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"Higher" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Higher" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Movin' to the groove is the focus of this clean tune.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song's message is a positive one about lifting your spirits through dancing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

By emphasizing the ability to feel great without using substances, this song encourages healthy behavior.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this song's title might seem like a reference to drugs, it's really a squeaky-clean tune about elevating your mood by dancing. There's no adult content or graphic language whatsoever, making it an age-appropriate choice for younger listeners. 

User Reviews

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Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2011

Prettty good...

This song is really good, but drinking and drugs could be a issue for the younger ones. One of them says "I got this high without takin a pill" That... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2011

Lovin it!

I love this song! A good message and nice tune, wonderful song, greatly written. Highly reccomended for everyone!!!

What's the story?

When R&B crooner Taio Cruz remixed his song "HIGHER" with rapper Travie McCoy, he didn't alter the gist of the original lyrics: Both versions of the song are super-clean tunes about getting a natural high from dancing, without engaging in drinking or drug use. The straightforward lyrics include "I got this high, we're about to get a feel / This move has got me way over the sun, I'm dancing like I'm the only one." These and other energizing lines make this song a fun and age-appropriate choice for tweens and teens.

Is it any good?

The smooth vocals that Cruz shows off in the original single are complemented by the addition of McCoy's upbeat rhymes in this remix. While the overall effect isn't earth-shattering, the song's consistent, catchy beat is enough to ensure the song's regular rotation in the clubs (and at middle school and high school parties).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how fun physical activity -- like dancing -- can help your state of mind. What are other physical activities that are also fun to do?

  • How do you feel when you're finished playing a sport, working in the garden, or doing another form of exercise?

  • Many pop songs are about having a good time, and often drinking is part of the fun. Why do you think that is?

Music details

For kids who love to dance

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