We drive around listening to KidzBop a lot. It doesn’t really bother me. I don’t hear a lot of differences between the KidzBop versions of the songs and the regular versions of the songs. I mean, I guess I’m old or have bad taste or whatever.
Whenever you have a certain birthday, the “when you were born” lists inevitably include the #1 song when you were born. (Mine is “Silly Love Songs.”) I don’t remember hearing “Silly Love Songs” at ALL growing up. What I do remember hearing are the songs that were popular when I was about Elena’s age, about 6. These are the first popular songs I was really aware of (I mean, in addition to the Sesame Street records we had, and all the music my parents liked, and that sort of thing).
Google tells me that these are some of the songs that were really popular in 1982, when I was 6, and I think you’ll agree that this is a fairly awesome collection: Eye of the Tiger, You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Jack & Diane, Don’t Talk to Strangers, Up Where We Belong [which I remember VERY CLEARLY being an answer to a game of Hangman in first or second grade music class], Rosana, Eye in the Sky, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Pass the Dutchie, Come on Eileen, Hungry Like the Wolf, and Heat of the Moment.
So will Bad Blood be Elena’s Come On Eileen? Will she dance to this song at a club in London when she’s studying abroad? Will she figure out what’s really going on in Uma Thurman, like I did with Pass the Dutchie, years from now, and be like, “seriously?”