"Can't Be Tamed" (CD single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Can't Be Tamed" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Sexy, raw song is too racy for Miley's youngest fans.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 155 reviews

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Positive Messages

Sends a message that it's OK to be selfish, untamed, and "flyin' through guys like money." Includes the lyrics "have to get my way, 24 hours a day."


Positive Role Models & Representations

Like it or not, Miley is still a role model for tweens. Here she is racy, sexy, and rebellious.


Video is suggestive and includes sexy dancing and clothing. "I always get the 10's cuz I'm built like that."



"Go to hell" a couple of times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miley is shouting to the world that she isn't a little girl anymore. The song offers a cocky, sexy attitude and a few "hells." The video shows a new Miley that is sexy, sultry, and definitely not the innocent and sweet Hannah Montana anymore.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBeckstar November 1, 2011

too sexy for young fans!

The Video is FAR TOO SEXY for a young fan. She rubs herself provactively against other people and also wears 2 'skimpy' not slutty outfits. She also l... Continue reading
Adult Written bybianca7788 May 16, 2011

not good

Song revolves around how she always gets boys...not a good message.
Teen, 16 years old Written bytaylorluver22 February 6, 2016

it's a sad hannah montana goodbye

It's disappointing to see how she changes from the sweet hannah montana to slightly racy can't be tamed star to the gross celeb she is now
Written byAnonymous August 6, 2013

Not bad just not for HM viewers

This song isn't bad. She was just bound to change. I sort of saw it coming. This is intended for a more mature group instead of 8 year olds. Though I do ag... Continue reading

What's the story?

To promote her upcoming third full-length album and her new image, Miley Cyrus releases the title track and first single, "CAN'T BE TAMED." In more ways than one, it lets Miley shout from the rooftops, or um, cage bars, that she's growing up and sprouting wings -- literally. It's a powerful, techno-rock track that defies Miley's typical bubblegum-pop flavor and takes on an edgier, sexier sound.

Is it any good?

"Can't Be Tamed" is catchy, raw, and sexy, and lets Cyrus show her powerhouse skills with some help from hot pants, heavy makeup, and a few hip grinds. It's Joan Jett meets Lady GaGa, all wrapped up in leather, feathers, and techno-rock. In the face of critics and skeptics, Miley shows she can handle the new image and edgier sound that she's aiming for. Question is: Can her tweeny-bopper, Hannah-loving fans? The fact is, Miley is still Hannah Montana, and she's only 17. Yeah she can sing, she's got lasting potential, and this new song shows that. But her rush to grow up and sexify herself comes a little too soon. The video shows a too-sexy Miley acting a little cuckoo and cocky, artistically cool, but too much for her present fan base. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what happens when a star or character changes. How does it make you feel? Do you like the new image of Miley and her new sound? Talk about the differences between image and reality and how that affects young fans. How can they learn to separate the two?

  • Do you think that the new image being pushed or pursued by Miley Cyrus is a good one? Do you think she feels pressure to grow up too fast? Or to set herself apart from other teen stars, or just Hannah Montana?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: May 18, 2010
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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