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->''"For extra credit, compare and contrast this with the bizarre modern phenomenon where the Kidz Bop munchkins put smiley faces on wrist-slitting fare like [[Music/{{Evanescence}} 'Bring Me To Life.']]"''
-->--'''[[http://www.warr.org/odd70s.html#InnocenceAndDespair warr.org]]'''

''Kidz Bop'' is a CD series of pop song covers performed by kids. Currently on the [[LongRunner 33rd CD]] of their main series, Kidz Bop has also released several special collection [=CDs=]. Kidz Bop releases albums every six months; it changed to a quarterly release schedule in 2015 but returned to its traditional biannual release a year later.
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!!Tropez Bop:

* AgeInappropriateArt: A list of songs that have been featured within that make you go "What the ''hell'' were they thinking, putting ''that'' in there?!":
%%Please list the covers in chronological order based on the album they appeared on. For artists with multiple songs, list them based on when they first appeared in this franchise (this doesn't include features).
** Music/{{Evanescence}}'s "Bring Me To Life", a song about suffering from depression.
** Trapt's "Headstrong", which is about stubborn determination.
** Music/BritneySpears' "Toxic." At best, it's a song about substance abuse. At worst, it's a song that uses substance abuse as a metaphor for sex. Not a single lyric was changed.
** Music/SimplePlan's "Welcome to My Life," a song about the most angst-ridden teen alive.
** Music/GreenDay's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends". The former is about feeling disillusioned with life; the latter is about Billie Joe Armstrong's deceased father. [[UnfortunateImplications Oops…]]
** Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" is generally thought of as being about a sniper about to shoot his target. While "Take Me Out" could mean "take me out on a date" in theory, the rest of the lyrics ("I'm just a crosshair / I'm just a shot then we can die") are clearly about an assassination.
** Pete Wentz of Music/FallOutBoy actually caught on this, preventing "Dance, Dance" from being covered on ''Kidz Bop 10'' due to its sexual undertones.
** Hinder's "Lips Of An Angel", which is about having an affair.
** Music/{{Pink}}'s "Who Knew", "So What" and "Perfect" (which feature strong language and deal with subjects such as alcoholism and death).
** Music/{{Kesha}}'s "Tik Tok". Another song about hardcore partying with heavy references to drinking and sex.
** La Roux's "Bulletproof", which even in the title mentions bullets.
** {{Music/Usher}}'s "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love", which is about hardcore partying, excessive alcoholism and IntercourseWithYou.
** Music/FloRida's "Club Can't Handle Me", "Wild Ones", "I Cry", "GDFR" and "My House", which are about sex, alcohol, hardcore partying and (in the case of "I Cry") death.
** Neon Trees' "Animal" doesn't TECHNICALLY have bad language in it, but it's still [[LyricalDissonance a peppy song]] about drugs, unrequited love, [[MindScrew and (metaphorical?) cannibalism.]] Plus, the song builds to the screamed-out line ''[[IntercourseWithYou "And I won't be denied by you, the animal inside of you"]]'' and has the constant refrain of "No, I won't sleep tonight," which can easily be interpreted sexually.
** Music/MyChemicalRomance's "Sing" was a Target-exclusive song on ''20''. Kids love being the voice to show all the injustice in the world, right?
** Music/{{LMFAO}}'s "Party Rock Anthem". A song about drinking, sex and [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy hardcore partying]] isn't really Kidz fare.
** Music/{{Maroon 5}}'s "Moves Like Jagger", which uses dancing as an euphemism for sex.
** "How To Love" by Music/LilWayne is a Target-exclusive track on ''21''. Unless you count "Let It Rock", it's the first and probably last time they'll touch a Lil Wayne song.
** Music/NickiMinaj's "Starships". A song about wasting your rent money in exchange for materialistic desires like alcohol and sex.
** Music/BrunoMars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" on ''23'' and Music/JustinTimberlake's "Suit & Tie" on ''24'', which are obviously about sex.
** Music/LanaDelRey's "Summertime Sadness" made ''25''. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, dirges about suicide are for kids indeed]].
** Music/EdSheeran's "Sing" made ''26''. It may be due to Sheeran's status as a TeenIdol towards girls, [[SarcasmMode but doesn't it scream "kid-friendly" like a song about consuming copious amounts of alcohol and tobacco?]]
