"Cooler Than Me"

Common Sense Media says

Fresh electro-pop is fine for older tweens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

One s-word.

Consumerism

Mention of Dior and designer sunglasses.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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"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...

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

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!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Written byAnonymous February 1, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Not for kids at all. The kid can really get the word out and say it.

One S-Word is Half Bleeped Out or this being SHHH as if this song was clean and it's not really clean at all. Not for kids because of the Bad Language.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 July 2, 2012
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11
QUALITY
 

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 songs, though) but yeah, it's good.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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