"Bang Bang Bang" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Revenge tune is edgy for Disney star but still OK for tweens

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

It's never OK for someone to hurt you, but hoping that person gets hurt in return isn't the best message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Selena's guy hasn't treated her well, and she wishes him ill in the future.


Nothing extreme, but mentions "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone ... On your hands and knees, grasping for air, grasping for me."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Bang Bang Bang" is a slightly edgy tune for the normally squeaky-clean Selena Gomez -- including some allusions to physical pain when describing what she hopes will happen to the guy who has done her wrong. While it's still a far cry from explicit, the tune is just a bit more mature than Gomez's previous bubblegum tunes, putting it a little out of the league of young tweens. 

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 May 16, 2012

Catchy song

It's a bit strange of how far it goes with the whole revenge thing, but all and all, it's fine.
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 August 20, 2011

Different single from SG

It's different from Selena's usual songs, but I kind of like it. Her voice isn't the strongest, but it's okay. It is edgier for Selena, kind... Continue reading

What's the story?

"BANG BANG BANG," a single from Selena Gomez's second album, When the Sun Goes Down, deals with a familiar adolescent theme: a broken heart following a failed romance. Gomez describes how she has found another guy who's better than the last in every way, then proceeds to wish her former boyfriend ill in the future: "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone ... On your hands and knees, grasping for air, grasping for me." Though there's no profanity or other mature content, the somewhat darker tone of this single is too mature for younger kids.

Is it any good?

In this electro-infused single, Gomez unabashedly rips off La Roux's "Bulletproof" -- but at least she's breaking out of the synth-pop box that's captured most of her peers. Gomez's smoky vocals are also a departure from the less mature songs of her past, another sign that she's growing up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to handle the feelings that come from being hurt by someone you care about.

  • What do you think of Gomez's edgier, more grown-up sound? Will she lose her young fans as she tackles more mature themes? Do you think she'll gain some new older fans?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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