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What 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?
"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.
Talk to your kids 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.
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