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"Lights" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Lights" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Pulsing electro-pop from U.K. is upbeat and clean.
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age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No clear message but conjures images of fighting your fears.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Goulding is creating her own sound to compete with other contemporary female pop artists, but without an overly sexy image and iffy content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Lights" is an upbeat, electro-pop single from young U.K. star Ellie Goulding, who is quickly making a name for herself in the U.S. The twenty-something sounds like a softer version of Adele, and the track is refreshingly free of iffy content.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWhatTheDeuce August 19, 2012

Best song ever people

This is a truly amazing song. I love it so much, I never get tired of it. It's amazing and not shallow like Ke$ha's "music". It has a deep m... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014

Ellie Goulding - Lights

Great album, most tracks are good but one track "Under the Sheets" is about the ups and down of sexual relationships which wouldn't be suitable f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Twenty-something U.K. singer Ellie Goulding brings her successful electro-folk-pop trademark to the U.S. with her single \"LIGHTS.\" The pulsing, upbeat track is from the album, Lights.

Is it any good?

Although her musical roots are in folk music, Goulding's light, electro-pop sound is catchy and fun, especially with her sugary, solid vocals that are a softer version of her fellow countrywoman, Adele. "Lights" is a great introduction to a fresh sound coming from across the pond and a nice alternative to the synth-heavy hip-hop and club beats that saturate radio play today.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that so many female artists and celebrities feel the need to be sexy or portray a rebellious image in order to be successful in the music or movie industry. Who are some singers or actresses who don't fall under that trap?

  • Do you think young girls are getting enough positive celebrity role models?

  • Do you think Ellie Goulding has what it takes to be successful outside of the U.K.? What makes her special or different?

Music details

For kids who love powerful female vocalists

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