"Burn" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Catchy dance track and video are clean, not very memorable.





What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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The lyrics say "hell" in the lyric "We're burning one hell of a something."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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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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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 definitely a fun dance song. Except for one instance of "hell", there's absolutely nothing inappropriate in this song.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old December 11, 2014

Great Song!!

My siblings and I was watching a lot of pop songs and found Burn. We researched Common Sense Media and found out it was age 8. I watched first and it was not sexy and clean, so I showed it to my siblings. It was a little bit sweary, there is this word hell in it. Lots of songs have bad words, but this one only has one and that is the minninum I can find. I love this song. Ellie Goulding has a pretty voice and this song goes out smooth with her voice.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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