"Falling Down" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Cookie-cutter (but clean) tune with cynical outlook on love.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Once again, a young female singer relates a less-than-positive message about her experience with romantic relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the message in this song may not be the most positive, Gomez herself is a good role model, engaging in many charitable efforts and serving as a UNICEF ambassador.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in terms of foul language and adult references, Gomez gives no cause for concern with this song; however, her negative focus on romantic relationships is somewhat troubling. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byuytt2 December 17, 2009
better than i thought it would be
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 June 27, 2012

Ok single

It's alright. The song isn't innapropriate and okay for tweens.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheVampire June 3, 2011

An Upbeat Lesson

I think this song is Selena's lame attempt 2 teach us what happens if we become arragont spoiled brats. Cuz if we r like da person she describes, people ab... Continue reading

What's the story?

Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez is out to prove she can do more than act with FALLING DOWN, the first single off her full-length album Kiss & Tell. Following suit with peers like close friend Demi Lovato and Ashley Tisdale, Gomez uses her music to rail on a guy who's been bad to her, telling him that he'll be "falling down" without her -- and no one else besides her can help pick him back up. Though the lyrics themselves are clean enough, lacking explicit language and other adult references, the generally pessimistic tone of the song serves as yet another sad example of someone so young perpetuating such a cynical outlook on romantic relationships.

Is it any good?

In this song, Gomez copies both the negative lyrical message and the synth-pop musical formula that pervades much of the music now being released by young female singers. Unfortunately, her vocals aren't strong enough to distinguish the otherwise rote track from the rest of the pack. As a result, the single is just another one to throw on the growing pile of similar-sounding songs from today's teen pop stars.

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Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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