** Bastille's "Pompeii": Hey kids, here's a song about a historical disaster that killed more than 10,000 people!
** Music/IggyAzalea's "Fancy". The alcoholism in the song makes "Sing" look tame in comparison.
** Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" on ''27'', which is obviously a song about asses.
** MAGIC!'s "Rude", which is about marriage.
** Music/SamSmith's "I'm Not the Only One" is on ''28''. Hey kids, here's a song about sadness and infidelity, [[SarcasmMode your two favorite things!]]
** Also on ''28'' is Music/ArianaGrande's "Love Me Harder", which is about [[IntercourseWithYou exactly what one would think it's about]].
** From ''29'', Music/EllieGoulding's "Love Me Like You Do". Because a song that cannot reasonably be interpreted nonsexually is obviously for kids. You would think that its association with ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' would prevent its inclusion, but it didn't (at least "[[Music/TheWeeknd Earned It]]" got spared).
** Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me": Yet another in a long list of obvious IntercourseWithYou songs covered by Kidz Bop.
** Music/{{Rihanna}}, Music/KanyeWest, and Music/PaulMcCartney's "[=FourFiveSeconds=]": A song about relationship indignation that deals with subjects such as drinking and imprisonment.
** Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good.": Because a song about trying not to cheat on your significant other when you're drunk is just what kids needed.
** David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" are on ''30'', adding to Kidz Bop's long list of sexually charged covers (and The Weeknd ''really'' dodged a bullet this time around, with "Can't Feel My Face" becoming the first #1 to not be covered since "The Monster").
** Music/{{Drake}}'s "Hotline Bling" is on ''31''. Because a song about a booty call is obviously for kids!
** Elle King's "Ex's And Oh's" from ''31'', a song about a woman's exes coming back to her for orgasmic sex.
** DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean" is on ''32'' despite its strong sexual content. Just because Joe Jonas sings it doesn't mean it's for kids.
** "No" by Music/MeghanTrainor is also featured. Because a song about strangers hitting on you is obviously kid-friendly.
** Kent Jones' "Don't Mind" is on ''33''. Because there's nothing children love more than screwing foreign chicks.
** Also on ''33'' is Music/GEazy and Music/BebeRexha's "Me, Myself & I" despite its strong language and materialistic content.
* AgeInappropriateDress: Maybe not to the extremes of some mainstream little-girl groups like Play, but to some extent the outfits the preteen girls wear in the dance-along videos border on too revealing.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Kidz Bop does this to songs that originally have profanity or anything relating to substance abuse, alcohol, violence or sex in their lyrics in order to make them more kid-friendly. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids This makes their song choices interesting, to say the least.]] Even lyrics of more innocent forms of love are edited in more than a few situations.
** The rules are inconsistent. In "Jealous" from ''28'', "protective or possessive" was changed to "possessive or obsessive", but "call me obsessed" was changed to "call me a mess". On ''24'', "Can't Hold Us" changes "fight 'till it's over" to "dance 'till it's over", even though the reference is metaphorical, but on ''25'', "Brave"'s reference to a weapon which was ''not'' metaphorical was kept in, along with "Bad Blood" and "Fight Song"'s titles and some of the references, like "did you have to hurt me?" and "the wrecking balls inside my brain", both from ''30''. All of the GettingCrapPastTheRadar examples count as well.
* CelebrityStar:
** Sean Kingston appeared on ''14'' to sing "Take You There" with the Kidz Bop Kids.
** [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya]] appeared in the music video for their cover of "[[Music/KatyPerry Hot N' Cold]]", though she didn't sing in it.
** Becky G briefly sung for Kidz Bop in 2010.
* ChildPopstar: The best-known example in 21st century America.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Many of the bowdlerized versions of the songs have their meaning changed pretty drastically. Especially any songs that are centered around drug use or drinking.
