"American Kids" is a song by Poppy, released under the name That Poppy. It is the fourth and final track on her debut extended play "Bubblebath". The audio currently has over 1 million views on YouTube.
The song is about Poppy's confusion towards the new normality in the current day and age. The lyrics are very critical towards what teenagers do during this century, which is what the entire song is based around. It reflects on themes of privilege and entitlement, as well as feeling unable to fit in. "American Kids" also describes the story of how Poppy became brainwashed, since Poppy (the character) started her career when she was 15 and "selling her soul to the man with a handshake" (presumably Them) and how she hasn't seen her mother nor father since she started her career.
Little individual reviews followed the release of "American Kids", as it was mostly overshadowed by the previous "Bubblebath" hits "Lowlife" and "Money". However, Tyler Peterson of UQMUSIC stated in a review that American Kids in particular was a "millennial masterpiece". PopularTV went on to making comparisons with the song to Halsey's "New Americana", stating that it is the song's antithesis, but "just as anthemic".
- This is one of only three Poppy songs to be marked explicit on most music streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify, the others being "Lowlife" and "Chic Chick".
- Much like "Altar", it is speculated that there are allusions to Titanic Sinclair's previous project, Mars Argo. The lyric "I'm a dumb pop star in my own right" is similar to the "Runaway Runaway" lyric "I wish I was a dumb pop star so the words wouldn't matter to you".
- This is the longest song on "Bubblebath", being 3:31 long.
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20160422080751/http://uqmusicblog.com/2016/02/that-poppy-bubblebath-ep/
- ↑ http://www.populartv.com/music/ep-premiere-that-poppy/