"Firework" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Unusually clean Perry song emphasizes self-esteem.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 113 reviews

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

Positive Messages

This is one of Perry's most positive songs, with a message about believing in yourself even when things aren't going your way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perry is a positive role model in this particular song, encouraging listeners to value themselves.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they have nothing to worry about with this single, which is much tamer than many of singer Katy Perry's other hits. There's no profanity or references to adult content like sex or substances; instead, the song focuses on staying self-confident in the midst of trying times. It's a great choice for tweens and teens needing some encouragement as they face insecurity and self-doubt.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMy Pop Culture ... February 3, 2021

Nice song about self esteem.

I think this song is one of Perry's iconic projects. It has a very good message about self esteem. I listen to lots of songs about self esteem like this on... Continue reading
Parent Written byMomma K. June 27, 2017

Great song with a great message!

This song is definetly appropriote for all ages, with its empowering lyrics and catchy beat. Well done Katy Perry!
Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2021
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2020

Great message

This song is all about self-love and following your dreams. I added it to my Pride playlist on Spotify, and I'm probably not the first to do so. Check it o... Continue reading

What's the story?

"FIREWORK" is another single off of Katy Perry's blockbuster album, Teenage Dream. While other singles from the record (for example, "California Gurls") include lots of content about sex and partying, this tune is a squeaky-clean story about believing in yourself. The track focuses on valuing your uniqueness even when you don't feel special -- a super-positive message for all of the tweens and teens out there who are feeling unsure of themselves as they grow up. Inspiring lyrics include: "You don't have to feel like a waste of space / You're original, cannot be replaced / If you only knew what the future holds / After a hurricane comes a rainbow."

Is it any good?

While the theme of this song differs from most of Perry's previous tunes, the power-pop musical formula -- big vocals, simple arrangements, catchy pop hooks -- has stayed largely the same. The approach has worked for Perry in the past, resulting in toe-tapping tracks that get plenty of airplay. And it's likely to work again with this song, even though it doesn't sound all that different from its predecessors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to take Perry's message about self-esteem to heart. What causes people to undervalue themselves and believe they're not worthy of happiness?

  • What are five things you can do to cheer yourself up when you're going through tough times?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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