"Home" (CD single)



Idol champ keeps it clean, upbeat in debut single.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Though this tune doesn't include a direct educational component, it still offers a positive life lesson about helping others through difficult circumstances. 

Positive messages

Good messages about reaching out to others when they are in need.

Positive role models

Phillip Phillips seems like a nice guy with a bright future ahead of him.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Home" -- the first single from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips -- is a clean, positive track about a guy who offers encouragement to someone going through a rough patch. It's entirely free of mature content and profanity, making it a great pick for younger ears. 

What's the story?

The debut single by 11th American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, "HOME" features lyrics focused on someone telling a friend not to be afraid of a new situation: "Hold on to me as we go, as we roll down this unfamiliar road / And although this wave is stringing us along, just know you’re not alone." In its first week, the track sold more digital downloads than the debut single of any other Idol to date.

Is it any good?


Listening to this tune, it's easy to tell that Mumford and Sons are among Phillips' musical influences. The smoky tone of Phillips' vocals is a refreshing departure from the more straightforward pop sounds of his American Idol peers, helping make this one of the more appealing Idol releases.    

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Phillip Phillips compares to all the Idol winners who came before. Do you think he will continue to be successful?

  • Do you think Phillips stands to become one of the stronger role models to ever win Idol? Why or why not? 

  • What influence might Phillips' congenital kidney condition have had on his music and career? 

Music details

Artist:Phillip Phillips
Release date:June 7, 2012
Label:19 Recordings
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013

Good message!

It's a good song with a good message about helping!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiancababygurl September 25, 2013

Love it

I love this song I could listen to it over and over again
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Great messages
Written byAnonymous March 10, 2013

For 8+ and it's a good song to listen and I really Love this song.

Home is good song for both Kids and Work.
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