"I Wanna Go" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Brit tones down the sex, partying in fairly clean track.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing too positive or negative here, just a message about needing to blow off steam.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Britney doesn't describe any particularly good or bad role model behavior in this track.


One vaguely sexual reference: "I've been told do what you do with it / We keep both my hands above the blanket when the lights go out."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "I Wanna Go" is one of the cleaner songs in Britney Spears' catalog. It doesn't have any profanity or hardcore sexual descriptions; there's just one indirect reference to a sexual situation ("We keep my hands above the sheets when the lights go out"). Though the track alludes to partying, it's still a fairly innocuous choice overall -- especially as far as Spears' songs go.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygkdavis August 20, 2011

Good Song

I like the song and i think Brittney is making a great comeback.
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2020

Lightweight party tune

This song is cheerful and empowering, while fluffy. It's a bit mature--best for tweens.
Kid, 12 years old September 29, 2012

I Like This Song, But I Can't Get What It's About...

This is a really tame song for Britney Spears, and hardly anything sexual in it, but I really can't get what it's about. Yes, she does mention getting... Continue reading

What's the story?

"I WANNA GO" is a single from the album Femme Fatale by dance-pop queen Britney Spears. Like several other tracks on the album, this song tones the eyebrow-raising lyrics way down, omitting the super-provocative sexual references that have marked many of Spears' previous hits. Though Brit packs a punch to the paparazzi ("Shame on me to need release") and talks about wanting to take out her "freak," that's as far as it goes, making this song an age-appropriate choice for younger fans of the pop star.

Is it any good?

The Auto-Tune abounds in this track, though it's only a weak mask for Spears' so-so vocals. But at this stage in her career, Brit is so iconic that her fans continue to clamor for anything that bears her musical stamp. The synth-beat behind the song is catchy enough, with a cute whistle that makes the song a bit less run-of-the-mill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the meaning behind the lyrics "Shame on me to need release ... I wanna go all the way, taking out my freak tonight." Spears has been known to complain about the media's intense scrutiny; what message is she sending them in this song?

  • How can you cope with situations in which you feel the weight of others' expectations and you just want to cut loose?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: July 1, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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