High School Musical 2 Soundtrack

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
High School Musical 2 Soundtrack Music Poster Image
Popular with kidsParents recommend
Upbeat dance-party fun from Disney's hit sequel.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 24 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Gently positive messages about sticking up for yourself and your friends, taking responsibility, and stepping up when problems need to be solved.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"Fabulous" mentions expensive brand-name clothing; CD package is filled with ads for half a dozen other Disney CDs. Still, there's less advertising per page-space than usual on a Disney product.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is the one your kids have been waiting for. And it's good to know that Disney's soundtrack sequel delivers more of the same stuff that was found on the first one: family-friendly, danceable music, and gently positive anthems about friendship and self-esteem. Clothing brand names are mentioned in one song ("Fabulous") and the CD package is filled with ads for other CDs and products, but the overall message is upbeat, encouraging, and harmless.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Adult Written byemilydr April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bymezaju August 7, 2009
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

This soundtrack of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, sequel to the first HSM, delivers more of the same squeaky-clean, danceable messages about personal responsibility (\"I wanna make it right/that is the way/to turn my life around/today is the day/Am I the type of guy who means what I say?/Bet on it\"), friendship (\"All for One\"), and problem solving (\"Work This Out\"). High points are the irresistible single, \"What Time Is It,\" an ode to summer fun; Sharpay's version of \"You Are the Music in Me,\" delivered with gritty energy and style; and the gospel-choir-energized ending to \"Everyday.\"

Is it any good?

Relentlessly good-time fun is the name of the game on the soundtrack for Disney's High School Musical 2. A quirky bonus track, "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a," may remind some of the 1950s Disney Pineapple Princess, "Hawaianette" Funicello. The duet ballads veer especially close to drippy, so committed rockers will want to skip those tracks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the hype that preceded the release of this CD. Did the "teaser" single make you want this one more, or did it feel like the record company just wanted to sell you the same product more than once? Now that you've heard the whole album, do you think it was worth the wait? Also, the song "Fabulous" celebrates buying expensive clothes. Do you think it's meant to be serious or tongue-in-cheek?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: August 14, 2007
  • Label: Disney
  • Genre: Soundtrack
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate