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

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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R&B tune is all about drowning your sorrows in alcohol.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence
Sex
Language

"Bastards."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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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 liste... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bygargara December 6, 2016

Disappointing

Too much drinking. Disappoint.

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: August 28, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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