"Girl on Fire" (CD Single)

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Positive girl-power anthem; even Minaj version is clean.

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Positive Messages

Another girl power anthem about believing in yourself and "setting the world on fire."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Alicia Keys is certainly a role model for young girls, for her musical ability, her individuality, and her obvious passion for making music that people can listen to in order to feel inspired, uplifted, and empowered.


Debuted at VMAs, has a version that features rapper Nicki Minaj, not to mention there is already buzz for it being the perfect song for Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Girl on Fire" debuted at the VMAs with a contribution from Nicki Minaj and even a quick routine by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. Even though the often edgy Minaj lends her voice to the "Inferno" version of this song, it's clean and appropriate for Alicia Keys' young fans and is a positive, fist-pumping song about empowerment.

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Kid, 11 years old September 10, 2020

This girl is on fire!

This tune is all about strength, courage, and female empowerment, and even the Nicki Minaj version is delightfully free of any iffy content. There is one line t... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 13, 2013


anther good song for the hunger games(awesome)i mean girl on fire katniss's nickname from the 74th hunger games!

What's the story?

Alicia Keys releases "GIRL ON FIRE," the lead single off her fifth studio album of the same name. This song is another girl-power anthem about believing in yourself and setting the world on fire. Nicki Minaj is featured on the "Inferno" version.

Is it any good?

Keys is good at creating anthem-like songs that get a crowd singing along and ready to conquer the world. Like "No One," "Girl on Fire" is a song about empowerment, this time for any girl who wants to find her place in this world. Its lyrics are catchy, with Keys singing, "She's on top of the world, burning it down, with her head in the clouds, and she's not coming down." Only problem is, there just aren't many lyrics, and it seems as if Keys sings the same thing over and over. In a stadium or packed auditorium, the repeated chorus among a crowd is probably igniting. But for regular listening, it's just a bit lukewarm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how music can affect your mood, outlook, or even the way you feel about certain things. When you're down, are there certain songs that make you feel better?

  • Nicki Minaj teams up with Alicia Keys to show that even she can sing appropriate, girl-empowering songs. What do you think about this duet? Do you like the version with Minaj? Why or why not?

  • Why would Keys pair up with a controversial figure like Minaj? What do both artists get out of the partnership?

Music details

  • Artist: Alicia Keys
  • Release date: September 4, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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