A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the song "Dancing Crazy" is slightly edgier than iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove's other songs. It describes dancing all night with a little kissing thrown in, and though it's mild by comparison to many of the explicit dance tracks out there, it may be too suggestive for the elementary-school set.
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What's the story?
"DANCING CRAZY" is a single by actress-turned-singer Miranda Cosgrove (star of the TV show iCarly) that has one thing on its mind: cutting loose on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning. Written by Avril Lavigne, the song describes staying out all night, spending most of it dancing (with a little kissing thrown in) -- "You, me in the spotlight / Running around till the end of the night / Hot, hot keep it comin' / We can rock out till the early morning." Though the actions in this tune aren't necessarily irresponsible, they may be a little iffy for the youngest tweens.
Is it any good?
Cosgrove's music suffers from the same issues as a lot of her peers' (like Selena Gomez's): mediocre vocals and the same-old synth-pop beat. Ultimately, it's hard to tell this song apart from the sea of similar-sounding tunes out there, making it a fairly forgettable track overall.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what age would be appropriate to engage in some of the behavior discussed in this song.
What are some fun activities that younger kids can do besides the ones included in this tune?
Do you like Cosgrove's more mature lyrics? Does she have a responsibility to be a good role model? Why or why not?