"Don't Stop" (CD single)

 
Pop-rock song about attraction has sexy double meaning.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are messages about persistence and not giving up when you want something, even if it's a challenge to pursue. 

Positive role models

The character in the song isn't a great role model, but he's not really a bad example either. He's just really into the object of his affection and doesn't want to give up on getting a date even though the person seems indifferent.

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Sex

The lyrics for "Don't Stop" play on the meaning of "hard": "Don't stop doin' what you're doin' / Every time you move to the beat / It gets harder for me / And you know it." However, given that the lyrics suggest that the love interest in the song is indifferent to the singer, there's probably nothing sexual going on between them. The singer also says, "Everybody wants to take you home tonight," but he will "find a way to make you mine." He says, "I'm loving what you got / But then you push me off." The music video is styled like a comic book, with the band members appearing like superheroes.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Don't Stop" is a single from the self-titled debut album of Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. The lyrics express a man's strong attraction to someone he describes as "like perfection, some kind of holiday." He says that everybody wants to take this person home, but he wants to "make you mine." The chorus plays on the sexual meaning of the word "hard," saying: "Don't stop doin' what you're doin' / Every time you move to the beat / It gets harder for me / And you know it / Don't stop 'cause you know that I like it." However, in the rest of the song, the person seems indifferent to the singer, so it's assumed that there's nothing sexual going on between them. The lyric video for the song has a comic-book theme, with the band members drawn as superheroes and lots of comic-style lettering. The graphics are innocent and stylized and don't represent the lyrical content.

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What's the story?

5 Seconds of Summer's single DON'T STOP is a bright, punk-influenced rock song with an arrangement that echoes music by bands such as The Cars and Green Day. The lyrics are about the singer's strong attraction to someone he says is "like perfection, some kind of holiday." Despite his crush's seeming lack of interest, the singer is persistent and says he will find a way to "make you mine." The singer also refers to "love games," as if he's being toyed with. When he sings, "I'm loving what you got / But then you push me off," it seems clear that, though he's crazy about this person, she doesn't share his feelings. Therefore, it seems as if in the lyric "Every time you move to the beat / It gets harder for me," "harder" is meant emotionally -- not physically. The official music video for "Don't Stop" is comic-book-style, with bright, 2-D images of the band members as superheroes.

Is it any good?

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"Don't Stop" is a bright, catchy rock song with a fun feel that suits a band with the name "5 Seconds of Summer." Musically, the song echoes popular music by Green Day or older tunes by The Cars or The Jags, but this song's vocal style is more modern. The lyric theme of wanting someone, despite being rejected by her, is a no-brainer most tweens and teens can relate to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the attraction in "Don't Stop" seems realistic. Do you think this guy will get a date?

  • How does the video relate to the content of the song?

  • This punk-influenced song has a similar sound to some bands from the '80s. If you like 5 Seconds of Summer, check out older music by American new wave band The Cars.

Music details

Artist:5 Seconds of Summer
Release date:May 23, 2014
Type:Single
Label:Capitol
Genre:Rock
Topics:Friendship
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old June 29, 2014
age 13+
 

Love this!

This song and band are amazing, it's so catchy. The song is very sexual though, with lyrics like "Your coming close now, swear I can taste it" which can be used as a double meaning
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byfangirlfeelings July 26, 2014
age 13+
 

Great Music but Suggestive Lyrics

I am an overall huge fan on 5SOS and adore them and their music to pieces. Their music has a pop rock sound although they claim to be "punk rock". While this song produces catchy lyrics and an awesome beat, the deeper meaning behind the song can make you want to question if it is best for your ten year old to listen too. Their new album (5 Seconds of Summer) as well is fantastic but has suggestive lyrics such as "She has a naughty tattoo in a place I want to get too" and "She looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel Underwear." Although the songs are great, have you kids wait to listen to these Aussie boys.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old June 17, 2014
age 12+
 

Five Seconds Of Summer: Don't Stop

I'm 12 and I'm seriously in love with this band (my username haha) and I think it's a fun song for 12+ year old to dance to and sing along. They're not like those other celebrities that talk about way inappropriate stuff. They're so funny!
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