"Just Give Me a Reason" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pink, singer from band fun. team up in sweet love tune.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

An optimistic view on love, with a person who's willing to try to work through a difficult period in a relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong role models don't give up when the going gets tough.


Light references to sleeping together: "You used to lie so close to me ... There's nothing more than empty sheets between our love."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Just Give Me a Reason" is an overall clean love song, with very little in the way of questionable lyrics. Aside from one quick reference to drinking and a very muted chorus line about sleeping in the same bed, the track is free of explicit content, making it a good choice for tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 23, 2013

Clean song is okay for older kids

A great clean song with a message about love. The song is VERY good and many people will love this song. It's okay for older kids (7) and up, but there are... Continue reading
Parent Written by13131313131313131313 May 1, 2013

Appropriate for real teens

The song and the choreography are nice as well done. Nevertheless, I feel is not appropriate for "10 year old kids - teens," instead, it is best suit... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2020

Realistic breakup bop

This song is the whole package. It has a powerhouse vocalist, a realistic message, and well-crafted lyrics. Every teen understands being uncertain about an ex,... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 April 8, 2014

Amazing P!nk song

This is probably my favorite P!nk song. The music and vocals are beautiful and strong, and it really captures the emotion of the dramatic love story. There... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two of the biggest names on the contemporary pop scene -- Pink and Nate Ruess, lead singer of the band fun. -- team up in "GIVE ME A REASON," the third single from The Truth About Love, Pink's sixth full-length record. Ruess started out co-writing the track with Pink but eventually signed on to sing with her as well. The optimistic song is about working through a difficult period in a relationship.

Is it any good?

It's hard to go wrong when you combine two exceptionally strong vocalists like Pink and Ruess. Their partnership is made all the more interesting by the mix in tones, with Pink's deeper vocals lending a catchy contrast between Ruess's higher pitch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the musical pairing of Pink and Nate Ruess. What does each artist get out of the collaboration?

  • Ruess has a higher pitch than some male vocalists, while Pink's tone is somewhat deeper than her female peers'. Do the two sounds mesh well together? Why or why not?

  • Pink has now been around for a while; Nate Ruess gained fame with his band fun. more recently. What tips can Ruess take from a more seasoned musical veteran like Pink, and vice versa?

Music details

  • Artist: Pink
  • Release date: March 5, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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