Can You Name The Original Song If We Give You the KIDZ BOP Lyrics?

By: Beth Hendricks
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Can You Name The Original Song If We Give You the KIDZ BOP Lyrics?
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About This Quiz

We've all been there. We're driving down the freeway, and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" comes on the radio. We crank the volume and belt out, "It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not!" Wait, what? Whoa. That's not at all how that song goes! Are you confused? We were too. For the record, the line is, "It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not!" And that's far from the only song where we misunderstand the lyrics. Did you know Aretha Franklin's "Respect," doesn't go, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T/Take out TCP?" But, hey, we're having fun with it, so why does it matter?

It may come as a surprise (or not, if you have kids) then that there's an entire industry out there devoted to intentionally changing the lyrics of today's popular songs. Kidz Bop, which debuted in 2001, takes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Drake, One Direction and many more and swaps out the "scandalous" lyrics in favor of more kid-friendly words — sung by kids, of course. References to sex? Gone. Curse words? Out of here. Alcohol turned into water, like a miracle straight out of the Bible.

So, the real question here is, could you identify today's songs with more virtuous lyrics? Let's see if you've got what it takes to identify the real tune behind these kid-friendly versions.

Uptown Funk Bruno Mars knows that good hydration is key, thanks to Kidz Bop's lyric change, "Stop, wait a minute/Fill my cup, put some water in it." What song is it from?
"Uptown Funk"
Call it a miracle of Biblical proportions ... or just another lyric change courtesy of Kidz Bop. This time they changed liquor into water from these original lyrics: "Stop, wait a minute/Fill my cup, put some liquor in it."
"That's What I Like"
"Grenade"
"Locked Out Of Heaven"

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Cake By The Ocean "Now we're licking frosting from our own hands," figures prominently in the Kidz Bop version of which of these songs?
"Cake By The Ocean"
No song with "cake" in the title would be complete without a lyric about frosting. DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean" is no exception, but we're not sure exactly why this one was changed. The original tune says, "See you licking frosting from your own hands."
"Body Moves"
"Truthfully"
"TV In The Morning"

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All Of Me "Love your words and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections," is Kidz Bop's take on which of these John Legend ballads?
"Ordinary People"
"Love Me Now"
"All Of Me"
Kidz Bop takes issues with "curves," apparently, subbing these lyrics in place of "Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections." "All Of Me" was released by John Legend in 2013, part of his "Love In The Future" album.
"Tonight"

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All About That Bass Meghan Trainor sang, "Yeah, my mama she told me don't worry about your size/She says, 'Don't let it keep you at home in your room at night.'" Or, did she? Which of these song's lyrics were sanitized?
"Dear Future Husband"
"Super Bass"
"Just Got Paid"
"All About That Bass"
The song, "All About That Bass," actually goes, "Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size/She says, "Boys, they like a little more booty to hold at night.'" Either way, we dig this self-love message.

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Old Town Road You might've listened to this song on your tractor: "My life is a movie/Bull ridin' and bougie/Cowboy hat from Gucci." What's the title?
"Tennessee Whiskey"
"Old Town Road"
Lil Nas X had an unexpected hit on his hands with this anthem that took over the airways in early 2019. A subsequent remix with country music star Billy Ray Cyrus was also a hit. The original song states, "My life is a movie/Bull ridin' and boobies/Cowboy hat from Gucci." Easy to see why they made the change.
"That's My Kind of Night"
"Rewind"

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Thrift Shop Macklemore admitted, "Probably should have washed this/It smells like my baseball cleats," in this popular song. What tune is it?
"Can't Hold Us"
"Good Old Days"
"Thrift Shop"
All we can say about this one is ... gross. Macklemore's original "Thrift Shop" lyrics, "Probably should have washed this/It smells like R. Kelly's sheets," paints a pretty smelly picture of the singer's thrift store shopping experience.
"Corner Store"

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Closer They couldn't edit the group's name, but which of these songs was edited to say, "So baby pull me closer as we stand against the Rover?"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Hope"
"Closer"
The Chainsmokers and Halsey get their location changed up by Kidz Bop in "Closer." The original says, "So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover," while the edited version has the couple standing "against" the Rover. Much safer.
"Take Away"

