"Grenade" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Intense song from usually sweet crooner has dark imagery.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song takes the notion of protecting someone you love to what could be considered unhealthy extremes. Some of the imagery is violent, but it's more about the idea of an all-consuming crush/love than it is about danger.

Positive role models

Although the song isn't meant to be taken literally, the idea of loving someone so much that you'd do literally anything for them isn't always the best example for impressionable teens.


Lyrics suggest self-inflicted violence: "I’d catch a grenade for you / Throw my hand on a blade for you / Jump in front of a train for you / I'd go through all this pain, take a bullet straight through my brain ... but you won't do the same."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single features some violent imagery, with a guy describing all of the harmful situations he would put himself through in order to protect the girl he loves (who doesn't share his feelings in return). The song isn't meant to be taken literally, but the idea of loving someone so much that you'd sacrifice your own health and/or happiness for them (plus the descriptions of being shot, burned alive, and other violent scenarios) makes it somewhat intense.

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What's the story?

"GRENADE" is the second solo single by Bruno Mars, the golden-throated R&B singer who often guest stars on other artists' songs. While Mars' first solo release, "Just the Way You Are," was a super-sweet love song, his second single is quite different. It tells the tale of a guy who's had his heart broken by a girl whom he would have given his life for -- and he describes all of the things he would (theoretically) endure for her, including being shot, burned, hit by a train, and more. Though the tune doesn't include any swearing, its dark imagery may be enough to give parents pause before they buy it for their younger kids.

Is it any good?


Even when singing a song like "Grenade," there's no denying that Mars has a vocal gift. His high, clear notes help this song stand out among the vast crowd of synth-pop tunes out there -- making a strong case for his continued success with future releases.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to handle the feelings of despair that often arise after a break-up. The solutions in this song aren't meant to be realistic; what can you do in that kind of situation?

  • Why do you think Mars, who usually makes upbeat songs, chose to do something darker?

Music details

Artist:Bruno Mars
Release date:November 9, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian gurl April 27, 2011
kinda weird no words for it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bySonicfan April 12, 2011
OMG it not iffy for 13 my WHOL family loves this song my lil sis 9 and lil bor 11 there nothing bad
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byButterflyNM14 December 29, 2010

For the love of god, CSM.

You guys take everything as a threat. If I said "I don't like CSM's reviews", you'd probably remove my account. Violence? Give me a break. He's not even graphic, and he's talking about what he would do for someone. If you don't consider that a good message, you really need to fire some of your reviewers.
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Great messages
Great role models


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