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Written by Dan Istvanik

#Trendingparenting is a quick monthly dose of what is currently popular and going on in your kid’s world. At Parent Ministry, we know in the middle of crazy schedules and busy lives it can be difficult for parents to be aware of what is happening in popular culture. That is the heart behind why we created this resource for you!

Even if you are careful and selective concerning what you allow directly into your child’s mind, eyes and ears, the reality is some of the things listed below may influence them indirectly through fashion, catchphrases, and even commercials.

As we approach this Christmas season, even gifts have been influenced by pop culture. We hope this monthly resource helps you as parents feel more informed and empowered to have great conversations with your family.

Here are November’s lists of trends, with links to the original location of the information, if you have the time and would like to do more research. At the end of this blog post, we have also included website links to find helpful family-focused reviews and to view complete, unedited lyrics. Please keep in mind, this is real-world information and the unedited content, topics, and lyrics may be offensive.

Trending Movies for Mid-November (According to Rotten Tomatoes)

  1. The Grinch (PG)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (PG 13)
  3. Overlord (R)
  4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG)
  5. A Star is Born (R)

Trending Songs for Mid-November (According to Billboard, Hot 100)

  1. Thank U, Next” – Ariana Grande
  2. “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 and Cardi B (7 weeks at #1)
  3. “Sicko Mode” – Travis Scott
  4. “Happier” – Marshmello & Bastille
  5. “Lucid Dreams”- Juice WRLD

Trending Most Downloaded Songs for Mid-November (According to Official Charts)

  1. “Thank You, Next” – Ariana Grande
  2. “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  3. “Polaroid” – Jonas Blue, Liam Payne, Lennon
  4. “Woman Like Me” – Little Mix and Nicki Minaj
  5. “A Million Dreams” – Pink

Trending TV Broadcast TV Shows for Mid-November (According to Neilsen)

  1. NBC Sunday Night Football
  2. Fox Thursday Night Football
  3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff
  4. The Big Bang Theory
  5. NCIS

Trending TV Shows on Social Media for Mid-November (According to Neilsen)

  1. WWE Monday Night Raw (USA)
  2. WWE SmackDown! (USA)
  3. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  4. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV)
  5. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Trending Video Games Bought for Console and PC (According to Neilsen)

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Fallout 76
  3. FIFA 19
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  5. Marvel’s Spiderman (PS4)

Trending YouTube Videos for Mid-November (According to YouTube)

  1. “Vocal Coach Reaction to Little Mix- Woman Like Me” – Tristan Paredes
  2. “The Best Friends Challenge with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel” – Jimmy Fallon
  3. “Hozier – Sorry Not Sorry, Demi Lovato Cover” – BBC Radio
  4. “Learning German in 3 Days” – Damon and Jo
  5. “Katie Goes Viral” – College Humor

Trending Free iTunes Apps For Mid-November (https://www.apple.com/itunes/charts)

  1. TikTok: Real Short Videos
  2. YouTube
  3. Instagram
  4. Snapchat
  5. Messenger

Trending Paid iTunes Apps for Mid-November (https://www.apple.com/itunes/charts)

  1. Facetunes
  2. Camera+2
  3. Hot Schedules
  4. Toca Life: Neighborhood
  5. PlantSnap Plant Identification

Helpful Resources Sites For Reviews and Research

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DAN ISTVANIK is our Lead Content Writer at Ministry to Parents and is also 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, and writer, 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 WWW.MIDDLEYEARSMINISTRY.COM