Music of the Sun

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Music of the Sun Music Poster Image
Young sensation's songs are sensational.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A mildly empowering message for girls.


One song about falling for a "thug" -- but no violent lyrics.


Some mild sexual innuendo.


Nothing offensive.


Noting obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that young singing sensation Rihanna offers appealing songs with a gentle girl-power message. Some of the lyrics are a tiny bit suggestive but tame compared to most pop music.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Adult Written bytappu April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byLittleMinajWarrior December 19, 2011


This album is horrible. It's stupid and foreign. This was before Rihanna changed. I hate to be the first bad review, but it sucks. Yes, it's appropria... Continue reading

What's the story?

Rihanna's summer club hit, \"Pon de Replay,\" is the first track on MUSIC OF THE SUN. The young singer follows up with 11 nicely produced tunes, ending with a remix of \"Pon de Replay,\" so the CD begins and ends on an irresistibly danceable high note. In between there's an assortment of love ballads, including \"The Last Time\" (\"It's the last time I'm ever gonna cry these tears/I'm never gonna hear your lies/so listen while I make it clear...there's only time to say goodbye\"). Perky uptempo songs bring a Caribbean flavor and a gently empowering message for girls. \"There's a Thug in My Life,\" explores the attraction of bad boys for nice girls (\"Mama don't worry/I'm not in a hurry/I won't disappoint you/I won't make you sorry...There's a thug in my life/how'ma gonna tell my mama\").

Is it any good?

The music is infectious, the lyrics are clever, the performances and production sparkle. Barbados-born Rihanna, still a teenager herself, delivers music as warm and bright as a Caribbean sunrise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which the artist's West Indies upbringing flavors the sound of her music, both rhythmically and lyrically. They can also talk about how music doesn't have to be sensationalistic to be sensational.

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: August 30, 2005
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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

See how we rate

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

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate