"Heard It on the Radio" (CD Single)



Austin & Ally star cuts clean track about a fun beach party.

What parents need to know

Educational value

No real educational value, just a song about having summer fun in the sand.

Positive messages

Having some wholesome summer fun is the positive message behind this song.

Positive role models

Who doesn't enjoy a good time with friends in the great outdoors?

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Heard It On the Radio" is a super-wholesome song focused on one thing: having a good, clean time at a summer beach party. While it includes some very light flirtation ("I smile and I tan and her sandals in her hand / Rockin' the shades, you can almost see the eyes lock"), there's absolutely no other mature content whatsoever -- making this a fun pick for younger and older ears alike.

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What's the story?

"HEARD IT ON THE RADIO" is the debut single from Ross Lynch -- better known by some as the character Austin Moon on the Disney series Austin & Ally. The track is about a fun beach party. It's a clean, cute choice for younger kids, especially those who love the series.

Is it any good?


Many of the stars of Disney's wildly popular, music-oriented sitcoms are better eye-candy than singers -- and the same can be said for Ross Lynch. The cute-as-a-button teen has an upbeat, if not strong, sound that's similar to Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, another artist whose vocals leave a little to be desired.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's a good idea for actors who portray musicians on TV -- like Ross Lynch, who plays Austin Moon on the Disney series Austin & Ally -- to release real songs on the music scene.

  • Is Ross Lynch talented enough to try to make it as a musician on his own merits, or is his appeal inextricably linked to his role as Austin Moon?

  • How would you compare Ross Lynch to other young stars who've found themselves in the same boat -- like Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana fame?

Music details

Artist:Ross Lynch
Release date:July 10, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate August 7, 2012


Meh. Just another Disney wannabe. Those producers pop out Autotuned singers like they're running a factory. The song's okay, but vocals leave much to be desired and the show isn't so great either. So it's appropriate, but nothing memorable.
Kid, 12 years old August 20, 2012

Very Nice Song

I really like "Heard It On The Radio!" I think it's a great song that shows kids a good time on the beach! It has absolutely no violence or any foul language! Listen to it! Even the music video shows Ross Lynch (The singer of Heard It On The Radio) hanging out on the beach singing with his buddies! I'm sure you'll enjoy it. :)
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