"Glad You Came" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Breezy pop tune mentions partying but is OK for older tweens

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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."


"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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRomeo1540 June 15, 2013

Fairly clean song

It is a mostly clean song, but does mention drinking. There is a line about a girl looking "well" on him.
Parent Written byTheaT. March 29, 2013


It's important to know if your child is mature enough to listen to this and understand the message.
Teen, 14 years old Written bylily-reads June 2, 2013

Don't Bother With This Song.

This song is repetitive and not well written. It makes me SICK the way that these "men" act as if women are clothes, "you'd look well on me... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 November 30, 2012

"Glad You Came" Review

I kind of like this song. The music doesn't sound like regular pop to me, and I kind of like that.
This song is about romance, but I think there was only o... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Mercury
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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