"Jar of Hearts" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Bleak but clean song from So You Think You Can Dance.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

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Positive Messages

By talking about not giving in when a former flame wants to get back together, this tune puts out a positive message for young adults who are just beginning to experience their own romantic relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Christina Perri has just barely hit the scene, so it's hard to tell what kind of role model she'll be; that said, she's been working hard to make it in the music business while holding down her day job -- demonstrating a good work ethic. 


One mention of kissing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is a tame song, including no offensive language or mentions of sex, substance use, or violence. It does reference kissing in one line and has a somewhat bleak theme about broken relationships, but overall, the tune is an OK choice for older kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah March 29, 2013

Christina Perri's best!

Put simply, this is the best slow-paced song out there! If it wasn't for this song, I wouldn't have known that Christina Perri existed. But anyway, th... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 1, 2013

Positive Messages For Teens

It's an awesome song, and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. The mention of a kiss? Nothing! That's what happens in a relationship, and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

Could Have Been Better

It's not my favorite song, but I have to admit that Perri is a good singer. It's also perfectly fine for kids.

What's the story?

JAR OF HEARTS is the first single from newcomer Christina Perri that shot to fame after first being heard on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance? In this rock-oriented tune, Perri sings her heart out about shunning the continued advances of a former flame who didn't treat her well while they were together, yet now wants to rekindle their failed romance. Despite the track's bleak theme, the song actually has a positive message about respecting yourself and not settling for less, which Perri relays without using profanities or graphic adult content. With that in mind, parents should feel OK about buying this tune for older kids.

Is it any good?

Christina Perri may be new to the music scene, but she proves in this single that she can hang with the big girls. Her vocals are better than her slightly younger peers like Selena Gomez, and they give more established talents like Hayley Williams from Paramore a run for their money. Coupled with the track's slow, haunting arrangement, it's easy to see how the song has gained instant popularity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to stay strong in the face of failed relationships. Why do some people want to get back together with a former partner who has treated them badly?

  • What are the five most important qualities to look for in choosing someone to start a romantic relationship with?

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