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"Hit the Lights" (CD Single)



Upbeat tune about letting go of doubt, reaching for dreams.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

A positive message about living life to the fullest and not letting fear of failure get in the way.

Positive role models

Song is about having the courage to take advantage of the opportunities life presents.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An indirect reference to drinking: "People raise your glasses."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Hit the Lights" is an uplifting single about taking life by the horns. Though it includes a line about "losing control," the context is to let go of the fears you may have about following your dreams. With no profanity or adult content aside from one muted reference to drinking ("raise your glass"), the song is an especially positive, motivational pick for younger tweens and teens who are feeling insecure. 

What's the story?

"HIT THE LIGHTS" is the third single from When the Sun Goes Down, the third full-length album from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez. In this uplifting track, Gomez encourages listeners to let go of their inhibitions and seize opportunities whenever they arise.

Is it any good?


Selena Gomez fans will find more of what they love in "Hit the Lights," a synth-pop song that sounds pretty similar to many of her previous hits. Though Gomez doesn't have near the vocal chops of her powerhouse boyfriend, Justin Bieber, she still manages to give a solid enough performance to pull this tune off.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reasons why some kids feel insecure. What are some of the steps you can take to overcome feelings of self-doubt and insecurity?

  • Do you think Selena Gomez does a good job of reflecting self-confidence in her personal life, as well as her music? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:November 29, 2011
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old December 17, 2011

No language? OH PLEASE!!!

There is language in this song. The song mentions "d-mn" twice. The Radio Disney version is clean, but the normal version isn't. Also, one use of "screw(ed)"
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byonyxprincess December 8, 2011

So-so song with good messages, language the site didn't catch

If you listen to this song on Radio Disney, it is on for ages 7 and up and the Common Sense Media review fits it just fine. But if you listen to the version that is on her album, her music video, etc., it says "you're too d**n scared to fly". Common Sense Media didn't catch that.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byFashionDiva December 15, 2011

Very Good

It does have a couple uses of D*nm but other than that it is very fun up beat music definitely fun to dance too. :)
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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