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Written by Dan Istvanik

#Trendingparenting is a quick, monthly resource for parents to keep pace with what is popular in your kid’s world.

The culture around this generation is in a constant state of change.  What is popular and trending this week will be long gone a few weeks from now.

Because we know it is hard for parents to keep up with pop culture along with everyday responsibilities, we created a resource just for you as you head into summertime.

Here are your mid-month lists of current trends along with links to the sources’ website. If you have the time and would like to do more research, click on the link.

This month we included a few highlights of current Christian music along with family-friendly summer movies.

The websites include helpful family-focus reviews and non-Christian sites. There may be unedited lyrics, titles, and pictures, so keep in mind this real-world information may not be suitable for you or your kids.

They are not suggestions or recommendations but only informative lists to evoke awareness, so please use your discretion before allowing your family to watch, listen, or play!

Trending Movies for Mid-May 

(According to Box Office Mojo)

  1. Avengers: End Game (PG-13) *Current Earnings: $723,745,600 Worldwide
  2. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (PG)
  3. The Hustle (PG-13)
  4. The Intruder (PG-13)
  5. Long Shot (R)

Trending Songs for Mid-May 

(According to Billboard, Hot 100)

  1. Old Town Road, LilNas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  2. If I Can Have You, Shawn Mendes
  3. ME!, Taylor Swift, featuring Brendon Urie
  4. Sucker, Jonas Brothers
  5. Homicide, Logic featuring Eminem

Trending Most Downloaded Songs for Mid-May

(According to Official Charts)

  1. Hold Me While You Wait, Lewis Capaldi
  2. Someone You Loved, Lewis Capaldi
  3. If I Can Have You, Shawn Mendes
  4. Old Town Road, Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  5. Me!, Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie

Trending New Release Christian Albums for Mid-May

(According to New Release Today)

  1. “United” – Newsboys (pop)
  2. “Iron Lung” – Martin Smith (worship)
  3. “Reversing Tomorrow” – Brinson (rap/urban)
  4. “Everything After ”- Chris August (pop/rock)
  5. “Pep Talk” – Judah & the Lion (pop/rock)

Trending TV Broadcast/Shows for Mid-May

(According to Neilsen)

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. NCIS
  3. Young Sheldon
  4. FBI
  5. Blue Bloods

Trending YouTube Videos for Mid-May

(According to YouTube)

  1. Chasing Happiness – Jonas Brothers
  2. Creating Oddly Satisfying Videos – Good Mythical
  3. We Try Our Mom’s Morning Routine – Lady Like
  4. Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Movies – Wired
  5. Zac Efron and Lilly Collins Take a Friendship Test – Glamour

Trending Video Games Purchased for Console and PC for Mid-May

(According to Neilsen)

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Rage 2
  5. Fortnite

Family-Friendly Movies Premiering This Summer

  • Aladdin, May 24th
  • Secret Life of Pets 2, June 2nd
  • Toy Story 4, June 21st
  • Lion King, July 19th
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold, August 9th
  • Artemis Fowl, August 9th
  • Angry Birds 2, August 16th
  • Playmobile: The Movie, August 30th

Helpful Resources Sites for Reviews and Research

Written by DAN ISTVANIK, who is our lead content writer and a 5th to 8th-grade pastor in Lancaster, PA. He has been working in youth ministry for over 22 years, serving churches in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Virginia. He is a speaker, ministry coach, writer, and contributing to a variety of other great ministry resources. He shares daily middle school ministry specific resources, and hints on his own site “The Middle Years”  at middleyearsministry.com.