"Girl Gone Wild" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Dance-pop track is OK, but sexual video isn't for kids.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Song is about being a "bad girl."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Yes, Madonna is all about empowerment and pushing the envelope, but at 53, grinding, kissing men, and talking about being a "bad girl" is getting kind of, well, old.


"Girls just want to have some fun, get fired up like a smoking gun." Video shows men holding guns and being a little too friendly with them.


The song itself just talks about being a "bad girl" and Madonna praying to God about wanting "so badly to be good." The video is very sexual and shows Madonna grinding the wall, being kissed, licked, and rubbed by several half-naked men (at once), and men kissing an apple at the same time very seductively.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Video shows Madonna and several men smoking sexily and blowing smoke rings.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although "Girl Gone Wild" has clean language, it's about a bad girl who can't help herself. The video is very sexual, with half-naked men all over Madonna, kissing, grinding, and licking her. In the beginning of the video, Madonna prays to God to help her be a good girl so she won't go to hell, then a man with a crown of thorns appears. As she is getting kissed and fondled by many men, she says, "Forgive me." Parents should use their judgment with the video, which has been banned on YouTube for anyone under the age of 18.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 23, 2013

Clean song but an iffy message

Not a dirty song, but doesn't have a great message. While there are no swear words, the theme of the song is about a girl who's going bad, which could... Continue reading
Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 April 10, 2012

very offending

ok well i will admit i am a christian man and probabley should have expected this but i am still in hot water with her over it the compleate mockery of christ y... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 December 17, 2020

Girl Gone Crazy!

This song is offensive to Christians especially me! Madonna, pls do NOT pray! Don't listen to this song or watch this music video because of like I said be... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat December 17, 2020


Ok I have never heard it before but, I know the cover of it isn’t the best but, I just couldn’t resist writing a review on this. I don’t have very much to say e... Continue reading

What's the story?

Middle-aged superwoman Madonna continues to show that she's the original bad girl when it comes to making music and shocking the world with "GIRL GONE WILD," the second single from her 12th studio album, MDNA, about a bad girl who just can't be good. The controversial video was banned on YouTube for the 18 and under crowd due to its sexual content.

Is it any good?

When you see the video for "Girl Gone Wild,"  it's clear Madonna is pulling out all the stops: fabulous platinum Marilyn look, half-naked men in tights and stilettos, men making out with each other, Madonna, and an apple, Madonna grinding a wall and doing yoga, and oh yeah, a guy with a crown of thorns and Madonna praying to God to be a good girl. It's obvious she is desperate to prove that she can still shock and awe like the best of 'em. Granted, the single is a solid club beat, but as a song alone it's standard electro-pop for the dance floor. Now, put that together with the raunchy, sexy video and you got yourself something to talk about. Madonna has done it again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga like to push the envelope when it comes to their art. Do you think artists ever go too far? When? What can parents and kids do about it?

  • Do you think the hype surrounding controversial music helps or hurts the artist? How?

  • The video is extremely sexual. Even though it's been banned by YouTube for viewers under 18, chances are that kids will still see it. Talk to your kids about your family's views and values concerning about sex and relationships.

Music details

  • Artist: Madonna
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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