"Die Young" (CD Single)



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.

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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Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2015

An edgy Ke$ha song about partying

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2014

It's okay I guess

What I don't get is why ALL of Ke$ha's music is exactly the same! The same bad messages and role models ("Let's make the most of the night, like we're gonna die young" is the reprise of the song). No substance to it. Some s£x, as well as drinking (but for goodness sake, this isn't going to influence kids to get drunk!!), no language though.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Written byAnonymous May 31, 2013

Great beat

Ok this song got some very bad press after the shootings but just why? Ke$ha didn't say I'm going to do this song to get shootings to happen and it was probably because he was crazy. This song has an awesome hardcore bass and is a definite party song.
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Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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