"Just Dance" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Smash dance track about alcohol-fueled clubbing.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 54 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some subtle lyrical references (and overtly suggestive video scenes): "I'm a hit it and flex and do it 'til tomorrow."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The whole premise of this song is drinking to excess: "I've had a little bit too much / I can't see straight anymore / What's the name of this club? / I can't remember but it's alright."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although she doesn't advocate total debauchery, Lady Gaga glamorizes drinking and sex in both her image and song lyrics.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBillyTheKidd September 1, 2010


Amazing song. Talented writer. Whats going to happen if your kids hear the phrase "i've had a little bit too much"?
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 22, 2010
boring after a while
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2020

Empowering and danceable

Empowering anthem about weathering tough situations. Great for tweens and up.
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 15, 2012

good song.

Fine for tweens and older.

What's the story?

After penning tunes for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, and other megastars, New York native Joanne Germanotta -- a.k.a. Lady Gaga -- ventured out on her own with her aptly named dance-pop single, JUST DANCE. Great move for Gaga: the song was nominated for a Grammy. A popular club tune, the song tells the story of someone who's had too much of something and has lost her bearings (\"Where are my keys?I lost my phone\"), and just wants to dance it off.

Is it any good?

Just Dance is one of those songs that grows on you with repeat play. Chalk that up to its addictive beats and Gaga's strong vocals. Several remixes of the song featuring pop greats like RedOne, Robots to Mars, and others have their own appeal as well. It's a good dance song that spins mostly in the clubs, where underage kids can't hear its lyrics about drinking to excess. But if your kids want to listen to this one, it's important to talk about enjoying the song for its beats --- not its message. Coupled with Gaga's penchant for barely-there costumes, the lyrics make the track too mature for young teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some people feel the need to drink alcohol to have fun or feel accepted. Why do some kids gravitate toward alcohol in social situations? What's the best way to respond when offered alcohol by a peer?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: November 25, 2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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