"Hold It Against Me" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Hold It Against Me" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Brit cleans up her act in relatively tame dance single.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

With toned-down lyrics about dancing and flirtation, this song has a positive message about having fun without overdoing it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The people in this tune maintain control over their actions at the dance club, displaying positive role model behavior.

Violence
Sex

One line has the lyric "I want your body."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Hold It Against Me" is much cleaner than many of the Britney Spears songs that came before it. Besides one line with the lyric "I want your body," the tune is free of explicit references and graphic language. Parents should feel fine about letting their teens listen to this single.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byGooch February 11, 2011
Another Britney song with lots of innuendo, starting with "hold it against me."
Adult Written byJulia from Sweden June 26, 2011

watch out!

There is a lot of noticeable product placement in the video. Also some video game style violence. Decent lyrics.
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 May 14, 2012

Mildly steamy

It's alright...
Kid, 10 years old November 10, 2011

good song!

it's a really good song! But I really like I wanna go :)

What's the story?

HOLD IT AGAINST ME is Britney Spears' first single since "3", the pop icon's super-racy tune about having a threesome. This relatively tame song is part of the singer's comprehensive effort to get both her career and personal life back on track. And the clean lyrics contain none of the explicit references or adult content that have marked other Spears tunes; instead, they describe a pretty innocent attraction forming between two people on the dance floor: "You feel like paradise, I need a vacation tonight / So if I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?" Overall, the song is much more appropriate for younger audiences than many of Spears' other songs.

Is it any good?

In recent years, Brit's music has morphed from pure pop songs (which were often remixed for the clubs) into dance tunes that stand on their own. "Hold It Against Me" follows this trend, with a driving synth beat and lots of Auto-Tune that helps to distort her so-so vocals. Die-hard Spears fans will undoubtedly love the new track, despite the fact that it doesn't offer anything too original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Spears' music. This single is much tamer than previous releases; why do you think she chose to release a less controversial track?

  • Can a song by an artist known for her sex appeal be popular without edgy lyrics?

  • This song is part of Spears'

  • effort to get both her career and personal life back on track. Does this single change your opinion of the singer and her music? Why or why not?

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