"Just Dance" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Smash dance track about alcohol-fueled clubbing.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
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Sex

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

Language
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Consumerism
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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."

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 15, 2012
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11
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good song.

Fine for tweens and older.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 2, 2012
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11
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just dance cd single

track too mature for young teensFamilies 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?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byDoctor Who Lover May 2, 2012
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11
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Don't exaggerate people!

Ok, so the point of the song may be about drinking and getting drunk then dancing, but seriously, it's just for entertainment! And plus, at the beginning of the song, she doesn't say red wine, she says red ONE. There is a difference. Sure, there may be quite a bit of inappropriate things, but just be wary, know your child.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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