"Cheers (Drink to That)" (CD Single)



R&B tune is all about drowning your sorrows in alcohol.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A not-so-positive message about drowning your troubles with alcohol.

Positive role models

The song has a singular focus -- drinking to excess on a weekend to try to forget about a difficult week. Not exactly role-model behavior.

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Name-drops include Jameson, Ray-Ban, Tyra Banks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The entire song revolves around drinking and presents drinking as a way to forget about problems. Consequences aren't mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lyrics to "Cheers (Drink to That)" revolve around drinking to forget your problems. While the song doesn't include a lot of other mature content like violence, sex, or profanity, the overarching message about blowing off steam through too much drinking is iffy at best.

What's the story?

"CHEERS (DRINK TO THAT)" is a track from the album Loud by R&B superstar Rihanna. The song has a singular focus -- drinking to excess on a weekend to try to forget about a difficult week: "Cheers to the freaking weekend ... Oh let the Jameson sink in ... Don't let the bastards get you down, turn it around with another round."

Is it any good?


Rihanna adds a dual reggae-pop flair to this smooth song, sampling Avril Lavigne's "I'm with You" while infusing her own vocals with an island tone. The overall effect is nothing earth shattering, but its mellow groove is suited to hanging with good friends during downtime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dangers involved in drinking to avoid dealing with difficult circumstances. What are some of the consequences that could come from trying to drown your sorrows in alcohol?

  • What are better ways to handle the stress of tough times?

Music details

Release date:August 28, 2011
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus April 19, 2013

Yeah, not so much.........

I don't really like this song.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 19, 2011


I LOVE THIS SONG!! I think commonsense needs to lighten up a bit, don't think they know what kids listen to these days!
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old October 8, 2011

Good for me, not for them.

It's ok, I really like the song, but I wouldn't let my younger siblings, 8+9, listen to it. There are drugs and such, but I am mature enough to listen and understand, but the little kids won't understand and might go to school like that.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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