Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Clean love songs from boy band; OK choice for tweens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

"Cover Girl" talks about the real beauty that lies "underneath your skin, the beauty that shines within," not what's seen in a magazine.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Clean, sex-free music from a boy band.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Nothing sexual, but songs about relationships, love, dating, and kissing.


The band has a TV show of the same name, Big Time Rush.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the boys of Big Time Rush are very popular already thanks to their hit self-titled show on Nickelodeon, not to mention popular songs that are often at the top of the iTunes charts. Their music is mostly about relationships, love, and dating, so there are mentions of kissing in a few tracks, but it's all clean and age-appropriate for tweens. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Elevate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTVAGE December 18, 2013
Adult Written byTinyToya November 28, 2011

These Men are Really Trying to "Man" Up While Still Keeping Young Girl Fan Base...Not Good...

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJordybell June 27, 2012


Songs like "Covergirl" and "You're Not Alone" have possitive messages about staying true to your friends and seeing people for they are... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 6, 2012

Just fine.

Not as good as the first one, but still awesome.

What's the story?

ELEVATE is the sophomore album from the boy band who got their start and fame on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, which chronicles their "rise to stardom." The 13 tracks include the lead hit single, "If I Ruled the World," a song about self-acceptance and living life big. Most of the songs are about relationships, love, dating, and kissing.

Is it any good?

The fluffy-haired foursome that makes up Big Time Rush have matured on their second album. The songs are crisper and  more contemporary, letting them show off their boy-band harmonies with beats that are catchy but perhaps a bit too synthesized. BTR sounds best and most authentic when they sing lyric-driven songs like "Cover Girl," but it's the poptastic beats that reign on this record. "Elevate" is an obvious stand out, and "You're Not Alone" is a sweet song about a best friend, but it's just more of the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of bands like Big Time Rush. What do you think makes them so popular?

  • The boys of Big Time Rush already have a popular TV show; do you think this automatically makes them likely to have musical success? If you already like a TV actor or TV show, does that make you want to buy more products that feature that person or group?

Music details

  • Artist: Big Time Rush
  • Release date: November 21, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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