"Don't Wanna Go Home" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Lots of drinking, belligerent behaviors in mature club tune.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Lots (and lots) of talk about drinking and staying out at the club until all hours.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A lot of talk of drinking to excess.


Aggressive lines about refusing to leave once a club has closed: "Let the club shut down, we won't go / Burn it down to the floor." 


A little sexy talk about having girls "in my lap."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many references to getting drunk: "We drink the whole bottle but it ain't over."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Don't Wanna Go Home" has a laser-focus on drinking at the dance club until the wee hours of the morning -- along with some belligerent behavior when it finally comes time to close the club and the patrons don't want to leave. These negative messages are definitely not ones that parents will want their tweens and young teens to hear.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byPunkchic September 5, 2011

Great dance song with only some innuendos

The song in general is a fun beat to dance too. However, it includes a lot more drinking and drugs, such as the line "Turn the lights low 'cause we ab... Continue reading

What's the story?

The title of R&B singer Jason Derulo's song "DON'T WANNA GO HOME" says a lot about its subject matter: the track talks about being out at a club all night long yet refusing to leave at closing time. Plenty of drinking goes on throughout the night, with the partygoers ultimately "losing control." The single doesn't feature profanity or vivid sexual descriptions, but its discussion of getting drunk and engaging in aggressive acts still puts the song beyond the reach of younger audiences.

Is it any good?

Though the ubiquitous synth-beat backs this dance tune, Jason Derulo's sassy yet smooth vocals give it a more distinct sound than the typical club track. Coupled with a catchy hook from Harry Belafonte's classic song "Day-O," Derulo's performance makes the song continue to run through your mind even after it's over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers involved in drinking to excess. What are some of the consequences that can come from overloading on alcohol?

  • Why do some young artists like Jason Derulo glorify drinking in their songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Jason Derulo
  • Release date: May 20, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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