"Glad You Came" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Breezy pop tune mentions partying but is OK for older tweens





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Glad You Came" is about meeting someone at a party and, perhaps, hooking up.

Positive role models

Song mentions drinking, and video shows teens that appear to be drinking.

Not applicable

Nothing graphic or totally inappropriate, but "Glad You Came" is about meeting someone at a party. Minor innuendo with lyrics that say "You look well on me -- let's go somewhere else where no one can see."

Not applicable

"Glad You Came" will be featured on Glee.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mild reference to drinking: "I hand you another drink; drink it if you can." The video features young people drinking at a beach party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Glad You Came" is basically about meeting someone at a party. There are a few mentions of having a drink, and although the lyrics are clean, there's some minor innuendo that implies "hooking up." The video shows some skimpy beach wear and pretty bodies at a beach-house party. It's fine for older tweens and up.

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Kids say

What's the story?

British-Irish boy band fivesome, The Wanted, gives us a reason to look forward to summer parties with their single \"GLAD YOU CAME.\" From their second studio album Battleground, the pop-tech club beat is about meeting up at a party and maybe a little more. The video features a lot of young bodies drinking and having fun at a beach-house party.

Is it any good?


The Wanted is taking this continent by storm with their European good looks and synth-fresh sound that's fit for the dance floor or sandy shore. "Glad You Came" is an upbeat club mix with accordions and enticing lyrics that make you anxious for warmer weather and hot nights. It's not the best song ever recorded, but it's a fun confection that will get you on your feet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the allure of a band or musician from across the seas. Do you think it makes a band more likely for success just because they hail from another country or have a different accent?

  • "Glad You Came" will be performed on the TV show Glee. Do you think this type of product placement helps a band's success?

  • Do you think it helps a TV show to use music that's familiar to the audience?

Music details

Artist:The Wanted
Release date:January 18, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byOGORMAN May 6, 2012

This song will make you glad you listened! Haha I'm punny! Get it?? ;)

The Wanted were a very talented group of young men. Though the way they echo their lyrics throughout the entire song can get somewhat annoying, "Glad You Came" is still worth a listen. The song is about a boy being glad that a girl showed up to a party where they can spend time together because they like each other. There is only one line about drinking, but in their defense, they are all legal drinking age (in the United Kingdom anyways) and the line is simply what is stated above "Take you by the hand. Hand you another drink." That's it. It's not some horrible 'let's get drunk' thing. I love this song and listen to it in my car while I'm driving, as well as a couple of their other songs: Chasing the Sun and Lightning. PS: Jay Mcguiness is my favorite. Check it out!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bydalia89 February 28, 2012


i like the song a lot
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byRoflT March 6, 2012


Its my fave song!! im listening to it now!


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