"Locked out of Heaven" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Steamy song about sex is too mature for tweens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some mature, if not necessarily positive or negative, messages about sex.

Positive role models

The song does not endorse any positive actions for kids.

Not applicable

The refrain for this song is "your sex takes me to paradise," with some other sexual allusions like, "open up your gates, I can't wait to see the light."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that while "Locked Out of Heaven" doesn't contain profanity, substance use, or violence, it does feature some pretty steamy lyrics about sex. Though these lyrics aren't the most graphic around, they're still mature enough to put the song beyond the reach of tweens.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Smooth crooner Bruno Mars is back with "LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN," the first track from Unorthodox Jukebox -- the follow-up album to his smash debut CD, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Though two years passed between records, Mars was by no means resting on his laurels, contributing a song ("It Will Rain") to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack, singing on the tune "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil, and more.

Is it any good?


This slick, up-tempo track has a rat-a-tat sound, with a quick chorus of successive "yeah-yeah-yeah-yeahs" that gives it a fun feel. Though Mars' killer pipes aren't highlighted as strongly as his previous singles, the infectious quality of this song will still earn it plenty of airplay.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the wide range of songs by Bruno Mars, with some super-clean tracks like "Just the Way You Are" compared to other more sexually-charged tunes like this one.

  • Why might Mars' songs be so different in terms of their maturity levels? Do you think sexy or explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?


  • Do you think explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?


  • Is Mars a positive role model? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Bruno Mars
Release date:October 1, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus October 23, 2012

Not for kids!

This song is quite sexual. It even flat-out says the word "sex" in the chorus, and gets repeated a lot.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old Written byyolo1 October 19, 2012

Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars

this song is the best in the world

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Written byAnonymous December 11, 2012

Rated NC-17 or Banned from Radio Stations. In Kidz Bop 23 Sex is Changed to Love.

Bruno Mars says the word sex 4 times in this song. This song should be like movies in the Rating and I'm saying NC-17 for this song. When there is a stop to saying the word. Sex, Sex, Sex. 3 Times I used it.
But I gotta say this song is not for kids. WARNING!: The same song is in Kidz Bop 23. Only Change is that they changed it to Love. ...and it's on track 7 too.

What other families should know
Too much sex


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