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"Falling Down" (CD single)

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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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Language
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Consumerism
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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. 

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?

QUALITY

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
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 abandon you. other than dat,this song is very upbeat and i luv it from da very 1st listen
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 30, 2010

I hate some of these stupid reviews

You know what really ticks me off? That heartbreak songs and angry songs are considered to have a "negative message". It makes me SO angry. IT'S ENTERTAINMENT, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! It's not meant to be taken literally! It's meant to entertain you. People aren't sponges. They don't absorb every single message they hear. The only reason I even joined this site is to give my two cents' worth on the QUALITY of entertainment, not the message! You people make me so angry! "Her negative focus on romantic relationships is somewhat troubling" "Once again, a young female singer relates a less-than-positive message about her experience with romantic relationships" Honestly, people disgust me!

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