"Good Girls Go Bad" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Good Girls Go Bad" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Gossip Girl star lends voice to one-night stand song.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This song glamorizes a guy's efforts to corrupt a girl and her inability to resist him, making for negative messages on both sides.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band makes a sport out of trolling for one-nighters, eliminating itself from the good role model category.


Nothing extreme, though some thinly veiled references, such as "I know your type, you're daddy's little girl / Just take a bite, let me shake up your world / 'Cause just one night couldn't be so wrong / I'm gonna make you lose control."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this single doesn't include any graphic language or direct references to sex, it offers plenty of indirect sexual innuendo that's too mature for young ears.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxtrole October 23, 2009

Catchy but very raunchy

The song is obviously talking about getting girls who are not promiscuous to become so. Becoming so would either imply dirty dancing during a dance or having se... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus August 18, 2012

Really good.

I like this song.
Kid, 12 years old February 11, 2011
its a good song!!!!!!! number#1 song

What's the story?

Pop rock quintet Cobra Starship sings about elicit behavior in GOOD GIRLS GO BAD -- a track written by American Idols judge Kara DioGuardi and featuring guest vocals from Gossip Girls star Leighton Meester. In this single, Meester and lead vocalist Gabe Saporta trade off at the mic, with Saporta singing about setting his sights on a good girl whom he wants to "shake up," and Meester playing the part of the corruptible girl who can't "resist" the guy's charms. Though this back-and-forth contains no explicit language or overt sexual references, the overarching message about playing games with someone's emotions is hardly an exemplary one.

Is it any good?

Aside from Meester's solid vocal performance, not a lot distinguishes this song from the pop-rock pack. It's a danceable tune that undoubtedly makes for good filler music in the clubs and decent background music in the car, but otherwise, its uncreative hook and ho-hum sound are nothing new.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why would Cobra Starship reinforce the typical stereotypes of guys who want to use girls and girls who can't say no?

  • Listening to degrading sexual lyrics has been shown to speed sexual activity. Talk to your kids about sex and the media

Music details

  • Artist: Cobra Starship
  • Release date: May 8, 2009
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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