"Die Young" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Ke$ha keeps the party going in edgy electro-pop tune.





What parents need to know

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

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.

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:September 26, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 November 16, 2012

Sort of catchy...

It's just okay. It has some slight innuendo...it's sort of has the catchier sound like 'Tik Tok' and the other tunes on Animal.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus November 2, 2012

Good, but could be better.

Better than most Ke$ah songs. 3 and a half out of 5 stars for me.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult 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 for something more. It has a catchy beat but I'm afraid that it's just gonna be one of those songs that gets old after hearing it a couple times on the radio. Really hoping her new album will be really good and be just what me and kesha's other "animals" were waiting for.
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Too much sex


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