"Locked out of Heaven" (CD Single)

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Steamy song about sex is too mature for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

The song does not endorse any positive actions for kids.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

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

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  • 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

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Written byAnonymous December 11, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

Rated NC-17 or Banned from Radio Stations. In Kidz Bop 23 Sex is Changed to Love.

Bruno Mars says the word sex 4 times in this song. This song should be like movies in the Rating and I'm saying NC-17 for this song. When there is a stop to saying the word. Sex, Sex, Sex. 3 Times I used it. But I gotta say this song is not for kids. WARNING!: The same song is in Kidz Bop 23. Only Change is that they changed it to Love. ...and it's on track 7 too.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2014
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2
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Review

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 makes you feel disturbed and disgusting SHOULD change the leyrics. I hate this song, Bruno mars has gone way tooo far.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2014
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8
QUALITY
 

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), but he actually says the word "sex" instead of being descriptive, which would be worse. so if a little kid listens to it and doesn't know what he's talking about, then they'll just ignore it. other than that, great song! another one of my favorites!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byNASCAR101 July 22, 2013
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5
QUALITY
 

awesome song

this song is sick
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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