"Locked out of Heaven" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Steamy song about sex is too mature for tweens.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some mature, if not necessarily positive or negative, messages about sex.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song does not endorse any positive actions for kids.


The refrain for this song is "your sex takes me to paradise," with some other sexual allusions like, "open up your gates, I can't wait to see the light."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that while "Locked Out of Heaven" doesn't contain profanity, substance use, or violence, it does feature some pretty steamy lyrics about sex. Though these lyrics aren't the most graphic around, they're still mature enough to put the song beyond the reach of tweens.

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Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2014


Ewww! who likes this song sooo inappropriate to hear it makes me wanna kill myself it should be considered as a rape song because it says sex over an over and m... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2014

not THAT inappropriate

my gym teacher played this song for us in class one day while we were playing volleyball in 2nd grade. there's only one line about sex (in the chorus), bu... Continue reading

What's the story?

Smooth crooner Bruno Mars is back with "LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN," the first track from Unorthodox Jukebox -- the follow-up album to his smash debut CD, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Though two years passed between records, Mars was by no means resting on his laurels, contributing a song ("It Will Rain") to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack, singing on the tune "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil, and more.

Is it any good?

This slick, up-tempo track has a rat-a-tat sound, with a quick chorus of successive "yeah-yeah-yeah-yeahs" that gives it a fun feel. Though Mars' killer pipes aren't highlighted as strongly as his previous singles, the infectious quality of this song will still earn it plenty of airplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the wide range of songs by Bruno Mars, with some super-clean tracks like "Just the Way You Are" compared to other more sexually-charged tunes like this one.

  • Why might Mars' songs be so different in terms of their maturity levels? Do you think sexy or explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?


  • Do you think explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?


  • Is Mars a positive role model? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Release date: October 1, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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