"22" (CD Single)



Swift celebrates being young in another mild track.

What parents need to know

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

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

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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.

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.  

Families can talk 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
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhiphoph July 1, 2013


As most of Swift's newer songs, 22 has a more pop than country sound. The song is good for singing and dancing, with it's catchy lyrics. I wouldn't say that the lyrics really have positive messages, though, some of them being: "It seems like the perfect night to...make fun of our exes", "tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines", "Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.", "We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming, instead of sleeping" and "You look like bad news, I gotta have you, I gotta have you!" It does have lyrics that teenagers can relate too, though. Overall, the song's catchy and enjoyable.
Teen, 14 years old Written bybscgirl April 6, 2013


cute song thats very fun
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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 April 2, 2013

Fun, upbeat song (3.5/5 stars)

While not my favorite, this is another fun song from Taylor Swift. Unlike other songs on "Red", this one is just about having fun (which can be seen as a positive message). The only thing I don't like is the line, "You look like bad news/I've gotta have you" because it's saying it's okay to be with someone who's a bad influence. But overall it's a good song and fine for kids.
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