"Hold It Against Me" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Brit cleans up her act in relatively tame dance single.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

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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.


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

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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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.
Parent Written byKonichiwa March 13, 2011


I think this is britneys best song next to circus. It clearly talks about wanting to make love with this guy.
Teen, 15 years old Written byflattire January 12, 2012

Very Sexual Message, Not Worth it.

When I read this review, I was very disappointed. This song is VERY sexual, and Common Sense Media doesn't realize that. Just by the name of the song,... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 10, 2020

Inoffensive party jam

Compared to the rest of Spears's body of work, this song seems tame. Yes, there's one adult line, but overall there's a positive message about ha... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: January 11, 2011
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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