"Higher" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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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

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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. 

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Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2018

Great song, but a few versions that are not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song that should be fine for all ages. However, there is some suggestive subject matter in the versions featuring Travie McCoy, but noth... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 2, 2012

Really good!

I love Taio Cruz. This is a fun song.

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

  • Artists: Taio Cruz, Travie McCoy
  • Release date: December 22, 2010
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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