14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This addictively catchy compilation from the tiny pop savants in the Kidz Bop cabal contains the giddiest chart-toppers from the start of this millennium. There’s a sweetness in hearing simplified versions of tracks by stars like Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Plain White T’s, with choruses delivered en masse by a choir of exuberant elementary schoolers. And song selection is key: The breezy whoops of “The Sweet Escape” and wistful refrains of “Hey Ya!” were meant to be sung by children.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This addictively catchy compilation from the tiny pop savants in the Kidz Bop cabal contains the giddiest chart-toppers from the start of this millennium. There’s a sweetness in hearing simplified versions of tracks by stars like Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Plain White T’s, with choruses delivered en masse by a choir of exuberant elementary schoolers. And song selection is key: The breezy whoops of “The Sweet Escape” and wistful refrains of “Hey Ya!” were meant to be sung by children.

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