American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1

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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Top tunes from Idol alums are fine for tweens.

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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."


Tie-in to American Idol TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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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Kid, 11 years old May 31, 2011
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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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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