"Christmas Lights"

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Christmas Lights" Music Poster Image
Clean breakup song is about loss, not the holiday season.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

This song contains a straightforward message about a couple who has broken up (for reasons we don't know) and the painful aftermath.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the singer is clearly in pain post-breakup, he remains optimistic about feeling better soon: "Oh Christmas lights...light up the fireworks in me...keep shining on."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References a "drunken Elvis."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is not really a Christmas tune; it is about the pain of a breakup during the holidays. While this single chronicles the emotional end of a relationship, it contains no swearing or references to adult content -- aside from one brief allusion to a "drunken Elvis" ("like some drunken Elvis, I go singing out of tune"). It's a fine choice for young and old Coldplay fans alike.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byphilsphan13 January 3, 2011
Another great song from a great band that never puts iffy subject matter in any of their songs. Takes a sad thing and makes a hopeful situation out of it. Coldp... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymsmissc January 19, 2011
Teen, 16 years old Written bymardoggie2013 December 30, 2010

Coldplay is returning!

This is a wonderful return, it came just in time for the holiday season. I love the imagery of the Christmas lights in the song, it's enough to light anyon... Continue reading

What's the story?

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS is a holiday-themed song about love and loss from mega-popular pop band Coldplay. The tune is less about Christmas itself and more about a breakup that happens at holiday time. Without using explicit language or adult references, frontman Chris Martin sings about both the pain of his breakup experience and his optimistic view for the future. Parents should feel fine about buying this song for younger kids who are fans of the band.

Is it any good?

In classic Coldplay style, "Christmas Lights" contains a simple yet beautiful piano-based hook that grabs you in the first few notes. Orchestral arrangements round out the sound, making the tune another solid entry in the list of Coldplay hits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Coldplay would choose to incorporate a Christmas theme into a breakup song.

  • Can the holidays heighten emotions, both good and bad? Why, or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: December 7, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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