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"Higher" (CD single)

Movin' to the groove is the focus of this clean tune.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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. 

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).

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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's a reference to drugs in plain sight! Then they say "The music's got me goin higher. I feel like I can touch the sky" But overal this is is clean partying song. And there are not many of those.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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!!!
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Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 2, 2012

Really good!

I love Taio Cruz. This is a fun song.
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Great messages