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Larkmarn
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11:44:15 AM Nov 18th 2014
edited by 156.33.241.6
Okay, so I pulled Unexpected Song for a few reasons. First off, it's potholed to Unexpected Character, which isn't allowed. Secondly... it seems pretty Square Peg Round Trope, and I feel like that requires some discussion. And lastly, the entries are just... odd. They're mostly Zero Context Examples, and some of them make no sense (how is "Fancy" a big surprise? Despite the subject matter, it was a huge song with a catchy hook. If you're still surprised by them having Age-Inappropriate lyrics by now, that's on you. And "Let It Go"? That's insane). Any genuinely useful information is covered by Age Inappropriate Art, I feel. Though some of those need to be changed to Bowdlerize.

I'll discuss individual examples if you want, but I'm not going to bother if we decide it's not worth having the trope anyway.

  • Unexpected Song:
    • Kidz Bop 6: "Burn"
    • Kidz Bop 7: "1985" and "Float On"
    • Kidz Bop 8: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Take Me Out"
    • Kidz Bop 9: "Wake Me Up When September Ends", "Feel Good, Inc." and "Axel F"
    • Kidz Bop 10: "Hung Up"
    • Kidz Bop 11: "A Public Affair" and "Lips of an Angel"
    • Kidz Bop 12: "Home" (remember, "It's Not Over" also made it, so the presence of two Daughtry songs on the same album wasn't something that people could see coming. Since "It's Not Over" was a hit first, its chances were better than "Home"'s.)
    • Kidz Bop 13: "Party Like A Rock Star"
    • Kidz Bop 14: "Sorry", "Superstar" and "Take You There"
    • Kidz Bop 15: "Let It Rock" and "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"
    • Kidz Bop 16: "How Do You Sleep?", "Live Your Life" and "Hoedown Throwdown"
    • Kidz Bop 17: "Paparazzi"
    • Kidz Bop 18: "Single Ladies" (the album came out one and a half years after "Single Ladies" topped the charts; they were probably cashing in the the popularity of the second Alvin & The Chipmunks movie, though.)
    • Kidz Bop 19: "Club Can't Handle Me," "Magic," and "Please Don't Go" (remember, "Airplanes" and "Cooler Than Me" also made it, so the presence of two B.o.B. and Mike Posner songs was unexpected, and since "Airplanes" and "Cooler Than Me" were much bigger hits than their followups, the odds of making it were in their favor). Since Kidz Bop have as of lately allowed no more than one artist each to be covered twice per album, it was quite shocking to see them chose minor B.o.B. and Mike Posner hits. There's also Neon Trees' "Animal," a Mind Screw of a song that's either about drugs/overdose, cannibalism, or not getting over someone. No interpretation is appropriate for children. It may have gotten in because it's ridiculously catchy.
    • Kidz Bop 20: "Forget You" and "Perfect" were the biggest surprises, but "The Story of Us" and "Tonight Tonight" are also notable. The former is a Taylor Swift hit that failed to hit the Hot 100's top 40, while the latter song, by then-unknown band Hot Chelle Rae, would become a huge hit in the summer but never took off until after the track listing was released. (Of, course, had Kidz Bop passed it over for "20," it almost certainly would have made it onto "21.")
    • Kidz Bop 21: "Party Rock Anthem" and "Fly." "It Girl" was quite a shock too, as neither it nor "Fly" were that big of a hit. Chances are, if "Tonight, Tonight" didn't make it onto Kidz Bop 20, it would have taken the spot of either "It Girl" or "Fly" for "21."
    • Kidz Bop 22: "Starships" and "Tonight is the Night" (and, to a lesser degree, "Wild Ones" and "Dance Again"). "Lights," which was an iTunes bonus track, is a unique case, as Kidz Bop jumped on it before it really became a big hit, and there was no time to pull it off the track listing at the last minute and save it for "23."
    • Kidz Bop 23: "Gangnam Style." Nobody thought that Kidz Bop would bother to cover a song sung almost entirely in Korean, but were they wrong. "I Cry", "Locked Out Of Heaven" and "Diamonds" fit to a lesser extent.
    • Kidz Bop 24: "Thrift Shop," "Suit & Tie" and "Don't Stop The Party" (and, to a lesser extent, "I Love It" and "Feel This Moment"). Some of the more surprising omissions include "When I Was Your Man" and "Daylight." "Don't You Worry Child" and "Stay" were also big enough hits to make the main disc, but got relegated to bonus tracks.
    • Kidz Bop 25: "Summertime Sadness" and "The Fox". The former was a shock for reasons stated above; the latter was an Internet meme that got zero airplay.
    • Kidz Bop 26: "Sing" and "Let It Go". The former was surprising for reasons mentioned above; the latter was a song from a Disney animated movie that got little radio airplay.
    • Kidz Bop 27: "Fancy" was the biggest surprise, but "Really Don't Care" and "Cool Kids" are also notable. The former was a Demi Lovato track that failed to reach the Hot 100's top 25; the latter, by then-unknown band Echosmith, would later become a bigger hit, but was just taking off when the track listing was revealed.
mortimermcmire
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01:49:09 PM Apr 5th 2012
Kidz Bop is everything I hate about modern music. Children singing horrible covers of songs they have no business performing, let alone listening to, with lyrics they should never utter.