Kidz Bop may be one of the most successful children’s groups of all time, as a group of child performers who performed G-rated covers of hit songs (and the commercials for these songs that those who grew up in the 2000s remembered. is known for. , They have released dozens of albums and completed numerous tours, the latest of which is coming to Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth on Saturday, November 25.
The Kidz Bop Kids are also mercilessly lampooned. Of course, not by its intended audience of children, but by adults who think the censored versions of the songs are silly. What part of “by kids, for kids” do they not understand?
Call us moderate, but we feel the need to come forward to defend them. Sure, the arrangements may be a little heavy handed for the interest of us sophisticated adults, but these kids are quite talented and put in solid performances on some of their covers. Here are a few that we think represent the best that Kidz Bop Kids has to offer. (We’ve also embedded a playlist with all the songs mentioned here. Our Spotify algorithm is now out of the loop, and we think yours should be, too.)
1. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.
The creative liberties Kidz Bop took with this cover really work. For one thing, he decided to skip the first verse and go straight to the chorus, knowing that it’s the only part of the song that people actually like. As far as rapping goes, it’s honestly no worse than Iggy Azalea. And in a rare twist, to make the song suitable for children he changed some lyrics that were actually improvements, including “My flow’s slow” was replaced with “My flow’s rock solid”. Even kids know there was no need to use the R-word in the original.
2. “Boy With Luv” by BTS, featuring Halsey
It’s a fun, bouncy song that feels good to sing along to. If you speak Korean, that is, and the Kidz Bop Kids apparently do. Kidz Bop has a worldwide reach, and their Spotify offers songs in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German, and of course, Korean. The most likely explanation for this is that there are many groups of them around the world, but it’s more fun to believe that these kids are multilingual geniuses.
3. “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I.
There is not a single parent on earth who would not prefer for their child to wear this version instead of the original version. Not because there’s anything objectionable about the lyrical content, but because the tones and my voice are possibly the most raspy on pop radio in recent memory. There was nowhere to go but up.
4. “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush.
“Running Up That Hill” was released in 1985, but experienced a massive resurgence in popularity after appearing in the fourth season. stranger things, In last year’s massive loss of Kate Bush covers, Kidz Bop stands out not because they’re that good, but because we admire their audacity and commitment to keeping the hits intact, no matter how out of left field they are. May not be. We’re also extremely pleased that the Kidz Bop Kids, who often sing “Oh My God” instead of “Oh My God” to avoid offending religious parents, are singing “And If I Could / So I’d make a deal with God” with his full chest on it.
5. “Happy” by Pharrell.
The song was conceived to be sung by children. was written for despicable Me 2 After all, the soundtrack has backing vocals that would be easy to adapt to a show singing arrangement. That being said, if you were to go to your child’s choir concert and they performed “Happy” with a similar performance to the Kidz Bop Kids, you would think they were pretty cool. (By the way, this is our metric for most of these entries: “Would this be tolerable at a choir concert?”)
6. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles.
Released an entire album titled Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop the Beatles sing, And it’s exactly as hit and miss as it sounds. The highlight is “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, a song so sweet and innocent that it sounds like it could be from a child’s perspective. Much more than this can be said about most of his covers. (We’re looking at you, “Cake by the Ocean.” Removing “oh my god” and “fuck” didn’t fix anything.)
7. “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
It’s a hard thing to live up to Rihanna, but the kids who sing her parts on this cover sound really great and there’s a lot of emotion in it. It’s easy to imagine them thinking about gym class or math class and also saying, “I feel like I’ve done a lot.” As far as the kids who sang West’s song were concerned, the bar was already pretty low.
8. “Can’t stop the feeling!” band justin timberlake
Go back and read the “Happy” entry again but replace despicable Me 2 with trolls, All the same principles apply.
9. “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris, featuring Florence Welch
As anyone who has lost their voice trying to scream this at their senior prom can tell you, this song is not an easy song to sing. We have to give these kids their flowers for playing the high notes in the chorus because surely most of us can’t do that. At least not without results. For its price, the backing track isn’t a bad cheat either. We can’t tell whether this says more about the skill of Kidz Bop’s producer or the blandness of Calvin Harris.
10. “Say Something” by A Great Big World, featuring Christina Aguilera
It’s a really nice arrangement where the kids deliver solid harmonies. We don’t even have a joke for this except the fact that we had to Google who sang it first.
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