"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
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Party tune is all about casual sex, drinking to excess.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 51 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song includes a litany of negative behavior, from casual sex to excessive drinking to breaking the law.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages drinking to excess and promiscuous behavior.

Violence

No outright violence, but mentions "I think we broke the law."

Sex

Describes having casual sexual encounters with strangers: "There's a stranger in my bed ... Think we kissed but I forgot ... We went streaking in the park, skinny dipping in the dark, then had a menage a trois."

Language
Consumerism

Talk of "maxing out credit cards."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talks about drinking to the point of blacking out -- and repeating that behavior every Friday night: "There's a pounding in my head ... It's a black-top blur ... Always say we're gonna stop ... This Friday night, do it all again."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" describes just about everything a parent wouldn't want a teen to do: drinking to the point of blacking out, having risky sexual encounters with strangers, maxing out credit cards, and breaking the law. No consequences are described, making the negative behavior seem fun. Although there's no profanity, the iffy actions described in the song make the single too mature for kids and tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Parent Written byChloDad April 22, 2012

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)

there is bad language, some sex and drinking drugs and achool.
Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2020

Friendship anthem is loaded with iffy content

This song is about taking risks with loyal friends by your side. It would be great, if the risks weren't so darn risky. There's talk of drinking, part... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 12, 2020

TONE IT THE HECK DOWN...

It's not THAT bad. The most iffy lyrics are "skinny dipping in the dark", "this a hickey or a bruise?", and "had menage a trois... Continue reading

What's the story?

Racy pop star Katy Perry raises eyebrows once again with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," a single from her album Teenage Dream that reads like a laundry list of negative behavior: sex with strangers, drinking every weekend to the point of blacking out, getting arrested, and even maxing out credit cards. While it doesn't use profanity or describe hardcore substance use, this song still describes scenarios in which no parent wants to imagine a child.

Is it any good?

Though her risque lyrics are undoubtedly a draw, part of Perry's appeal is her extremely catchy pop hooks -- including this one, penned in part by uber-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin (who were also behind massive hits by Ke$ha, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and others). You can't help but sing along with Perry to this party anthem, despite its questionable content. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of the behavior described in the song. What could happen if you drank to the point of blacking out?

  • What are the consequences of hooking up with a stranger? What happens if you max out your credit card? Or break the law?

  • How could you rewrite this song in a more positive way?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: June 27, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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