"Cooler Than Me"

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Fresh electro-pop is fine for older tweens and up.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 32 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Don't let someone else's attitude get under your skin.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's too early to say for sure, but for now it seems that Posner is living a positive, clean lifestyle.


One s-word.


Mention of Dior and designer sunglasses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's one s-word but not much else to worry about here. The song is about dealing with someone who thinks she's superior, but in a non-threatening, brush-it-off kind of way.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, and 17-year-old Written byMissBridgette July 3, 2010

Okay for tweens, but nothing special

This song isn't bad. It does use the "S" word, but not in a too offensive way. Just because of the "S" word, kids under 12 shouldn... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013

Good and Modern!

This song is super catchy. It talks about dealing with someone (in a passive way) who thinks she's superior. One or two s words are used. Good and modern!
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 July 2, 2012

Really catchy!

At first it was okay, but it started getting catchier and catchier. It's sometimes annoying when one part is stuck in your head, (that happens with other s... Continue reading

What's the story?

Newcomer and Duke University grad Mike Posner shows his songwriting and producing skills on the lead single from his upcoming debut album, "COOLER THAN ME." Its sleek, electro-pop groove draws you in from the start with finger snaps, '80s style keyboard grinds, and bass beats. Posner's boyish looks and Justin Timberlake-like vocals make this song about a designer-wearing diva who's fickle and frustrating all the more relatable and meaningful for kids.

Is it any good?

"Cooler Than Me" poignantly portrays the frustration of dealing with someone who thinks he or she is too cool. The music is sleek and catchy, with honest lyrics saying, "you got designer shades, to hide your face in, that's probably because you think you're cooler than me." The great thing about this song, other than its super-cool beat, is that it's relatable for everyone. Hopefully the mean girls in middle schools across America are listening...

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this song is about someone who thinks she's "too cool" for someone else. Do you know anyone like this, or have you ever met someone who made you feel this way? What did you do? How could you react in this situation?

  • What do you think the singer is trying to say in this song? What do you like about it? How does listening to this song make you feel? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Mike Posner
  • Release date: June 22, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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