** An example of this trope is their cover of DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean", which in the original version uses cake as a metaphor for sex, whereas the Kidz Bop version is about eating literal cake.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Once upon a time, Kidz Bop would not lay their hands on any PG-13 rated song. Nowadays, having a huge pop hit and being passed over by Kidz Bop is seen as the music industry's equivalent of dodging a bullet. Proof of Kidz Bop's increasingly liberal approach to song selection can be seen in its track record of covering ''Hot 100'' number-one singles. For example, out of 18 #1 singles in 2000, only seven ("Smooth", "What A Girl Wants", "Amazed", "Try Again", "Be with You", "Everything You Want", and "Come On Over Baby") appeared on a Kidz Bop album. Flash-forward to 2015, and "Cheerleader" is the ''thirteenth'' consecutive Hot 100 #1 single to have made it onto a Kidz Bop album.[[note]]Let's count: "Timber", "Dark Horse", "Happy" and "All of Me" on ''26'', "Fancy", "Rude", "Shake it Off", and "All About That Bass" on ''27'', "Blank Space" and "Uptown Funk" on ''28'', "See You Again" on ''29'', and "Bad Blood" and "Cheerleader" on ''30''. The streak was finally broken when neither "Can't Feel My Face" nor "The Hills," The Weeknd's #1 hits, appeared on any ''Kidz Bop'' album, for the The Weeknd himself is often seen drunk or high, and "The Hills" is highly inappropriate for kids. However, the remaining #1 hits of the year, "What Do You Mean?" and "Hello," and "Sorry", the first #1 of 2016, made it onto ''31'' with hardly any issues. "Work", "Love Yourself", and "One Dance" (but not "Pillowtalk" or "Panda") made it onto 32. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" and "Cheap Thrills" made it onto 33. Will "Closer" make 34? Stay tuned. In any case "Black Beetels" will almost certainly break the strike[[/note]]. This is inverted with "Locked Away", which is inexplicably absent from the series despite being a perfectly clean and massive hit.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite being aimed towards children, some inappropriate lyrics remain unaltered here and there. While it could possibly be on accident or due to Kidz Bop's misinterpretations of the lyrics, what slips by is quite surprising to say the least.
** In 2009, when UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}} put Kidz Bop [=CDs=] in their Happy Meals, one of the [=CDs=] featured a cover of Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be" with the line "I'm tired of lookin' round rooms" possibly missung/misheard as "I'm tired of [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] round rooms". [[http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business/Parents-Not-Happy-With-Spicy-Happy-Meal.html This resulted in controversy and complaints surronding McDonald's.]]
** The Kidz Bop edit of Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" is still very suggestive - the chorus includes the promise of "leaving it all on the floor tonight" among other references.
** Their cover of Music/BarenakedLadies' "One Week" leaves intact with the line "Gotta get in tune with ''Manga/SailorMoon'', cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes [[SomethingElseAlsoRises that make me think the wrong thing]]."
** Their cover of Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" doesn't change the line "Like ghosts they want me to make them O" which is an interpretation for an orgasm.
** They literally get "crap" past the radar in their cover of Train's "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" by leaving the "crappy purple Scion" line intact.
** In their cover of Flo Rida's "Wild Ones", every alcoholic beverage reference is removed, but a bizzare aversion is the word "vodka" in the line "Gotta move over like too much vodka".[[note]]The original lyric is "Got a hangover like too much vodka", and given that the term "hangover" wouldn't be appropriate in a Kidz Bop cover, it makes sense for the word to be changed, and being asked to "move over" after excessive vodka consumption also makes sense in context, but the mystery that remains is why the reference to vodka is left intact (whereas every other drinking reference is modified)[[/note]].
** In their cover of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!", the term "white gold", which is a street term for cocaine, remains intact.
** "Me, Myself & I" has the line "we don't take L's, we just make M's" kept in, despite the L being a term for a line (of cocaine).
* LongRunner: They've released 33 [=CDs=] since first starting in 2001.
* LyricalDissonance: As the entry for AgeInappropriateArt points out, there are plenty of songs with dark themes that were already LyricalDissonance...and their version winds up even cheerier-sounding.
* NeverSayDie: Among other examples, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody that I Used to Know" had the line "So happy you could die" changed to "So happy you could cry." Also, Music/SelenaGomez's "Come and Get It" had the line "I'll die happily" changed to "I'll live happily". There are ocassionally bizarre aversions, such as Music/{{Buckcherry}}'s "Sorry", [[Music/CeeLoGreen Gnarls]] [[Music/BrianBurton Barkely]]'s "Crazy", Music/ZaraLarsson & MNEK's "Never Forget You", Frank Ferdinands "Take Me Out" and Destiny Child's "Survivor".
* OhMyGods: Inverted. References to the Lord's name in vain are usually modified, although occasionally left intact, such as in Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise (remix)".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: The usage of Z instead of S in the title.
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