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20 Pop songs for kids that don't involve sex, drugs or Lady Gaga

Your tots are bound to love these 20 pop hits

Do you ever listen closely to the lyrics from today's pop hits — that is, if you can even understand them? More often than not, they're filled with tales of unhealthy relationships, violence and yes — sex, drugs and rock and roll (gasp!). If you'd prefer to expose your kids to more appropriate music, here are 20 great pop songs perfect for young listeners.

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1. "Firework" – Katy Perry

Common Sense Media says this "unusually clean" Katy Perry song emphasizes self-esteem. It's profanity-free, has no references to sex or substances and encourages kids to rise above their insecurities, light their inner spark and let their colors shine. You go, girl!

2. "Stereo Hearts" – Gym Class Heroes (ft. Adam Levine)

This love song compares the singer's heart with a stereo that beats for his true love — pretty tame stuff. You'll be singing along to your own stereo when you listen to this song by American band Gym Class Heroes, with Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5.

3. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" – Taylor Swift

This sweet love song by Taylor Swift is a wholesome tune you can play for the whole family. Swift's trademark country pop sound will get the kids up and moving.

4. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" – Kelly Clarkson

This song is the ultimate girl-power anthem, with Kelly Clarkson belting out empowering lyrics to an upbeat pop rock beat. Pure positivity here.

5. "Good Feeling" – Flo Rida

Described by Common Sense Media as a "clean, positive rap tune," "Good Feeling" is about being strong and following your dreams.

6. "Lights" – Ellie Goulding

Get out the disco ball and blast this techno-pop tune from young UK singer Ellie Goulding. This song is free of mature subject matter and full of fantasy and fun.

7. "What Makes You Beautiful" – One Direction

No worries about sex and drugs in this upbeat love song by One Direction. Check out rapper Matty B's cover of the song on YouTube, from when he was just 8 years old. Pretty sweet!

8. "Feel Again" – OneRepublic

The whole family can safely enjoy this clean pop song about recovering from the pain of lost love. Lots of "woo-hoos" to sing along to, and a great fast-paced beat for kids to get their groove on.

9. "Steal My Kisses" – Ben Harper

This song by Ben Harper may be about a boy trying to steal kisses from his girlfriend, but it's also fun to sing to your little ones while chasing them around and trying to steal a few kisses of your own. It doesn't get much sweeter than that!

10. "Home" – Phillip Phillips

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips delivers a wholesome debut song with "Home" — a story of hope and encouragement from one friend to another. "Just know you're not alone, 'cause I'm going to make this place your home." His raspy voice and accompanying guitar music make this a catchy tune you may find yourself (and your kids) humming throughout the day.

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