High School Musical 3: Senior Year Soundtrack

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Soundtrack Music Poster Image
More of the same likeable HSM tunes.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Predictably positive messages about friendship and dealing with the uncertainties of graduation and growing up, along with the subtle message that it's cool to be in the school play. "I Want It All" playfully glorifies the fame, fortune, and superficial perks that come with being a big star.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

No obvious product placement in lyrics: packaging unavailable for review. Part of the marketing behemoth that is High School Musical.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will be clamoring for Disney's hugely hyped soundtrack album. The good news is that it's squeaky-clean, well-performed kid pop that's family-safe, danceable, and fun, with plenty of positive messages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 26, 2009

not so great

to me a couple of the songs are just ok but the rest are awful. ( a couple songs are about relationships)
Adult Written byakacha86 March 17, 2009
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009

Disney Clean with Positive Friendship Messages

High School Musical has never been known as 'dirty'. In fact, it has always been known as the cleanest famous movie ever. It's innocent, and has... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 24, 2009



What's the story?

There's a plot twist in the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR SOUNDTRACK, as the wholesome, talented East High crew faces graduation and the scary future beyond. Even though they're as predictable and squeaky-clean as ever, the HSM 3 songs do deal with some real-life hard stuff, like facing separation from a sweetheart and uncertainty about what the future may hold.

Is it any good?

With Disney's usual high production standards and through-the-roof energy level, the cast delivers another dozen flawlessly performed songs in a variety of styles. A basketball championship game, a prom, and (go figure) a high school musical provide enough material to drive the plot, and the bits of over-the-top schlock even seem appropriate, not unlike the messages people write in each others' yearbooks.

Particular highlights include Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale's excellent performances and the song "A Night to Remember," which is a delightful peek at the frantic excitement of preparing for the prom.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the hype surrounding this CD -- and the High School Musical franchise in general. Do you think the early release singles ("Now or Never", "I Want It All") were designed to make you want to buy the whole CD and/or see the movie more? Did it work? Was the CD worth the wait? Families can also talk about "A Night to Remember," a funny song that describes getting ready for the prom from both the boy's and the girl's point of view. How do you prepare for an exciting night out?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Disney
  • Genre: Soundtrack
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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