Introducing kids to your fave pop tunes is a catch 22. It’s awesome to see them boogieing along with you, buuuut then you listen to the lyrics a little bit more closely. And it can be horrifying when you really tune in to what the singers are actually saying!
So many of these tracks are fun dance floor classics, but keep in mind that little ears are soaking up those lyrics and your kiddo might be keen for a sing-song of the cute-yet-inappropriate kind.
1. Get Lucky by Daft Punk
“She’s up all night ’til the sun, I’m up all night to get some, She’s up all night for good fun, I’m up all night to get lucky”
Girls like fun and sun. Boys are keen for other things. Okaaayyyy, no.
2. Milkshake by Kelis
Let’s just say that this catchy track penned by Pharrell Williams is not about a malted milk with an extra scoop, instead it’s Kelis letting us all know that she’s a dab hand with a good grip. But we know you knew that already. And all the boys heading for Kelis’ yard knew it too.
“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they’re like. It’s better than yours. Damn right its better than yours. I can teach you, but I have to charge.”
3. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
Ugh. Robin Thicke has proven himself to be total douche and we are sad that repeat offender Pharrell made this song so ear wormy because who the heck wants to sing about a bogus tale of how tricky consent is to determine. How is this even a pop song?! Double ugh.
“I know you want it, but you’re a good girl, the way you grab me, must wanna get nasty.” Etc.
4. Baby Got Back by Sir Mixalot
I like big butts. And I cannot lie. Round thing. Thong. Etc. Etc. No. How it made sense to use this in kids’ movie classic, Shrek we don’t even know.
5. Hotline Bling by Drake
There’s a lot of talk in this about a lady doing things with a man that is not Drake. He doesn’t want her bending over backwards, getting nasty, wearing less for said other dude. The chorus focuses on a late-night booty call. Probably you don’t want your three-year-old clocking this kind of language about women? Just a guess!
We made this version for fun a little while ago! Check it out:
6. Last Friday Night (TGIF) by Katy Perry
The confusing Katy Perry has a core audience of tween girls, but tries to be all things to all demographics with some very grown-up lyrics.
“We went streaking in the park, skinny dipping in the dark, then had a ménage-a-trois.”
7. Side to Side by Ariana Grande
It’s easy to assume Ariana Grande is a PG pop princess, but there are some pretty saucy hip-hop roots in her tracks – and she often collaborates with some non-G-rated peeps.
“This the new style with the fresh type of flow, Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle, Come true yo, get you this type of blow, If you wanna ménage I got a tricycle.” Type thing.
If you’re really not sure if you can ever have the radio on in the car again, if the kids are on board, then think again!
Kinderling Kids’ Radio broadcasts heaps of rad music across a bunch of genres. We curate current tracks that are kid-friendly so parents can rest easy and avoid saucy and sexist lyrics reaching tender ears.
This post originally appeared on Babyology.
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