"Die Young" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Ke$ha keeps the party going in edgy electro-pop tune.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although with Ke$ha you can be sure to have some iffy content and lyrics, "Die Young" does have a "seize the day" message that is admirable. However, there is still a theme of partying and drinking, so it's best for older teens and up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ke$ha knows how to have a good time, sure...but positive role model? Not so much. This song does at least have a little more content beyond just drinking and partying.


Kissing in the club and some innuendo: "that magic in your pants is making me blush" and "strippin' down to dirty socks."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Young punks takin' shots" and of course, partying like there's no tomorrow.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ke$ha's name is synonymous with partying, so it's no surprise that "Die Young" has some iffy content. That being said, the lyrics are mostly clean, and it does have a semi-positive message about seizing the day and living in the moment -- something we all wish we could do more of, right? There is some innuendo and drinking, but it's actually rather tame compared to some of Ke$ha other tracks. It also happens to be co-written by the lead singer of the band fun.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byasjklas March 5, 2013

Catchy, but also forgettable. For teens and young adults.

It's relatively decent in comparison with Ke$ha's discography, but it has some not so subtle sexual innuendo ("That magic in your pants, it'... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byJWilliams303 October 14, 2012

Pretty good, but not what I expected

I love Ke$ha and her music but I can see how some say how it sounds like some of her other songs. Don't get me wrong, I like this song, but I was hoping fo... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2021

Catchy, but gets old quickly.

Sex: "that magic in your pants in making me blush" "strippin down to dirty socks"
Drinking/drugs/smoking: "young punks taking shots... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 24, 2020

Inappropriate content makes amazing messages "Die Young"

Yes, this tune talks about taking chances and being confident, and yes, Kesha's a powerhouse vocalist, but there are also a few problems. It talks about de... Continue reading

What's the story?

Resident party girl Ke$ha has teamed up with the lead singer of the band fun., Nate Reuss, ("We Are Young" and "Some Nights") to release a party anthem about living for the moment. "DIE YOUNG" is upbeat, electro-pop that is the lead single from her album, Warrior.

Is it any good?

Like her or not, admit it, you've sung along to a Ke$ha song once or twice, or danced to "Tik Tok" against your better judgment. She's got a knack for the ultimate club beat. "Die Young" certainly fits the bill with its catchy, techno-pop sound, but most of it is just more of the same from the diva with the dollar sign in her name. The most interesting parts come from the obvious influence of fun.'s Nate Reuss, with drums, hand claps, and a chorus that takes the song to new heights. It's when Ke$ha starts with her trademark, annoying talky-talk that it brings the song back down to a mediocre, been-there-done-that level. Fans of Ke$ha will be thrilled with this "comeback," but hopefully the next round will bring something new to the spin table.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the content of dance-pop songs. Do you think it's necessary to have sex and drinking in music to make it worthy of radio or club play? How much is too much? When is it OK?

  • Ke$ha certainly has a bad girl image. Do you think her partnering up with the lead singer from fun. ("We Are Young" and "Some Nights") is a ploy to make music that appeals to wider audiences? Is it working?

  • What do you think of the song's message? It is positive? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: September 26, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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