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"Dirty Dancer" (CD Single)

No super-explicit lyrics, but lots of talk about casual sex.

What parents need to know

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

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

Not applicable

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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artists:Enrique Iglesias, Lil Wayne, Usher
Release date:May 22, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMy1ten0baby January 6, 2014

Drug Addict

Ugh, this song talks about drugs all the time. It is the worst part of this song. Those drugs need to lie down.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012

Dirty Dancer

This song is really good! I love Enrique Englasies and Usher! But I DO NOT, like Lil' Wayne. Ugh. Well over all great song! :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old November 21, 2011

catchy but...

CATCHY! :) but too sexual now that I read the review. so yeah...
What other families should know
Too much sex