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American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1



Top tunes from Idol alums are fine for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many positive messages about loving someone a lot, valuing yourself, and more.

Positive role models

Lots of good role model behaviors, like being there for others and making the most of every day.


Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" describes vindictive behavior by a jealous girlfriend: "I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four wheel drive ... I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires."


Some mild sexual talk, like a lyric about "getting lucky."

Not applicable

Tie-in to American Idol TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Before He Cheats" talks about drinking whiskey and "fruity drinks."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1 represents some of the cleanest music released by various Idol alums. Aside from the Carrie Underwood track "Before He Cheats," which mentions drinking and some vindictive behavior by a jealous girlfriend, there's little other graphic language, violence, sexual content, or substance use in these songs. The tunes contain mostly positive messages about young love, self-confidence, and good attitudes, resulting in a great overall album suited for a broad audience, ranging from tweens to adults.

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What's the story?

American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1 is a collection of twelve tunes released by Idol alums over the show's ten years. The artists featured on the album are a mix of actual Idol winners, like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Ruben Studdard, as well as contestants who didn't make it to the top but became famous anyway, including Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, and Clay Aiken. With the exception of Carrie Underwood's track "Before He Cheats," which references drinking and some vindictive behaviors, these singles are largely clean, with little in the way of adult content or graphic language. Parents should feel fine buying this album for their older kids.

Is it any good?


It would be hard to expect anything less than the best from an album composed of songs by Idol alums -- and this record doesn't disappoint. While none of these tracks could be called so-so, some, like Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Chris Daughtry's "Home," and Jordin Sparks' "No Air," shine just a bit brighter than the others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various paths taken by the Idol alums featured on this record. Which alum do you think has been the most successful -- not just in terms of career, but also in life? Why?

  • Who is your favorite Idol alum? Why?

  • What advice would you give to show alums like Fantasia Barino, who have struggled post-Idol?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:March 15, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old April 1, 2011

what gives?

every one is basically saying that carrie underwood is the entire reason the music is rated what it is. LIES. her music is great, and i am glad my parents aren't control freaks like all you.
Kid, 11 years old May 31, 2011


What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism