"Heart Attack" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Power-pop track about relationships is catchy and clean.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There's not a very positive message about the way girls should act in relationships: "When I don't care/ I can play 'em like a Ken doll/ Won't wash my hair/ Then make 'em bounce like a basketball." And feminists may cringe at "But you make me wanna act like a girl/ Paint my hair and wear high heels."

Positive Role Models & Representations

A former Disney star, Demi has been honest about her struggles with eating disorders and cutting. While she's growing up and maturing, she hasn't gotten too racy with her music.


The song talks about relationships and mentions hand-holding, but it stays away from sex and innuendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that former Disney star Demi Lovato is back with a vulnerable power-pop single about not wanting to lose your heart. The video, which features only the song's lyrics and fan tweets, was released through a clever Twitter campaign. The song is about relationships, but with no iffy language, violence, sex, drugs, or alcohol, it and the video are appropriate for tweens and teens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfrankf-k January 11, 2015
Kid, 9 years old July 20, 2014
I hate this song. Some lyrics close to the word b-tch
Kid, 10 years old September 3, 2013

Heart Attack is COOL! :)

Demi Lovato strikes again with another brilliant, catchy, hit song. Unfortunately, it gives the wrong message about how to deal with boys! ("play 'em... Continue reading

What's the story?

Demi Lovato's holding tight to her heart with her single "HEART ATTACK," a power-pop hit about being vulnerable in love. The song shows Lovato's increasing maturity and staying power in her post-Disney career. The release of the video -- a simple panorama of the song's lyrics with fans' tweets flowing across the screen -- created quite a stir, with fans having to tweet the song's lyrics to unlock access to it.

Is it any good?

The former Disney pop princess continues to grow up on "Heart Attack." While the lyrics are a little lame ("You make me wanna be a girl/ Paint my nails and wear perfume), the vocal performance shows Lovado's continued maturity. When she belts out "You make me glow" on the chorus, she seems to be channeling Kelly Clarkson, clinching the single's hit status. Here's hoping the rest of her new album continues to highlight her vocal chops and increasing range.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Lovato's music has changed over time. What makes her current music sound different?

  • Lovato has been upfront about her personal struggles. Do you think she's still a good role model? Why or why not?

  • What do you think of the music video? Do you like the idea of integrating Twitter with videos?

Music details

  • Artist: Demi Lovato
  • Release date: February 26, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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