"Monster" (CD Single) Music Poster Image

"Monster" (CD Single)



Clean alt-rock tune about recovering from a breakup.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A forward-thinking view of the future after surviving a bad breakup.

Positive role models

Encourages listeners to get back up after they've been knocked down.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Monster" is an overall positive tune about someone who's survived a hurtful relationship and vows to regain her hopeful outlook on life. The song lacks profanity and graphic references to substance use, sex, or violence -- making it a good choice for younger rock fans.

What's the story?

The single "MONSTER" is the contribution from alt-rock band Paramore to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie soundtrack. It's a clean tune told from the positive point of view of someone emerging from the depths of a bad breakup. Lacking profanity or graphic references to mature topics like drinking and sex, these lyrics revolve around getting back on your feet when you've been knocked down: "You were my conscience, so solid, now you're like water ... I let my heart go, it's somewhere down at the bottom / But I'll get a new one and come back for the hope that you've stolen." Overall, the track is a fine pick for younger kids who like to rock.

Is it any good?


Despite the departure of two of its founding members, Paramore continues to hit the mark with this single. Lead singer Hayley Williams gives another solid performance, and the track's basic yet catchy guitar hook packs an appealing punch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to dig yourself out of the emotional rut that often follows a hard breakup. Name five fun things that you always enjoy doing, no matter what kind of mood you're in.

  • Why are so many pop/rock songs about breakups? What is the appeal?

Music details

Release date:June 7, 2011
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of "Monster" (CD Single) was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 14 years old Written byMizBizSav April 19, 2012

Not A Break-Up Song

Paramore are known for creating extremely catchy tunes that anyone can enjoy, and they deliver the same here. Just like most Paramore songs, this one contains no profanity, violence, sex references, etc. Parents and teenagers can rock out to this song while not worrying about kids nearby-- it's clean! P.S. I would just like to note that this is NOT a break-up song. Some people may take it that way, but the band actually wrote it over the loss of two band members. This song showcases their will to go on and continue to do what they love despite a lot of controversy. Not. A. Breakup. Song. Paramore don't write a lot of those... :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

Cool Song From Transformers

I must really like Paramore :). Hehe, this song is pretty good, but it's mainly because of the music and singing. I don't think it's inappropriate, either, so it's fine for kids.
Teen, 17 years old Written byLovelyPixxie January 30, 2012

Good song, Okay for kids.

Very good song. I see no problem with kids listening to this, but parents may want to listen to it first. Some parts do seem sad, but there is no swearing, drugs, sex, or violence. It's about standing up for what you believe in, and helping the world.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide