"Dynamite" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Edited version of party tune is fine for older kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Party hearty is the name of the game on this single, and there's not much more to it.

Positive role models

Although this is pretty much just a straight party song, it's important to note that Cruz stays positive and respectful. "I wanna celebrate and live my life."

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Just one line in the explicit version includes an expletive. "I'm in the club so I'm gonna do do do do just what the f--k I came here to do do do do."


"I'm wearing all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Although there is lots of talk of being "in the club," alcohol never gets added to this party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's one bad word (the f-bomb) on the unedited version of the song. Even though the tune is about partying, the song stays away from mentions of sex, drinking, and irresponsibility. There's a bit of an attitude to some of the lines, but there's not enough bravado to push the single into off-limits territory for older kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Hey it's Taio Cruz, and he's in the club! Watch out, as he needs plenty of room to wave his hands and show off his designer clothes. On "DYNAMITE," Cruz tells listeners that his presence is going to be explosive. And with pulsing techno beats and a bit of auto-tune thrown in for good measure, Cruz's party is hard to miss, although it's not one little kids should be invited to. There's an edited version available, which removes the one f-bomb.

Is it any good?


Here's a single with some shining moments and some downright silly lyrics. Apparently Cruz can be quite the animated dancer, with lyrics like. "Give me some space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands," and at another moment the British-pop producer/singer goes Calypso with "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying 'ay-oh,' gotta let go." Again with the hands? But there are some inspired moments as well, like the hypnotically-philosophical deeper lines "Cause it goes on and on and on. And it goes on and on and on" that feature a cool '80s sound. Overall, the song works because it's constantly changing things up, like a dancer with one too many moves. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how alcohol is used in the media to represent a good time. This song talks a lot about "going to the club," but it doesn't mention drinking. Can you think of some songs that promote drinking as a way to feel good and be sexy? What messages do songs like these send to young listeners?

  • "I'm wearing all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands." Do you feel pressure to wear the right brands of clothing? Do you feel pressure to wear certain labels or styles of clothing? How does what someone wears affect her social standing? Do you think the media helps perpetuate this way of thinking?

  • Talk about songs that include a lot of bragging. Do you think it's cool to be so arrogant, or can it be annoying? What happens if you act that way with friends or family?

Music details

Artist:Taio Cruz
Release date:June 22, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written byryan@atlantis November 27, 2010

Addictive track a good pick (as long as it's the edited version)

A seriously addictive song that thankfully remains (mostly) clean. Aside from the f-bomb that can easily be avoided by downloading the clean version, a few touchy parents might be turned off by a bit of self-righteousness Taio Cruz displays in his lyrics, but in the end there aren't any problems with this track.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old Written byMusicCritic100 March 20, 2011

Now I've Told You Once, Now I've Told You Twice

Highlights: I always listen to the clean version of this song. It is very catchy and a good beat. Language: "F--k". Partying phrases.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants March 25, 2011
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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