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Starships "We’re KidzBop and we’re taking over," is nothing like the original lyric from this Nicki Minaj hit. Which one of these songs got a major overhaul?
"Good Form"
"Your Love"
"Starships"
Nicki Minaj likely doesn't even recognize her own lyrics in this "Starships" tune released in 2012. In the original version, she sings, "We're higher than a motherf**ker." Whoops, sorry Nicki, that's not kid-friendly.
"No Frauds"

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Sunflower Lyric changes in this song include "Back at that place, baby, you're a wreck," and "She wanna go off on a cruise." Which "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" single was it?
"Rockstar"
"Sunflower"
Post Malone & Swae Lee's "Sunflower" got hit several times with the Kidz Bop censor-o-meter, with these two lines, "Crash at my place, baby, you're a wreck," and "She wanna ride me like a cruise." The unedited version was used in "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse."
"Better Now"
"White Iverson"

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Blank Space Taylor Swift is keeping it fairly close to home with this Kidz Bop edit: "Grab your backpack and my hand/ I can make the bad days good for a weekend." What song is it?
"You Belong To Me"
"Love Story"
"Bad Blood"
"Blank Space"
Kidz Bop prefers to keep it stateside in the song "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift. In the original, Swift sings, "Grab your passport and my hand/I can make the bad guys good for a weekend."

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Story Of My Life Kidz Bop moved One Direction into a school with these lyrics, "She told me in the hallway she don't feel the same about us in her bones." What song is it from?
"Little Things"
"Best Song Ever"
"What Makes You Beautiful"
"Story Of My Life"
The original lyrics in "Story Of My Life" state: "She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones." It seems to allude to a couple who has spent the night together ... probably not a G-rated situation.

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Tik Tok "Before I leave, brush my teeth and then I go and pack/'Cause when I leave for the night, I ain't coming back," is a toned-down version of which of these tunes by Kesha?
"Praying"
"Take It Off"
"TiK ToK"
Singer/songwriter Kesha released "TiK ToK" in 2009 with these lyrics: "Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack./'Cause when I leave for the night, I ain't coming back."
"Die Young"

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High Hopes "Had to have high, high hopes for a living/Shooting for the stars when you knew that I was willing," takes this song from original to Kidz Bop-approved with one phrase change. What song is it from?
"Hey Look Ma, I Made It"
"Say Amen"
"High Hopes"
Panic! at the Disco recorded "High Hopes" with these lyrics, "Had to have high, high hopes for a living/Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing," but Kidz Bop subbed the phrase, "when you knew that I was willing," to get that "K" word out of there.
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa"

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Breakeven "I'm still alive but I'm barely breathin'/Just prayin' to a thing that I don't believe in," is a non-denominational edit of which of these songs?
"Hall Of Fame"
"Nothing"
"Superheroes"
"Breakeven"
Even God isn't safe from the wrath of Kidz Bop, being removed from The Script's "Breakeven." The original lyrics: "I'm still alive but I'm barely breathin'/Just prayed to a God that I don't believe in." The edited lyrics are certainly more inclusive of other religions.

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Sorry "Cause I'm missing you/and now I'm sorry," is a far cry from this song's original intent. Do you know what it is?
"Baby"
"Never Say Never"
"Sorry"
Justin Bieber is still sorry in the song of the same name, "Sorry." The original lyrics that were censored by Kidz Bop say, "'Cause I'm missing more than just your body." He's missing you either way, so that's good, right?
"As Long As You Love Me"

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Royals "But every song is like gold teeth, gold goose, singin' in the bathroom," took the place of lyrics in which of these songs?
"Homemade Dynamite"
"Queens"
"Royals"
Lorde's "Royals" was converted to a more kid-friendly version with the removal of a brand of liquor. The original line says, "But, every song is like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom."
"The Love Club"

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7 Rings Kidz Bop changed so much about this song, they probably should've avoided it altogether. Which song features the revamped lyrics, "Been through the baddest/It should be the saddest?"
"Into You"
"7 Rings"
Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" is virtually unrecognizable in its Kidz Bop-adjusted state. The line, "Been through the baddest/It should be the saddest," is actually, "Been through some bad sh*t/I should be a sad b*tch." It's just one of several changes Kidz Bop made to this song.
"Boyfriend"
"Break Free"

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Telephone Lady Gaga is "Out in the club and I'm eating that grub," in which of these 2009 releases?
"Poker Face"
"Bad Romance"
"Just Dance"
"Telephone"
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé made it to the club, but for a meal not "bubbly," in the Kidz Bop version of "Telephone." However, the real lyrics say, "Out in the club and I'm sippin' that bubb/And you're not gonna reach my telephone."

