"Just a Dream" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Honest, clean look back at a failed relationship.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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

Positive Messages

This song includes a positive message about someone who's mishandled a relationship and tries to learn a lesson from it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Unlike a lot of his peers, Nelly has largely avoided the media glare, keeping his personal life relatively clean.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is a clean song about a failed relationship and the broken-hearted aftermath. It includes no aggression or hostility toward the person who's done the breaking up -- just a somewhat sad yet thoughtful look back at what might have gone wrong and how to do better the next time. The song presents tweens and teens with a more mature way of handling a breakup than angry, vindictive behavior.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 26, 2012

Good song.

I like this song.It's really catchy!
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byin the woods February 5, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat September 30, 2020

Never heard it but,

My mom likes Nelly. I lik Nelly because he is a really good dancer on Dancing with the Stars. I used to not like Dancing with the Stars but, now I do. Whenever... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

Two years after the release of his last album, Brass Knuckles, rapper Nelly is back with "JUST A DREAM" -- a single about looking back at what went wrong in a romantic relationship that ended. In a refreshing departure from the typical breakup song, Nelly avoids expressions of anger or resentment toward the girl who broke his heart; rather, he tries to think of the experience as a constructive lesson on what not to do next time: "So I travel back down that road...oh I miss her, when will I learn?" The tune is a good choice even for older tweens, especially since it includes no swearing or explicit descriptions of mature situations.

Is it any good?

Known for putting a pop twist on rap/hip-hop beats, Nelly breaks out this signature musical style once again in "Just a Dream." Though the formulaic approach doesn't put Nelly in any new creative leagues, it does result in a satisfyingly familiar song that his fans will appreciate. These same fans will also be thrilled to find that Nelly's classic, sing-songy rhyming style also surfaces in the single, making the song instantly recognizable as one of his.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how, when it comes to relationships, there are two sides to almost every story. What are some things that couples can do to keep the lines of communication open between them?

  • Even when someone breaks your heart, how can you learn a positive lesson from the experience?

Music details

  • Artist: Nelly
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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