"Dirty Dancer" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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No super-explicit lyrics, but lots of talk about casual sex.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Describes a girl who doesn't want a serious relationship -- not a negative message in itself -- but yet can't seem to get enough of casual sex, suggesting deeper emotional issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not wanting a serious relationship is fine, but irresponsibly sleeping around with lots of different people isn't!


The whole song is about a girl who can't get enough sex, with a couple of especially racy lines like: "She's a five when she drinks, but she's a 10 when she's on top of me."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple mentions of drinking, for example: "I like my Marys bloody."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Dirty Dancer" isn't super mature in terms of profanity or graphic descriptions of sex and substances. But it focuses entirely on a girl who can "never get enough" casual sex -- "You'll never be her only ... No, she's never satisfied" -- with some drinking at the club thrown in. These risque themes put the song out of the league of younger children.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan June 21, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids

I think this is a great song. Usher and Lil Wayne fit in nicely. But it is probably best for teens. There are plenty of mild sexual references (nothing graphic)... Continue reading

What's the story?

The dance-infused single "DIRTY DANCING" combines three big names in Latin, R&B, and rap music: Enrique Iglesias, Usher, and Lil Wayne. In the song, the artists sing about a topic each knows well -- girls -- focusing on a particular one who "don't want love, she just wanna touch." Though the tune doesn't include explicit language or detailed sexual descriptions, it does feature some undeniably direct references to sex and drinking. In addition, it has an overarching message about a girl who engages in as many casual sexual encounters as she can, implying that more complex issues lie at her core. All things considered, the track is too mature for kids and tweens.

Is it any good?

"Dirty Dancer" provides more musical fodder for the clubs, with a basic synth-beat that sounds a lot like most of the other songs in rotation. The smooth harmonizing of Enrique and Usher makes the song a bit more interesting, though it still won't go down in club history as a super stand-out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this track's unusual collaboration of Latin, R&B, and rap sounds from Enrique Iglesias, Usher, and Lil Wayne. In what ways does this song's sound stand out?

  • While Enrique and Usher are both known for sexy yet not overly explicit lyrics, Lil Wayne's songs are as graphic as it gets. Does it help or hurt each artist to collaborate? Why?

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