This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
What songs will be on Kidz Bop 24?
Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat." - It's Bieber, duh! His songs always make the Kidz Bop albums. Since his debut single "One Time" appeared on Kidz Bop 17, the only album in the series without a Bieber song is Kidz Bop 21, and he only released a Christmas album in the six months preceding "21."
Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." - All of her major hits have appeared in the franchise, and I doubt this will be an exception. Unless "22" becomes bigger than "I Knew You Were Trouble," I think it's a near-lock.
Confirmed, as is 22
Bruno Mars's "When I Was Your Man." - A much cleaner song than "Locked Out of Heaven," and if that could make "23," this has an even better chance now.
Rihanna's "Stay" - See "When I Was Your Man," but replace "Locked Out of Heaven" with "Diamonds."
Confirmed; it is a Target-exclusive track
Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child." - The song is 100% clean, and it has a great message. It will fit perfectly on the CD.
Confirmed; it is an iTunes bonus track.
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey." - Rock crossover songs usually make the "Kidz Bop" albums, with the only exceptions being ones with explicit themes. This song is just about love, so it's fine for the album.
Maroon 5's "Daylight." - It's the most kid-friendly of their three singles on "Overexposed", and since "Payphone" made 22 (but "One More Night" fortunately got passed over for 23) it should have a good shot.
Olly Murs's "Troublemaker." - Another pop-rock song that just hit the top 10 of the pop radio charts. Since this became a big hit, I can see it making it onto the tracklist.
Confirmed; it is a Target-exclusive track
Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason." - While "Try" was also very kid-friendly, this is gearing up to become a much bigger hit, so its chances are better.
Confirmed; "JGMAR" made the main disc, and "Try" is a Spotify bonus track.
Pitbull's "Feel This Moment." - Now this is a tough one. Pitbull's songs usually don't make it on here, but "Feel This Moment's" chorus fits "Kidz Bop" better than anything else he's ever done.
Confirmed, along with "Don't Stop the Party". Both songs include Pitbull's verses.
Calvin Harris's "Sweet Nothing." - It's just another dance song without anything explicit in it.
Confirmed; it is a Target-exclusive track
will.i.am's "Scream & Shout" or "#ThatPower." - Since "That Power" has Justin Bieber on it, I think it's more kid-friendly than "Scream and Shout." However, "That Power" might not become the hit that "Scream and Shout" was, not to mention the inclusion of "Beauty and a Beat" could work against it.
"Scream & Shout" made it, but "#ThatPower" did not.
Icona Pop's "I Love It." - While its lyrics may mention car crashes and such, it can be easily changed to fit the album better.
Krewella's "Alive." - More kid-friendly, but not nearly as big as "I Love It."
Jossed for "24", but confirmed for "25" (albeit as a Target bonus track).
Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors." - This has a much better chance of making it in than "Suit & Tie" because the latter is too sexual, not to mention "Mirrors" wil likely do better on the pop charts.
"Mirrors" made it, as did "Suit & Tie."
Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack." - Her music is more mature but still very kid-friendly, but since heart attacks are deadly, a song by that title might not make it on.
fun.'s "Carry On" - Has a few mature themes, but nothing that unfortunately couldn't be edited over.
What songs will be on Kidz Bop 25?
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." - It's number-one on the Hot 100, for crying out loud! It's quite sexually charged, though, but if "Suit & Tie" made it, this should get on too.
With all the controversy it has (lyrics and video), along with the very obvious sexual lyrics (worse so than "Suit and Tie"), probably not.
Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." - Well, there's nothing inappropriate in this tune. I'd say it's a very good bet for "25."
Nothing inappropriate? "I'm up all night to get some..." The lyrics are very obviously talking about sex. It's even in the title!
While Pharrell Williams has stated that "Get Lucky" is about establishing a connection beyond sex, Daft Punk themselves treat it as if it was a song about getting laid, so it isn't likely to appear.
