Kidz Bop 21
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Much parental fuss has been made over KIDZ BOP. This is a music series by a record label called Razor & Tie that has been around for about ten years. Every year they release a couple of compilation CDs and up to four "special collection" CDs (such as "Kidz Bop Sings The Beatles"). The main concept is kids performing "kid-friendly" versions of Top 40 songs. "Today's Biggest Hits Sung By Kids For Kids" as the album cover proclaims. Some parents think this is great and some parents are horrified, what with all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll (but especially sex) vibes that are woven into many of today's top pop songs (and to have children listening to other children singing this filth...oh, the horror!)
I shall now throw in my two cents for what it's worth:
I am a reasonably religious and relatively respectable father of two. I think this stuff is fine and I can see why kids of a certain age or a certain phase might lap it up. The songs are edited to a degree and the kid performers turn in fairly quality performances.
Although the series is aimed at music fans 5-12, I would think it would hold the greatest appeal for the 5-9 range - a time when many kids will be more interested in the beats and the feel of the music - a time when kids just want something that sounds fun and cool that they can dance to. And "Today's Biggest Hits" certainly have plenty of big danceable beats that will blow the usual kiddie songs out of the water.
Many 10-12 year olds will already have moved on to the genuine article and for those that haven't, more power to them and their parents - they should keep listening to stuff like KIDZ BOP while they still can.Read more ›
For those who would complain about little kids hearing or singing along to songs like Edge of Glory... please think back just a bit to your own childhood. Now, I don't know about you, but I grew up singing songs like Puff the Magic Dragon. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Even a little Def Leppard (Pour Some Sugar on Me - yowza). Never thought a thing of it. Sure didn't grow up to be a pothead because I unknowingly sang about Puff the Marijuana Dragon. Didn't become promiscuous because I sang along with Def Leppard. Never even picked up on the underlying meanings, not until years later.
Bottom line: the kids performing on this album are reasonably talented. The songs are well-chosen to appeal to kids. It's not too painful for an adult to listen to (especially after years of toddler tunes played ad nauseum). So, all in all, this one gets my thumbs-up.
As far as the music is concerned, my children (ages 8-10) enjoy hearing the songs sung by children like them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These songs are so bad for young kids. why don't they just start doing lil Kim or easy E. I won't let my children listen to this garbage.Published 13 months ago by william shields
Quick n easy one click n my kid hears it on her kindle fire with ease can't ask for more download is a cinchPublished 21 months ago by cynthia
The kiddos in my class love it. We use it for our exercises in the morning, along with games that involve listening skills and following directions.Published 22 months ago by CAB2212
this cd is filled with so many fun songs for kids to sing along to as well as adults. good buyPublished 22 months ago by Elizabeth Tas