35 Greatest Hits

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Beer and some good-old-boy charm.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

"Well boy meets girl and it's a good bet/Girl's gonna play a little hard to get/But they both got the same thing on their mind/Ain't that the way that the world goes round?" and "I got a funny feeling/the moment that your lips touched mine/something shot right through me."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Weekends here, good God almighty/Baby lets get drunk and be somebody" and "Chain smokers and boozers…I love this bar/It's my kind of place/Just walkin' through the front door/Puts a big smile on my face/It ain't too far, come as you are/Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these 35 mega-hits are so familiar to country-music fans that there will be no surprises. As far as lyrics go, songs like "A Woman's Touch" and "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" manage to be a little sexy without crossing any explicit lines. Others ("Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "I Love This Bar") are beer-fueled celebrations of small-town nightlife, delivered with a wink, a bad-boy smile, and Toby Keith's ever-present sense of fun. There's also a politically conservative take on world events.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMatt The Gamer November 8, 2009

Only two songs on this album that are inappropriate

This is a great album for all country fans. Only thing is watch out for two songs. "Little Less Talk Lot More Action" and "Stays in Mexico"... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, and 7 year old Written byMarshall78 August 15, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE June 8, 2010

Awesome CD!

I have grown up listening to a lot of Toby Keith music because my dad is a huge fan of his. I have always loved the song American Soldier-- it's the best p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl December 16, 2011

a classic

ive known these songs since i was 3 yrs old! i surprised to see iffy for 13! i luv these songs! i just barely returned to them too! after not having listened to... Continue reading

What's the story?

Toby Keith is his usual charming self on this generous collection of 35 hits. Fans familiar with his slick modern country sound will enjoy having all these songs in one place (along with a selection of intense, brooding photos), and those discovering Toby Keith for the fist time will find these two CDs to be a great introduction, as they covers most of the high points of a successful career.

Is it any good?

Content is familiar and predictable: The sexy songs (even "Dream Walkin'," about a one-night stand and "Getcha Some," about raging young hormones) are handled with winking innuendo. The beer-soaked anthems ("I Love This Bar," etc.) are more explicit and celebratory of small-town party life. The most controversial messages here, though, are political. "Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," a 2002 hit written in the wake of 9/11, may either strike a deep chord or seem cloying and sensationalist. Your mileage will vary along the lines of your politics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "How Do You Like Me Now?," a song that describes a high school loser making it big in the world and coming back to taunt the girl he used to have a crush on. Do you ever have fantasies of future success? Do you think it would be fun to come back and show 'em all?

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