"22" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Swift celebrates being young in another mild track.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

While this song features a bit more abandon than the typical Swift song, it's still an overall positive song about embracing the moment and having fun being young.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Positive young adult role models know how to enjoy being young without taking things too far.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "22" is largely what you'd expect from a Taylor Swift song: no profanity or explicit references to things like sex and substance use. Though the song talks about hanging out until the wee hours and includes one mild line about throwing caution to the wind ("You look like bad news, I gotta have you"), it's still a generally fun, positive pick for all of Swift's young tween and teens fans.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byAkhil K. December 1, 2019

It's time... Uh-oh!

I don't know about you
But I'm feeling 22
Everything will be alright, if
You keep me next to you
You don't know about me
But I bet you want to
Ev... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 5, and 8-year-old Written bySarahL 3 December 10, 2014


It is about Swift having fun while she is young. It isn't very educational, but is always fun to hear. I love how Swift made this song unromantic.
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile January 18, 2020

Fun song makes me think of my BFFs

I love this song. The lyrics are funny and relatable, the beat is catchy and the overall song reminds me of having sleepovers with my BFFs. It references love w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMy1ten0baby January 6, 2014


It should be for any age but there is some sexual stuff in this song.

What's the story?

Taylor Swift adds to her list of chart-topping hit singles with "22," the fourth single from her fourth full-length album, Red. The song's title alludes to Swift's age when writing it, and the video for the track shows Swift hanging out, having a great time with her real-life friends.

Is it any good?

Taylor Swift's got a musical formula, by gosh, and she's sticking to it in this song. Following right in line with her many singles that came before, this track revolves around a simple yet extremely catchy hook and Swift's sweet while not overly strong vocals. It's hardly an original approach for her at this point, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the legions of fans who just can't get enough of her music.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Taylor Swift can balance being a young adult with all of the responsibilities that come with being a major recording artist and role model. How does she stay grounded?

  • What can Swift do to ensure that she's able to enjoy her youth while moving forward with the very grown-up responsibilities of her professional career? 

  • Name some other role models who have done a good job of transitioning from child star to entertainment mogul.

Music details

  • Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Release date: March 12, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: December 01, 2019

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