"Let's Go" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Throbbing club beat about taking action has sexy video.

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Positive Messages

The lyrics and pulsing dance beat send a message of urgent action, likely without considering consequence: "Let's go, make no excuses now, your time is running out, I'm talking here and now."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Slightly suggestive lyrics about impulse without regard for rules or consequence: "It's not about what you've done, it's about what you're doing; It's all about where you're going, no matter where you've been."


Lyrics make you wonder where listeners will go and what they will do when they get there; video shows flirting, sexy dancing, and some bare skin.


None referenced in the song, but "Let's Go" is the soundtrack for a popular Pepsi commercial featuring FIFA football stars; Pepsi products are placed throughout the song's video.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Let’s Go" is a thumpy club track that's OK for older tweens and teens, but is slightly suggestive. It's about letting go and diving in headfirst. There's no direct sexual or drug-related language, but the invitation is clear: Let's go ... (fill in the blank). Perhaps go somewhere to do something without considering rules or consequence: "Let's go, let's make it happen, let's make it happen tonight."

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Kid, 11 years old August 14, 2012


i liked this song, but got very annoyed of it after a while. now, i dislike this song.
Kid, 12 years old August 1, 2012

What's the story?

Scottish DJ/singer/producer Calvin Harris (creator of Rihanna's hit "We Found Love") collaborates with American R&B singer/producer Ne-Yo on this dance hit. LET'S GO is the third single from Calvin’s third album. The accompanying video shows young couples from Rio de Janeiro, L.A., and Tokyo on the go with ample flirting, sexy dancing, and some bare skin (especially toward the end of the video). The song is also the soundtrack for Pepsi's "Kick in the Mix" TV commercial featuring FIFA football stars.

Is it any good?

Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo blend throbbing dance grooves with repetitive, slightly provocative lyrics. There's nothing original about "Let’s Go," including the instrumental breaks that unleash an onslaught of robotic drum loops. Still, the track can be an inspiration to get up, get going, and snap out of the humdrum of everyday life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about impulse. What does it mean to act impulsively, and what are the consequences of doing so? How does it feel to be impulsive or spontaneous? 

  • Can we act impulsively and still act responsibly? Can being impulsive or spontaneous inspire us, unleash creative energy, or let us blow off some steam? If so, how?

  • Why do you think this song was chosen to be featured in a Pepsi commercial? Do you like to hear popular music in ads, or do you think it means the artist sold out? What does an artist gain by being associated with a brand? What does the brand gain through its association with a popular musician?

Music details

  • Artists: Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo
  • Release date: July 3, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Ultra
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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