"Alejandro" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Unusually tame tune from edgy artist; OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 102 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Describes someone who refuses to continue a bad relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though this song is relatively tame, it can't overshadow the extremely mature image that has become the hallmark of Lady Gaga's career.


Nothing worse than "Don't wanna kiss, don't wanna touch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talks about smoking cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as far as Lady Gaga songs go, "Alejandro" is tame. There's no profanity, graphic sexual descriptions, or over-the-top substance use (beyond one mention of smoking cigarettes). The song relays an overall positive message, telling the story of someone who knows a relationship isn't working and takes the difficult step of ending it: "I know that you may love me / But I just can't be with you like this anymore." Please note that the music video is controversial, though, and is definitely not for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byxboxgeek April 25, 2011

catchy song, good message but inappropriate video

the video is pure pornography but it also has a good message about the horrible things gays have to go through in the video it shows her training a bunch of men... Continue reading
Adult Written bywhitemagetifa March 16, 2011

Its great

With all honesty i love this song but i won't let a little kid listen to it i mean they already listing to rap and stuff i don't see how this song... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2020

Appropriate for anyone

This song portrays strength and courage, and it's also catchy!
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 23, 2018

Lame Lady Gaga song is fine for kids; avoid explicit video

This is probably Lady Gaga's worst song, but it is OK for kids, just as long as they avoid the explicit music video, which shows men dancing in high heels... Continue reading

What's the story?

"ALEJANDRO" is the latest single from Lady Gaga, who recently performed the tune on American Idol Season 9 as part of a medley of songs. In a departure from many of her previous singles, this track is largely clean -- omitting graphic language, sexual references, and mentions of substance use, aside from one line about smoking cigarettes.

Is it any good?

Ever since she hit the scene, Lady Gaga has drawn comparisons to Madonna, as both have built a career out of pushing the envelope through their lyrics and images. With the Spanish overtones of "Alejandro," Lady Gaga seems to be following in Madonna's footsteps once again (remember "La Isla Bonita"?). Both songs are catchy pop tunes with Spanish flair that offer solid, if not earth-shattering, vocals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the lack of racy subject matter affects this Lady Gaga song. Unlike so many of her previous singles, this one isn't overtly sexual or risque; does that take anything away from the song, or is it still good? Why or why not? 

  • Could Lady Gaga remain a huge success if all of her songs were as clean as "Alejandro"?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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