"Firework" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Unusually clean Perry song emphasizes self-esteem.





What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

Amazing song!

Great song with powerful messages that never lost their value!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old October 4, 2014

Great song for any age!

Unlike most Katy Perry songs this one is ok for any age just don't get the cover where she is nude.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old November 26, 2013

Pretty good song

Great son,lovely messages and NO bad language or violence.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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