"Don't Stop" (CD single)

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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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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?


"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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bykxaly January 12, 2015


I love 5 Seconds of Summer! I don't understand why is says 12 and up. Yeah, some the lyrics in "Don't Stop" can be suggestive, but what kid is going to realize that? This goes same with their album. The songs I will say are defiantly probably not appropriate are English Love Affair, 18, and American Idiot (which is a cover they often sing). American Idiot is probably the most inappropriate one they've performed, because of the bad language. But it isn't in their album so I wouldn't worry much. I would say that the band it's self is for 12 and up. Just a warning, the band does swear a lot on Twitter and Instagram and just in general.
Kid, 12 years old December 15, 2014

catchy and awesome

its definitely 8 and up. 5sos are an age appropriate on some of their songs but most of their songs would be 11 and up. But 'dont stop' is for like 8 year olds.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter October 20, 2014

Clean and catchy

12 years old? This is a clean song about young love for all ages!


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