"Falling Down" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Cookie-cutter (but clean) tune with cynical outlook on love.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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. 

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Check out our article and accompanying video on Music and Your Kids for more on how to gauge the seriousness of the messages in your kids' music.

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:August 25, 2009
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old August 9, 2010

Getting old...

I like it but its getting old for me...
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bypretty gurl November 19, 2009
i dont know wat 2 say i just love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old January 5, 2010

Love It!!!!

I love the song Falling Down! It's so upbeat and great for everyone! There is nothing inappropriate about this music video. And I think this is one of Selena Gomez's best song! Rock on Selena!
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Great messages
Great role models


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