"I Knew You Were Trouble" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Love is painful in clean yet emotional track.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

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Positive Messages

A positive message about owning up to a bad choice you've made, even when you knew better to begin with.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The track is about taking personal responsibility for an action instead of looking to place blame elsewhere.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "I Knew You Were Trouble" is one of Taylor Swift's less sunny tunes, with all of the lyrics focused on feeling terrible about being dumped by a notorious lady-killer. While the track lacks profanity and graphic adult content, lines like "I'm lying on the cold hard ground" and "I'm drowning" reveal the painful side of breakups.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies March 5, 2013

Clean track, mature theme

Taylor's song is very clean with a message about taking blame for your mistake. The track has no sex, violence or language in it. It is a little mature bec... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 18, 2021

this is clean kids give this a break

I'm a 2020s teen, a 2010s kid and I'm like this song is cool it is just a little violent believe me it should rated tv pg v. fact I'm born in 20... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 24, 2020

'I Knew You Were Trouble' by Taylor Swift is a great song.

This song is not innapropriate. There are some parts which are not for very young kids, but overall, it's not a bad song and it's okay for kids ages 8... Continue reading

What's the story?

"I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE" is a track from the fourth full-length album, Red, by country superstar Taylor Swift. Once again, Swift sings about romantic rejection, belting out some of her strongest lines yet about a rogue ladies' man she decides to date against her better judgment.

Is it any good?

More pop-flavored than some of the country singles ("Red") from this album, "I Knew You Were Trouble" has a rapid-fire hook that quickly gets under your skin. And Swift's stronger-than-usual vocals demonstrate again that she's at her best when she's fired up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about breakups. What can you do when you're feeling down after a romantic disappointment? Who can you talk to about your feelings?

  • Have you ever liked someone you knew wasn't good for you? What did you do about it? Did you learn any lessons from the experience?

  • Why do you think Taylor Swift is so focused on relationships? What else could she sing about?

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