Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Her Madgesty returns with a less edgy, dance-pop album.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Nothing too negative, though some mildly eyebrow-raising lyrics like "I'm a sinner, and I like it that way."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some parents might find Madonna to be a great role model because she's an independent woman who does what she wants; others may find her lyrics and envelope-pushing image too iffy for their kids.


No graphic sexual references, though some sexy lines like "some girls want to be on top."


A couple of swear words ("s--t"). 


Some famous people and products, like Michael Jordan, Bugatti, and Prada. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions drinking alcohol and alludes to love being like a drug. The title, MDNA, appears to be an allusion to MDMA, the drug commonly called ecstasy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as far as Madonna albums go, MDNA is comparatively mild, with few of the mature sexual and religious references that made her early albums so provocative. That said, the record does have its adult moments, with a few sexy and religious lyrics, along with a couple swear words ("s--t") and mentions of drinking. Also, the title, MDNA, appears to be an allusion to the drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Parents should also note that the deluxe version of the album gets a bit more mature, with some songs including violence and more graphic language.   

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 29, 2014


Long live Queen Madonna.
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 22, 2013

Sex: 2/10 ~ Violence: 1/10 ~ Language 7/10 ~ Drinking: 0/10

Mostly clean songs but about four are dirty. There is very little sexual content and mostly is appropriate for tweens, but the four dirty songs are not. The son... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMonksy204 December 12, 2012

Great Album

This album does it all! In regards to the title refrencing MDMA, it doesn't Madonna is very anti drug, and MDNA comes from MaDoNnA which the bolded letters... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byandasif April 28, 2012

Its okay

I have listened to it once and it is okay. Im not a big madonna fan to begin with but Nicki Minaj is in it so it makes it cool but I think i will stick with the... Continue reading

What's the story?

MDNA is the 12th record in the 30-year career of Madonna, the legendary pop queen who's often referred to as "Her Madgesty." The album includes 11 songs that revolve around familiar themes for Madonna, including love, sex, religion, and partying. Rap princess Nicki Minaj guest stars on two songs, and the deluxe version of the album contains an additional six tracks.

Is it any good?

At this stage in her career, Madonna has reached such legendary status that her many die-hard fans will love anything she does. These fans will undoubtedly embrace the dance-focused tunes on this album -- even though they reveal what has always been Madonna's weak spot: simply so-so vocals.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Madonna's career has evolved since her start and how she now compares with the new generation of pop divas. 

  • What's better and worse about MDNA compared with Madonna's early albums? 

  • How has Madonna influenced contemporary pop stars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry

Music details

  • Artist: Madonna
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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