"E.T." (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Katy and Kanye pair up for steamy song about sex.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 71 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This song's message about sexual encounters isn't exactly positive or negative -- just mature.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There's nothing overwhelmingly positive or negative about these behaviors, which are too mature for young kids to engage in.


Some pretty heavy references to sex, such as "Im'a disrobe you / Then Im'a probe you."


A bleeped-out "f--k."


Mentions Prada.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talks about "getting stupid" at a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "E.T." is a heavily suggestive song about sex. Though it doesn't feature any swearing or super-graphic sexual references, it toes right up to the line at times, with lyrics like "infect me with your love, and fill me with your poison." Overall, this tune about adult sexual behavior is too mature for younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 27, 2014

I'm gonna disrobe you, Common Sense Media.

Katy & Kanye don't sing about sex! Not once, not ever!
Adult Written bySgt Mommy May 15, 2012

Crap for the ears.

Katy Perry is not appropriate for any kids. One song may not be bad, but this leads to listening to more of her songs, and then you have your kids hearing that... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 28, 2018

Extremely sexy song is not for kids

If you're gonna let your kids listen to this song, I'd recommend buying the version without Kanye West. While I personally like that version better, t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015

What's the story?

Originally appearing on her album Teenage Dream, "E.T." is a single by singer Katy Perry that has been remixed with rapper Kanye West. The song focuses on one topic -- sex -- with both artists singing and rhyming about how the object of their affection is "from a whole other world, a different dimension." Strongly suggestive at times, the tune strays away from overt sexual references but is still too mature for younger ears.

Is it any good?

While the original version of this methodical tune lacked some pizazz, the addition of West gives the song a welcome punch. Alternating between Perry's powerful vocals and Yeezy's saucy rapping style, the song lodges itself in your thoughts like only a memorable track will. Still, this one is best left for teens and adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it was a good choice for Katy Perry to remix this song with Kanye West. Why do you think she did?

  • Do Katy and Kanye's musical styles mesh well? Is the remix better or worse than the original, which featured Katy by herself?

Music details

  • Artists: Kanye West, Katy Perry
  • Release date: February 16, 2011
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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