"All the Way Around" (CD single)

Music review by
Elise Knutsen, Common Sense Media
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Younger Lohan's first song is innocent and boring.

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Positive Messages

Although hard to glean upon first listen, Lohan's point of appreciating what you have is a good one. There are also positive messages about admitting when you're wrong and cherishing those you love -- although those are more vague and may not be understood by young kids.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Minimal sexual innuendo in this song; the most explicit verse being "I'm not letting go 'cuz we belong/I was a fool baby/I was wrong."


This single was shamelessly promoted on Ali Lohan's TV show Living Lohan.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that unlike her family's reality show Living Lohan, Ali's single is appropriate for the whole family. While the theme of the song suggests a failed relationship, her vague verses aren't bitter and never even mention a boy. Unlike sister Lindsay's hit "Confessions of a Broken Heart," which directly tackles their father's abandonment, this song is general and abstract enough to be interpreted by kids of any age.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byrjk1991 June 24, 2009

Appropriate but bad

Not a great song. It gets stuck in your head easily, and that's the only good thing I can really cay about it. She sings it so lazily. She sounds tired... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bystrawbryblondy April 9, 2008

i dont have to go all the way around to hear a good song

of course everyone expects some provocative song from bad girl older sister, linds, but its a pretty good song, it catches your attention (then gets stuck in yo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTrue55 April 9, 2008

All The Way To The Charts

This is pretty good for just starting off. Im about 4 months older than her and i like it a lot. its a good dance song or party song. The only concern is... Continue reading

What's the story?

This first studio single from Ali Lohan is a moody pop song about learning a lesson by going "all the way around" -- and realizing the answer you were looking for is right in front of you. It seems that Ali is alluding to her regrets about ending a relationship ("And these arms ache/and this soul is in pain/'Cuz I threw the best thing I ever had away"), but her open-ended lyrics leave it up to your imagination.

Is it any good?

While this song is undoubtedly catchy, the majority of it consists of the chorus repeated over and over and over. Maybe little Lohan ran out of things to say? To make matters worse, she very clearly misses a note in the chorus -- noticeable even to the tone deaf individuals of the world -- and after about the fourth or fifth time it becomes quite painful to hear. Minus this egregious mistake, however, her voice is kind of decent. This is a fun song to listen to once or twice, but make sure your kids don't talk you into putting it on repeat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ali's exposure to the limelight through her sister Lindsay. Would her song have been popular if she didn't have a famous sibling? Do you think that Lindsay's past "divaesque" behavior will help or hinder Ali's success? Also, why do you think it's easier for the siblings of stars (Jamie Lynn Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Ali Lohan) to make it big? Is this trend fair?

Music details

  • Artist: Ali Lohan
  • Release date: July 9, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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