Keeps Gettin' Better

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Xtina brings all her hottest hits together.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Aguilera promotes iffy behavior on a few tracks. For instance, in "Keeps Gettin' Better," the singer brags about being a bitch, while "Dirrty" is about being "naughty," and "Candyman" describes an attractive guy with the line "makes my panties drop ... makes my cherry pop." These songs are tempered by more positive songs like "Beautiful": "You are beautiful no matter what they say / Words can't bring you down, you are beautiful in every single way."


"Genie in a Bottle" is a sensual song that includes the line "You gotta rub me the right way." "Come on Over" is also subtly sexy, with lines like "All I want is you, baby, now don't be shy / You better cross the line, I'm gonna love you all night / 'Cause all I want is you ... I can't help myself when you put your hands on me." The sexiest song on the album is probably "Dirrty," with lyrics like "sweatin' 'til my clothes come off" and "Body's hot, front to back / Now move your ass (ha), I like that / Tight hip huggers (low for ho)."


The chorus of "Keeps Gettin' Better" repeats the line, "Sometimes I'm a super bitch." Besides this song, though, there are only a few questionable words, such as "ass" in "Dirrty."


The album is being sold exclusively at Target for the first several months of its release.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Candyman" includes the lyric "sippin' from a bottle of vodka double wine."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this greatest hits album is a mixed bag, content-wise. There are some super-sexy songs, like "Dirrty" and "Candyman," but there are also positive ones like "Beautiful" and "Fighter." Many of the tracks have been played on pop radio for years, so they'll probably be familiar to kids. The sexuality that's present is a tamer variety than you'll find on many hip-hop or rap albums, and Aguilera is flirtatious and playful at most, never misogynistic or tawdry.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byvklash October 29, 2009

Iffy For 14-16 Year Olds

I think the sexual messages are in some concern and some language too. The BBFC would rate the sexual content as mild and language as infrequent moderate.
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byJulie P November 11, 2008

Xtina is amazing

Britney has more fame---but Christina has more talent. Beautiful still gives me chills and the video is powerful. Wish I saw and heard something like that gro... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMarioMii November 3, 2010

Not appropriate for kids 12 and under

This album can have bad language. Kids might get used to that language so please, if you have a child that's young enough to go in the Wkids center at Weg... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byirene_lol November 15, 2008

What's the story?

KEEPS GETTIN' BETTER combines 10 years of Christina Aguilera's top hits in one album. The pop veteran's first "best of" LP also introduces four new tracks and a new electronica sound. The new singles consist of remakes of two of Aguilera's classics, "Beautiful" and "Genie in a Bottle," as well as new songs "Dynamite" and the album's title track.

Is it any good?

Aguilera has always been the sexier, more outlandish diva on the pop scene, whether she was being compared to Britney Spears 10 years ago or Miley Cyrus today. But despite her often raunchy appearance and over singing, one thing has kept Aguilera relevant through the years: her powerhouse voice. On this album, fans will get to enjoy all of her fun, danceable tracks that have topped the charts over the years. Most of the songs have stood the test of time.

But what about the new tracks? Fans will be surprised by Aguilera's toned-down vocals and futuristic electronic feel on tracks like the updated "Genie in a Bottle" (titled "Genie 2.0"). The prize for most distinctive sound on the album has to go to the rerecorded "Beautiful," now titled "You Are What You Are." It's a hypnotic retro interpretation that cuts through some of the song's old sentimentality.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Aguilera compares to younger pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Do you think today's female pop stars are more toned down in their sexuality than singers from a decade ago? If so, why? Is there room for singers like Aguilera and Britney Spears in today's pop music environment? Also, why do you think Aguilera chose to release the album through a chain store like Target?

Music details

  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Release date: November 7, 2008
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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