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Youngblood The group 5 Seconds of Summer sang, "Remember the words you told me/Love me 'til the day I die," which Kidz Bop shifted to "the day I fly." Which song is it?
"Amnesia"
"Easier"
"Lie To Me"
"Youngblood"
"Youngblood" by 5 Seconds of Summer recounts the initial feelings early in a relationship that are no longer there. The first line of the song, "Remember the words you told me/Love me 'til the day I die," went decidedly less morbid in the Kidz Bop version with, "Love me 'til the day I fly." That's sort of the same, isn't it?

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Sucker This song's Kidz Bop lyrics has its group, "Dancing on top of cars and stumbling really far." Can you identify the song in question?
"Only Human"
"Cool"
"Sucker"
The Jonas Brothers' "Sucker" sees the group, "Dancing on top of cars and stumbling out of bars," while the Kidz Bop version is a little more vague about why the brothers are stumbling around. There's nothing worse than a kid singing about stumbling out of a bar, though.
"S.O.S."

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In My Feelings "Yeah, KB, baby, I buy you somethin' cost more than a penny." Kidz Bop thought this was a suitable replacement for lyrics in which of these songs?
"Forever"
"Nice For What"
"One Dance"
"In My Feelings"
We've got to admit: This change-up for Drake's "In My Feelings" is pretty strange. The original lyrics are, "TrapMoneyBenny, I buy you champagne, but you love some Henny." Henny, of course, refers to Hennessy. We've never seen anyone dancing to the Kidz Bop version, though.

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The Heart Wants What It Wants Selena Gomez might have sung, "You got me wishin' on something," in this song if Kidz Bop had its say. What tune are we referencing?
"The Heart Wants What It Wants"
"The Heart Wants What It Wants" was a 2014 release by Selena Gomez, where the one-time girlfriend of Justin Bieber sang, "You got me sippin' on something." Kidz Bop thought, "You got me wishin' on something" sounded more kid-friendly.
"It Ain't Me"
"Wolves"
"I Can't Get Enough"

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Starving Kidz Bop updated this Hailee Steinfeld song to, "I didn't know that I was starving till I looked at you." What song did they modify?
"Most Girls"
"Let Me Go"
"Starving"
"I didn't know that I was starving till I looked at you" took the place of, "I didn't know that I was starving till I tasted you," in the song "Starving" by Hailee Steinfeld. Kidz Bop also changed, "You do things to my body," to "You do things to my heartbeat." Hubba hubba.
"Hungry"

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Love Me Harder “Can you hear the song singing in my heart," is a much more kid-friendly option for a line from which of these songs?
"Let Me Love You"
"Love Me Harder"
Ariana Grande's song, "Love Me Harder," featuring The Weeknd, is a bit more risqué with its original lyrics, "Can you feel the pressure between your hips?" Kidz Bop cleaned it up to make it kid-friendly, but good luck explaining that title.
"Problem"
"Right There"

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Finesse Can you identify this song? "Blame it on my confidence/Oh, blame it on the way we dance/Shut that thing down on sight/That's right." What's the title?
"Finesse"
Bruno Mars' collaboration with Cardi B on the song, "Finesse," was a frequent flyer on radio stations, making it a likely Kidz Bop choice. The original lyrics: "Blame it on my confidence/Oh, blame it on your measurements/Shut that sh*t down on sight/That's right."
"The Lazy Song"
"Grenade"
"24K Magic"

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Girls Like You Take her out on a proper date! Kidz Bop changed the lyrics to this song to, "We spent those date nights/Making things right, between us." What song is hidden here?
"Animals"
"Girls Like You"
Hey Maroon 5, Kidz Bop wants you to take her on a proper date, altering the lyrics of "Girls Like You" from "We spent the late nights/Making things right, between us." Late nights, date nights ... it's not one of Kidz Bop's more substantial alterations.
"Sugar"
"Moves Like Jagger"

