Choosing The Best Song For Your Educational Parody
**This article is about how to find songs to parody on your own. If you’d rather see our list of popular song parody options, check out our 10 Good Songs to Parody For School In 2018.
Ok you’re making a parody song for school. Maybe you’re a teacher looking to boost student engagement. Or maybe you’re a student creating an educational song for a project.
Either way, parody songs are the best place to start. An “educational parody song” is essentially taking a popular song and changing the lyrics to reflect your learning topic. This style of song is a great place to start if you’ve never created your own music before.
The correct song will be the foundation of your educational parody, helping to set the tone for your learners.
While every person has different musical preferences, we’ve discovered some general guidelines to choose the best song.
Use the questions below as a general checklist to follow as you select your song for your educational parody:
1. Is it a song that you enjoy?
You know the songs. They come on the radio and instantly, you’re like “AWW YEA THIS MY JAM.”
That’s what we’re striving for here. Does the song make you groove side to side when you hear it? Do you start singing the words out loud?
Over the educational parody creation process, you’re going to have to listen to this song over and over again. Most likely on repeat. So you want to make sure it’s a song that you won’t get sick of listening to.
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2. Is your song upbeat?
Your song choice set the tone. And you want that tone to be positive and upbeat to keep your audience engaged throughout the learning process.
Many of the best educational parody songs out there are upbeat and have a tempo above 90 BPM (beats per minute). We recommend songs that are around 120 BPM. This is the ideal song tempo to getting people moving on the dance floor.
If you’re not sure of the BPM of your song, head over to Song BPM. Type in the name of the original song and the BPM should pop right up for you.
3. Is your song catchy?
Learning is the ultimate goal of your song. But entertainment value is essential to keep your audience engaged.
We suggest choosing a song that easily gets stuck in peoples heads. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our top picks of songs to parody in 2018.
If you know a song is going to be stuck in your head for the next 24-48 hours, that’s a good sign.
What song is that for you? Will it get stuck in your audiences head?
Another good place to browse is the Billboard Top 100 Songs. Most of these top tracks are guaranteed to have that assured level of catchiness.
4. Are the original lyrics simple and easy to follow?
Remember that the entire goal of your educational parody song is to help your audience learn something new. That’s why it’s important to make sure the lyrics of your original song are simple and easy enough to follow.
When you read the lyrics, can you tell where lyrics are meant to rhyme? Are the vocals easy to understand?
A song I would NOT recommend would be Look at Me Now by Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes. Why? It’s definitely a great song. BUT it’s pretty difficult to understand what words Busta is spitting.
A better choice might be Brocolli by D.R.A.M. & Lil Yachty. This song has a simple melody and predictable lyric structure that would be perfect for a learning audience.
Use your best judgment here. If you can understand all the words of a song the first or second time you hear it, odds are it meets these criteria.
5. Does your song have a surprise factor?
This one is a bonus checkbox to hit. A surprise factor is not 100% necessary, but it’s always a great way to please the crowd.
In the context of educational song creation, a surprise factor could be selecting a song that is unexpected. For example, one of the most interesting and unique aspects of the musical, Hamilton, is that it’s a story about the founding fathers of America, set to Hip-Hop songs. Not a typical style of music to discuss American History.
Think of how the song that you choose can break down audience expectations and allow for some sort of surprise, even if it’s a small one.
Don’t go overboard here. You still need your song to be relevant, catchy, and easy to follow.
We’ll be talking more about how to add surprise factors throughout the entire creation process. So if you aren’t able to find a song that meets this requirement, we’ll make up for it later!
Here are some options to help you find instrumental songs:
1. Jam Campus Education: If you sign up for a premium plan, you’ll have access to our instrumental songs that you can use for your parody. If you end up using them, let us know as we’d love to see your creation.
2. Karaoke-Version.com: A great site with a huge library. Each song will cost you a few dollars to buy, so make sure you’re really set on your song before you purchase.
3. Free Music Archives: This site won’t have popular songs, but is a good place to search if you did want to go down the path of creating your own song. With the ability to search through different genres, this is a decent resource that can be hit or miss.
4. Search Royalty-Free music on Google: If you aren’t happy with the first few options, you can always go off on your own and do a little Google searching. There are TONS of resources out there so hopefully, you can find a good audio track that fits for you.
Happy creating and always feel free to give us a shout if you have any questions!