The "get some" issue has already been dealt with on "Live While We're Young." It doesn't seem like there'll be much of an issue with adding the song onto "25."
Florida-Georgia Line's "Cruise (remix)." - It's just about driving and trucks. While kids aren't able to drive yet, since "I Love It," even in its Kidz Bop edit, has lyrics about driving, I don't see any reason it shouldn't make it on there. Even Nelly's verse doesn't seem so explicit.
"Yeah, when I first saw that bikini top on 'er/ she poppin' right out of the South Georgia water/ And oh, good Lord she had them long tanned legs..." Yep. Definitely going on Kidz Bop.
OK, they could just edit the "bikini" and "Lord" parts, and possibly "poppin'" as well. I think it will very likely go on Kidz Bop.
Confirmed; the production is based on the remix (the remix-exclusive "I got my windows down..." part is present); but Nelly's verse is excluded.
Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive." - Post-apocalyptic themes are quite present in this song, but the song is otherwise clean.
Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know..." - It's a little suggestive, but otherwise not an explicit song. I'd say it's a safe bet for "25."
Except Fall Out Boy have refused songs by them before. Unless they've done a complete 180, it's a safe bet that it will not be on the album.
Ariana Grande's "The Way." - I'm really surprised that a song by a Nickelodeon star wouldn't make it onto "24," but since it's just a song about puppy love, I definitely expect to see it on "25."
I think it's much more likely to be "Treasure" than "When I Was Your Man." Aside from the F-word being used in the intro, it's a very clean song. The word "sexy" does appear, but it doesn't go past admiring his girl's beauty.
"Treasure" made it, but "When I Was Your Man" didn't.
Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound." - The song's theme is "Love Will Conquer All." There are no objectionable themes in the song, and I think it would work very well on the album.
Confirmed; it's also the song that got a music video.
Anna Kendrick's "Cups." - Yes, it's from a PG-13 rated film, but Kidz Bop has already gone past that barrier ("It Will Rain," anyone?), and the song itself has nothing objectionable other than the mention of whiskey in the song's opening.
One Direction's "Best Song Ever" - It's going on, mark my words.
"Story Of My Life" might make it on instead. They could both make it on, but at least one of them is certain.
"Best Song Ever" made it; "Story Of My Life" didn't, but could very well make it onto "26".
Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" - Since it's about an explicit party, it very well might not make it, but since it's Miley, Kidz Bop might still try to get it on.
"Wrecking Ball" is looking more likely. While the video is edgy, the song itself doesn't seem to have much working against it.
"Wrecking Ball" made it, but "We Can't Stop" didn't.
Lorde's "Royals." - This song merely denounces the glamorous lifestyle of celebrities. There's a few minor references to alcohol and violence, but nothing that Kidz Bop won't write around. The fact that the song is by a 17-year old makes its appearance on the album more certain.
Avicii's "Wake Me Up." - With no strong references to violence, sex, or profanity, and has a message about following dreams.
Katy Perry's "Roar." - Just another Katy Perry girl-power anthem with nothing explicit to it. The boxing references are nothing too extreme for Kidz Bop to get past.
"Unconditionally", with its message of love everlasting, might also have a good chance, but it's not yet as massive as "Roar". With "Roar" very likely to make it on, this may hinder "Unconditionally"'s chances.
"Roar" made it, but "Unconditionally" didn't.
Jay-Z's "Holy Grail." - Well, maybe just the Timberlake part.
Maroon 5's "Love Somebody." - After "Daylight", it's probably the cleanest single from Overexposed.
Calvin Harris's "I Need Your Love." - Another generic clean dance tune.
Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" - A surprisingly clean song from him. I'd say it has a pretty good chance of appearing.
Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness (remix)" - The most explicit thing in this song is kissing, and that's made it onto Kidz Bop before.
Lady Gaga's "Applause" - The song itself is quite tame, with only some mild drug references. It's the video that's much more racy.