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I Like It Cardi B never envisioned these lyrics: "They call us Kidz Bop/Bangin' party." What song are they from?
"Bodak Yellow"
"Press"
"I Like It"
Cardi B liked her original lyrics, "They call me Cardi Bardi/Bangin’ body," enough to include them in her 2018 song, "I Like It," a collaboration with Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Kidz Bop, on the other hand, removed Cardi B's name altogether.
"Money"

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Without Me The singer of this song was, "Feelin' so fly," and "Just running from the feelings in your mind," according to Kidz Bop. What song is it?
"11 Minutes"
"Beside You"
"Without Me"
"Without Me" by singer Halsey got the Kidz Bop treatment, turning "Feelin' so high" into "Feelin' so fly," and changing the word "demons" into "feelings" in the second phrase. "Without Me" was a single released from Halsey's forthcoming album, "Manic."
"Now or Never"

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Send My Love (To Your New Lover) Kidz Bop actually removed part of this song's title and edited another line in the lyrics to, "You had your arms wrapped, wrapped around me." What tune is it from?
"Set Fire To The Rain"
"Hello"
"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" is a pretty strange song to get the Kidz Bop seal of approval, but once the title was changed to drop "(To Your New Lover)" altogether and some of the lyrics were altered such as, "You put your hands on, on my body," it was added to Kidz Bop 34.
"Rolling In The Deep"

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Eastside This collab features the lyrics, "Then we grew up, stayed in touch/Used to talk underneath the light on the back of the bus." Kidz Bop style, of course. What song are we referencing?
"OTW"
"Eastside"
"Eastside," a collaboration between Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid, actually is a lot more physical than the Kidz Bop lyrics lead you to believe. Here's the original, "Then we grew up, started to touch/Used to kiss underneath the light on the back of the bus." Scandalous!
"Better"
"Talk"

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My House The opening lyrics of this Flo Rida song were changed to, "This is how we do it, Kidz Bop!" Well, at least it rhymes. What song are we talking about?
"Good Feeling"
"Low"
"Whistle"
"My House"
Flo Rida kicks off his "My House" song with this opening: "Open up the champagne, pop!" Conveniently, "Bop" and "pop" happen to rhyme. Kidz Bop also altered other parts of this song changing, for example, "Show me what you do now" to, "Show me how you dance now."

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I Know What You Did Last Summer This song changed the popular kiddie saying, "Cross my heart and hope to die," to "Cross my heart and hope tonight." What song is it from?
"I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Shawn Mendes didn't know he was doing anything wrong when he sang, "Cross my heart and hope to die," in "I Know What You Did Last Summer," but Kidz Bop decided it needed to be cleaned up a bit, changing it to "Cross my heart and hope tonight."
"Señorita"
"Stitches"
"Treat You Better"

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God's Plan The singer of this song warned, "Don't pull up at 6 a.m. to talk here with me," according to Kidz Bop. What song is it?
"Hotline Bling"
"Money In The Grave"
"Started From The Bottom"
"God's Plan"
It was "God's Plan," according to rapper/singer Drake, when he wrote, 'Don't pull up at 6 a.m. to cuddle with me." But, Kidz Bop had other ideas, shifting that line to "Don't pull up at 6 a.m. to talk here with me."

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I'm The One Kidz Bop not only axed Quavo and Chance the Rapper's verses on this song but also changed Lil Wayne's part to "When she hear this song she dances crazy." Which of these songs is it from?
"I'm The One"
It's not hard to see why Kidz Bop sanitized DJ Khaled's "I'm The One" for a younger, more impressionable audience. Lil Wayne's original lyric, "When she on the molly, she a zombie," is a pretty upfront drug reference. Quavo and Chance the Rapper were axed from the song altogether.
"Wild Thoughts"
"Just Us"
"Wish Wish"

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Sing Which Ed Sheeran song got the Kidz Bop treatment with these sanitized lyrics, "I told her my name and said, 'It's nice to meet ya'/And then she handed me a bottle of water/Said 'Nice to meet ya?'"
"Shape Of You"
"Sing"
Kidz Bop took the alcohol away from Ed Sheeran in "Sing," with original lyrics that stated, "I told her my name and said, ‘It's nice to meet ya'/And then she handed me a bottle of water with tequila." The edited version is drink-free and, also, we'd say, much more friendly.
"Thinking Out Loud"
"Beautiful People"

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