"A Year Without Rain" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Tween idol fixates on relationships again; no mature content

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 35 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Selena can't function without her guy by her side, painting a dysfunctional portrait of what a healthy relationship should be.

Positive Role Models & Representations

By keeping her personal and professional lives clean, Selena remains a positive role model for kids of all ages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is a classic Selena Gomez song in every way: it includes no profanity or questionable adult content, just some wistful expressions of helplessness in the absence of the person she cares for. While the message could stand to be a bit more self-confident, the song contains nothing too worrisome overall, making it an acceptable choice for tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 and 6-year-old Written byval1992 October 22, 2010
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byDragonfly0602 October 13, 2010

Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

I think music choices should be left up to the parent to decide what is appropriate for their child because every child is different with their level of maturit... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 9, 2016


I really love this song, but it's kinda just saying "I need you"
Teen, 13 years old Written byPiperMaclain711 May 9, 2013

Pretty Cool

I personally really like this song. It's fun, and clean. The thing that really makes it is the beautiful music video though. Awesome ending :D

What's the story?

"A YEAR WITHOUT RAIN" is the title track off the album of the same name by Wizards of Waverley Place star Selena Gomez. True to form, Gomez steers clear of bad language or mature references in this tune. That said, she does revisit a common theme from past releases as well as those of her peers: the near inability to function when not in the presence of the guy she likes -- "A day without you is like a year without rain / I need you by my side, don't know how I'll survive." There may not be swearing in these lyrics, but their overarching message about interdependence is one that parents will want to watch when considering whether to buy this song for their impressionable young kids.

Is it any good?

Compared to past Gomez songs, "A Year Without Rain" is a step up, with a smoother, more mature beat that sounds less like bubblegum synth pop than her earlier records. Yet Gomez fans shouldn't fear, as the overarching sound still carries the singer's vocal stamp and enough pop sensibility to make it a regular radio rotation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how two people in a relationship can be "attached" yet independent at the same time. What are some good ways to maintain a balance between being in a relationship yet reserving time for yourself?

  • What are the potential downsides to becoming too dependent on another person?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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