Today, I did an entire refresh of my Music Jeopardy game for teens.
I updated all the songs for the Name That Tune and Finish the Phrase categories, and all the artists for the Name That Singer and Name That Style categories.
I do a refresh like this every few weeks, since the music that’s considered hip and cool seems to change pretty frequently.
It can be hard to keep up right?
For me, it is. So here’s where I hang out to find new music for my teen clients and students:
Now That’s What I Call Music
Billboard Hot 100
For the Name That Style category, I was having trouble coming up with an appropriate song for the rap category, so I went to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for Hot Rap Songs.
I found a song by a rapper I’d never heard of and included it in the Jeopardy Game (just because I hadn’t heard of him doesn’t mean my students haven’t!)
I was also having trouble finding songs that had appropriate lyrics and content for one of the schools where I work.
So I went to the Kidz Bop and Now That’s What I Call Music sites.
These sites are great because you can find clean versions of popular music and the songs that your clients like.
These are resources I come back to time and time again as I keep my finger on the pulse of what music is “cool” and “in” right now.
This doesn’t replace asking our clients about their preferred music, it’s just another tool in out tool belt!
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