"Domino" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Katy Perry-penned pop tune with a few sexual metaphors.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some mature messages about late-night dancing in the clubs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Clubbing isn't a bad thing, but it's an activity that's best left for adults.


A few sexual metaphors: "We can do this all night / Turn this club, skin tight / Baby, come on pull me like a bass drum."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Domino," a song co-written by notoriously steamy pop singer Katy Perry, features some thinly veiled sexual metaphors about dancing. Beyond the sexual references, however, the single offers no profanity or other mature references to substance use or violence. While it's generally out of reach for the youngest tweens, the track is an acceptable pick for older tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTony632 April 2, 2012

Jessie J !

great song, even if does sound a little too much like a Katy Perry song. A few sexual innuendos but none that are too harsh
Parent Written bytreat02 February 18, 2012

nice song

i have it stuck in my head "i'm feeling sexy and free, like glitters raining on me, i'd like a shot of pure gold, i'm feeling like to exlplo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

Love it!

I love this song to the moon and back! It does have a few sexual terms, I cannot lie, but most pop songs do, and any kid over 10 will understand it anyway.
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 April 10, 2014

Catchy song

I really like the singing and the music is catchy. While it isn't my favorite song, it's still pretty good. There is some innuendo (the first line in... Continue reading

What's the story?

British pop star Jessie J teams up with American pop princess Katy Perry in "DOMINO," a track that Perry co-wrote about getting down and dirty on the dance floor. While the tune is nowhere near as risque as some of Perry's own releases, it's still a more mature song compared with Jessie J's debut hit single "Price Tag," featuring a few pretty racy lines: "Rock my world into the sunlight / Make this dream the best I've ever known / Dirty dancing in the moonlight / Take me down like I'm a domino."

Is it any good?

After such a refreshingly distinctive and cute debut single, Jessie J's follow up -- which could easily be mistaken for a Katy Perry song -- is somewhat disappointing. From the lyrics to the music, it sounds like Perry in almost every way, which the talented Jessie J doesn't need to do in order to produce a hit song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Katy Perry's influence on this tune may help or hurt Jessie J. What are some of the benefits that Jessie J may experience as a result of this collaboration?


  • Jessie J's previous hit, "Price Tag," was an exceptionally clean single. What effect might ratcheting up the maturity level of this song have on Jessie's audience?


Music details

  • Artist: Jessie J
  • Release date: January 2, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Lava
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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