"Burn" (CD Single)

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Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Catchy dance track and video are clean, not very memorable.

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

Positive Messages

The song is superficially about dancing, but it's also about giving yourself up to joy: "Giving love to the world / We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite her leap to stardom, Goulding has kept a very low profile and is also involved in humanitarian causes.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The lyrics say "hell" in the lyric "We're burning one hell of a something."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ellie Goulding's single "Burn" is a catchy and clean dance track with an equally inoffensive music video. Neither has sexy stuff or references to drugs or alcohol, and there's only one mildly offensive word ("hell"), making the song OK for tweens and up.

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Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014

Ellie Goulding - Burn

No fuss for kids, great song for kids parties, although one use of the word "hell"
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 December 19, 2013

Ellie Goulding strikes gold again

I really Ellie Goulding after listening to "Lights", and "Burn" is no exception. The lyrics may not be moving or deep, but it's definit... Continue reading

What's the story?

The dance track BURN is the first official single from the re-release of Ellie Goulding's album Halcyon. The track was originally recorded by fellow British artist Leona Lewis. The video features Goulding and friends dancing in an airfield with lights illuminating the night sky.

Is it any good?

Although "Burn" is definitely a good single and sure to be a hit on the dance floor, it doesn't quite hit the same level of magic as Goulding's previous single, "Lights." As always, her breathy, ethereal vocals are a nice foil to the pounding dance beats, but the song and its bland music video just aren't that memorable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which version of the song they like better: Ellie Goulding's or Leona Lewis'?

  • Why do you think Goulding chose to cover a song that had already been performed by a fellow famous British pop singer?

Music details

  • Artist: Ellie Goulding
  • Release date: November 27, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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