"Here's to Never Growing Up" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Here's to Never Growing Up" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Another tribute to teen angst, this time with f-bomb.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song glorifies acting irresponsibly: "They say just grow up but they don't know us / We don't give a f--k and we're never gonna change."

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Lavigne has been an empowering role model for young girls in the past, her refusal to act like an adult as she matures isn't the best example for tweens and teens.

Violence
Sex
Language

The lyrics contain multiple uses of profanity, including "damn," "ass," and "f--k."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The refrain "I got a bottle of whatever, but it's getting us drunk," is repeated multiple times, as well as "When the sun's going down, we'll be raising our cups." Lavigne also brags "We live like rock stars / Dance on every bar."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avril Lavigne continues her usual theme of teen rebellion on her single "Here's to Never Growing Up," but has upped the angst, profanity, and references to drinking. The message in the song and video (which shows her running amok at prom with her cohorts) that she refuses to grow up and doesn't "give a f--k" makes this song best for teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 6, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent August 8, 2013

Amazing, great song with not "that much" bad stuff....!

Okay, don't worry-I know this doesn't have "positive messages." But if you think about it, maybe it does, because with all else, it does en... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2013

Ay Ay Ay

Lots of swearing.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymunoru July 23, 2013

No way, Jose. It's a 10-12!

All it says is a-s and f--k, which 10-12-year-olds have heard. They've heard of alcohol, too.

What's the story?

Avril Lavigne continues to sing about being a teen rebel in this single from her upcoming fifth album. "HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP" shows Lavigne still doesn't care about acting like an adult as she trashes the halls of her high school in the music video and gloats "We'll be running down the street yelling kiss my ass, / I'm like yeah whatever, we're still living like that."

Is it any good?

If you like classic Avril Lavigne, then you'll probably love "Here's to Never Growing Up," even if you're kind of wishing she would finally grow up. Adults will be hooked by nostalgia with the first line ("Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs / With the boom box blaring as we're falling in love") while everyone else will be singing "Here's to never growing up" at the top of their lungs. And the clever nods to "Complicated" in the music video are fun to watch.

If this were Lavigne's first or second album, it would be a satisfying hit. But this is her fifth album and nothing new is being brought to the table. And seeing her run around pretending she's at her senior prom when really she's almost 30 is just kind of sad. It may be tongue-in-cheek, but it's starting to get a little old. Hopefully her new music will keep the energy of "Here's to Never Growing Up," but will bring some much-needed maturity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lavigne's image. Do you think she's a positive role model for kids? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think Lavigne referenced her "Complicated" music video in "Here's to Never Growing Up"? What's similar about the two videos?

  • Lavigne is an adult. Do you think she should still be singing about teen issues and themes?

Music details

  • Artist: Avril Lavigne
  • Release date: April 19, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Epic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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