"Lights" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Pulsing electro-pop from U.K. is upbeat and clean.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

No clear message but conjures images of fighting your fears.

Positive role models

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

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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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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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Ellie Goulding
Release date:May 8, 2012
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2012

My favorite song!

I love this song! I saw this on the pop countdown and have loved it ever since, and you will too! The video has many kinds of shiny lights!!!:):):)
Teen, 13 years old Written byKit-Kat Girl October 7, 2012

Awesome Song, Nothing Wrong With It

Shame on you, Common Sense Media. I don't know what the heck you think is wrong with this song. It's clean, has no sex, violence or language, and is catchy and pretty at the same time. I love Ellie Goulding, her voice is phenomenal. So how is it inappropriate for 2-5 year olds? It won't negatively influence them in any way! You arrogant reviewers act like you know everything about kids. You don't. My parents play the radio in the car on road trips, and we always get to hear all the top 40 hits, even if it's sexy! And FYI, I have a two brothers, 4 and 9 years old, and neither if them know what sex is. So if a girl hears a Lady Gaga song she'll run of with her boyfriend and get knocked up? Then she has some real issues. The most kids do when they hear songs are try to sing along! This website is as trashy and vulgar as you claim all these musicians to be. Sorry for the rant.
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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 message and is an exciting song. It goes great with Doctor Who! This song is NOT about touching herself! She says "touch my own skin and hope that I'll still be there". So seeing if you exist! Like in a life-death situation or sci-fi thing.
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