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"Can't Be Tamed" (CD single)



Sexy, raw song is too racy for Miley's youngest fans.

What parents need to know

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

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

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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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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. 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bysunrisemusik June 6, 2010

Nothing new, nothing special. Somewhat raunchy; not for the HM crowd.

I don't like Miley at all. I don't exactly hate her, but I'm definitely not a fan. But for this review, I'll put away my bias. So... offensive stuff. She tells us where she stands pretty quickly: "I go through guys like money flyin' out their hands". The song is littered with sexual innuendo, albeit somewhat subtle ("I always get the 10s / 'Cause I'm built like that"). She also spends the song declaring that she's hot, an object of jealously, and if you want her, she's in control. It's really obvious she wants to distance herself from Disney, but couldn't she have waited until she wasn't a minor to dance around in a cage? ||||||||||||||||| The song is really nothing special. Miley's voice can't measure up to other pop singers and her vocal range is severely limited - she comes very close to just rapping. So the song relies on the production - which has pulled out all the usual tricks to try and get it sell - no instruments other than synthesizers, a stomping bassline, vocal altering and a noise that reminds me of that signature L&O transition sound, but I digress. The hook tries very hard to be catchy, but Miley's attempt to hit higher notes makes it harder to like. All in all, the tween teen pop market will go crazy for this, but it's really nothing but an unoriginal song that is a "screw you" aimed directly at Disney.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 August 4, 2011


This is just a auto-tune covered song that is inappropriate for Miley's young fans.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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
What other families should know
Too much sex


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