"4 Minutes to Save the World" (CD single)



Material Girl isn't just about sex any more.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Yes, it's Madonna, but there's nothing explicit or highly suggestive: "I want somebody to speed it up for me then take it down slow" and "Say the word, and I will give you what you want" is as bad as it gets.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Madonna is fond of pushing the envelope when it comes to being sexual, this single from the Hard Candy album is very tame. There are two lines of mild innuendo but nothing to make parents -- or even grandparents -- cringe.

What's the story?

"4 MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD," Madonna's first single from her upcoming album, Hard Candy, is a dance track with a heavy horn influence. Justin Timberlake makes an appearance and omnipresent Timbaland produced it.

Is it any good?


The different and edgy sound that Madonna prides herself on is missing from "4 Minutes to Save the World." While the afrobeat horn breaks drive the energy of the single, Madonna takes back stage to Timberlake's best impersonation of Michael Jackson and the overpowering erratic electronic sounds signature of Timbaland's production. It's a solid song, but it's too similar to what every pop artist is putting out these days and true blue Madonna fans won't be, well, a fan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the staying power of this pop icon. What has made Madonna able to put out number one hits for the past three decades? What does Madonna have that other pop stars of today don't?

  • Families can also talk about the different images of Madonna throughout her career. Does her constant reinvention add or detract from her music?

Music details

Release date:March 25, 2008
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 May 7, 2013

Eh, it's fine...

My brother played this a lot, so that may be why I gave it a lower rating :P. Haha anyway, this song is okay and fine for kids.
Kid, 10 years old December 22, 2012

Really Good.

This song is really good, and now I can't stop playing it! There's one curse word. Madonna says, "The road to hell pays with good intentions." But that's as bad it gets.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 October 16, 2012

Fun, electro-pop song

There's probably some innuendo here, but it's nothing overt in this somewhat catchy song


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