Taylor Swift's "Everything Has Changed" - There's nothing offensive in this tune. The odds might actually be in its favor. The only thing really working against it is that it's not that massive a hit.
Confirmed; it is an iTunes bonus track.
Selena Gomez's "Slow Down" - Fairly sexual, but since it's Selena, its chances could be decent.
OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" - Their songs usually make Kidz Bop's albums, and Common Sense Media says that this one is a "clean track about trying to overcome the stressful parts of life and find greater meaning". Sounds like just what Kidz Bop needs, right?
Jossed for "25", but it will very likely make it onto "26".
Ylvis's "The Fox" - A very kid-friendly satirical video. It'll be quite hilarious to see it on the next album.
Passenger's "Let Her Go" - A clean song about appreciating what you have before it's gone. If it becomes a bigger hit, it could very well end up on the album.
Confirmed; it is a Target bonus track.
What songs will be on Kidz Bop 26?
OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" - See above.
One Direction's "Story of My Life" - See above.
Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" - See above.
"Dark Horse" might also make it, although its occult themes cast doubt on this. It did, however, become a much bigger hit than "Unconditionally" was.
Pitbull's "Timber" - Normally, I would be against adding a Pitbull song onto the list, but because "Feel This Moment" and "Don't Stop The Party" have appeared on prior Kidz Bop albums, I'd say this has a good shot. Other than a Miley Cyrus VMA reference and a few swear words, the song is mostly clean. It's another "club" song that should make it onto Kidz Bop easily.
Imagine Dragons' "Demons" - While Kidz Bop may not want to put a song called "Demons" on one of their albums, the song is clean.
A Great Big World's "Say Something" - A sad, but clean, breakup tune.
Avicii's "Hey Brother" - A clean song about friendship and caring for others. Since it made the top 20, it could very well end up on the album.
Zendaya's "Replay" - A very clean love song, and it's by a 17-year-old Disney star. The song grew fast but stalled outside the top 40.
Lorde's "Team" - A clean track about the reality of being young in this day and age. Since this became pretty massive, it probably has a great chance.
Aloe Blacc's "The Man" - A positive empowerment anthem; it's become a huge hit with the help of the Beats commercials.
Pharrell Williams' "Happy" - It's clean, positive and upbeat, it was written for an immensely successful animated movie and it's a massive hit. There's virtually nothing working against its inclusion on the album.
American Authors' "Best Day Of My Life" - A clean, optimistic song about enjoying life. It's not a massive hit yet, but it has gone top 40.
Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" - Another clean (if somewhat suggestive) song. If a song called "Heart Attack" could make it, this shouldn't have too much difficulty.
Bastille's "Pompeii" - Sure, it's about a famous historical disaster, but Kidz Bop has already gone there ("Take Me Out", anyone?), and the lyrics are tame.
The Chainsmokers' "#SELFIE" - To fill in the once-per-installment novelty slot, they can use this smash hit. Too bad about the negative lyrics, though.
John Legend's "All of Me" - This is the biggest hit in Legend's career. It's a clean love ballad; that's all that really matters. It's perfectly appropriate for Kidz Bop.
John Newman's "Love Me Again" - A clean song about fixing a troubled relationship. Aside from brief mentions of "angels" and "devils", there's no reason it can't make the disc. Its primary disadvantage is the fact that it wasn't that big of a hit.
Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" - It comes from a massive Disney movie and went Top 5, but it is being held back by lack of radio airplay.
Has Kidz Bop ever done more than one movie song on the same album, though? If not, it's seriously disadvantaged against "Happy", which has the benefit of airplay.
Probably won't matter, anyways. "Happy" has its own independent life from Despicable Me 2, while "Let It Go" will always be attached to Frozen.
Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" - A mostly clean song about finding true love. There are a few instances of the F-word, but since the radio edit seamlessly changes them to "look", I don't think it will be that much of a problem.
Calvin Harris' "Summer" - An inoffensive (if not particularly massive) dance track.