Hairspray Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

Positive messages that'll get you movin'.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very positive messages about acceptance and self-esteem. Also touches on the racial climate and sexual politics of the 1960s.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

One French kiss. Some sexual innuendo, particularly in "Ladies' Choice" and "I Can Hear the Bells."


One "damn."


Package contains an insert advertising books and ringtones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these lyrics contain gentle, positive messages of self-esteem, pride, and acceptance of differences, relating mostly to race and size. ("I can't see why people look at me/and only see the color of my face" and "I'm big, blond, and beautiful/face the's simply irrefutable.")

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Part retro '60s dance party, part musical with a message, and 100 percent fun, the HAIRSPRAY soundtrack delivers family-friendly entertainment on every energetic track. The delightful cast includes Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, Zac Efron of High School Musical fame, John Travolta (in drag as Tracy's mom Edna), Michelle Pfeiffer, and the amazing Queen Latifah. Younger kids will love "Cooties" ("They came from way far out in outer space/she's hard to miss and so they landed on her face/...she's got Cooties"); tweens will like "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" ("Lose that laundry list of what you won't allow/cause Mama I'm a big girl now").

Is it any good?


Despite being a frothy 1960s period piece ("I'm your man and you're my girl/I'm the sea and you're the pearl" in "It Takes Two"), Hairspray offers proof that music can get a point across without being boring, dreadfully earnest, preachy, or overly explicit. While the songs do present an opportunity to talk with older kids about the deeper issues in all the lyrics -- racism, self-esteem, and how to deal with looking or feeling different -- the spirited romp allows us to consider important issues while having a great time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the important issues raised by this movie. Do you think racism still exists in your community? Is it harder for heavier kids to be popular at school? How can kids be more accepting of others -- especially if they're different? Families can also talk about the lyrics and instrumentation of songs written for musicals. What makes them sound different from the songs you hear on Top 40 radio? Try taking your favorite pop song and imagine how it would sound if it were in a musical.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 10, 2007
Label:New Line Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old Written bypinkgirl6 February 22, 2010


The songs are very catchy and by far my favorite songs ever!
they are positive and fun and they all are just great!
i<3 hairspray!!!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old Written bydmnc April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Parent of a 13 year old Written byTsion March 6, 2009

Wow! Infectious and Positive!

This is the kind of music I want my kids to listen to. Positive messages are intermixed with toe-tapping tunes and wonderful voice talents. There are two "d**n"s, and some very mild innuendos "test drive this American male" and "won't go all the way, but I'll go pretty far". They are quick and kids won't pick up on them; they're not nearly as bad as some make them out to be.


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