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Something strange has happened to the music on the radio lately: suddenly it doesn't suck. By which I mean my 7-year-old daughter and I like the same stuff. The dance-pop made by Lady Gaga
, Katy Perry
, Adele, and their ilk appeal equally to middle-aged people and little kids, who both appreciate the thumping rhythms and catchy beats.
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The problem? The lyrics. They're not made for kids. And it's pretty icky to hear a little girl singing about how she wants to have a toast for the douchebags (Kanye West's "Runaway") or she wants to hear you scream all night (Usher's "Scream"). There are songs with lyrics vague/positive enough for everyone (I'm looking at you, Taio Cruz's "Dynamite"), but there are plenty of others with lyrics that make a parent cringe when they hear them coming out of a child's mouth. Such as:
- "Starships" by Nicki Minaj has a ferociously infectious beat and a chorus that seems innocuous enough when Minaj is singing about starships that are meant to fly. Sounds great! Until you get to the part about being higher than a motherf*cker and Minaj is advising listeners to f*ck who they want and f*ck who they like. Yikes! The video, which features Minaj rolling around in a bikini, is also cringe-inducing for parents.
- "Can you blow my whistle, baby?" Flo Rida asks on his admittedly extremely catchy single "Whistle." You just put your lips together and you come real close, he advises female listeners, who he says are talented with their lips like they blew out candles. Hmm . . . I do not think Flo Rida is really talking about whistling, do you?
- OK, so maybe kids will not understand what Ke$ha means when she talks about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack in her hit "Tik Tok," and leaving the house for the evening means she is not coming back. But when she sings about boys trying to touch her junk, junk, suddenly you will be snapping the radio off and initiating a round of "Old MacDonald."
- It is enough to try to explain to little kids what the F is in the band name LMFAO. The lyrics to their unbelievably popular song "Party Rock Anthem" are equally troubling, with the singer explaining that he is running through hos like Dramo and that the girl you are looking for is on his jock. There is a long night of explanations ahead for parents whose kids wonder what this means, exactly.
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