Need You Now

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Aside from mature title track, country CD is pretty clean.

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Kids say

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Based on 18 reviews

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Positive Messages

Though the casual romantic liaison described in "Need You Now" is questionable, the rest of this record includes mostly positive messages -- encouraging people to live in the moment and embrace the good things in life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The three members of Lady Antebellum lead wholesome, drama-free public lives.


The single "Need You Now" doesn't go into explicit detail, but it makes an unmistakable reference to a late-night hookup.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The title track talks about being a "little drunk," and "Stars Tonight" describes buying "another round."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the worst lyrics in the album are offered in the title track, which describes a person who drinks too much one evening and then asks a former flame to come over in the middle of the night. Despite this mature reference to an alcohol-fueled sexual encounter, the song -- and the rest of the record -- doesn't include graphic language, detailed sexual descriptions, or talk of substance use beyond drinking in two songs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWander Blue March 10, 2011

Calmo, Tranquilo e Despreocupado

''Need You Now'' reflete temas comuns no dia a dia dos apaixonados, tudo começa em ''Need You Now'' que é desesperada, m... Continue reading
Adult Written bysongscreener March 2, 2011

clean song that only tone deaf peeps should listen to

The grammys were stacked... i cant believe this piece of poop (for politeness) won song of the year but for people who can handle horrid songs it is ok for10 an... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 February 13, 2021

I love this song!

I think I recognize or remembered this song! This is really upbeat! I even marked drugs because of “getting drunk” but the lyrics are fierce and it may seem lik... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat July 29, 2020

What's the story?

NEED YOU NOW is the sophomore album from Lady Antebellum, the sizzling-hot country trio that's blazed up the country charts with the record's first single by the same name. In that song, the group of two guys and one girl sing about getting "a little drunk" one night, losing control, and calling an old love over in the middle of the night. This is the most mature tune on the CD; otherwise, the remaining 10 tracks are largely innocuous, including one other light reference to drinking ("let's buy another round") and no swearing.

Is it any good?

While it's no great feat of musical creativity, Need You Now is undeniably appealing. Lead vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott sing several very pretty melodies, often accompanied by the trio's third member, Dave Haywood, on piano. The keys lend a modern, pop-like tone to the music, while the addition of more traditional country instruments like slide guitar and fiddle give these songs a distinctly country feel. The end result is super radio-friendly tunes like the title track that are sure to get tons of airplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what might lead a person to drink too much and then try to hook-up with an old boyfriend or girlfriend. What are some of the consequences that could come of this?

  • Talk about the many positive messages here. How can kids take the band's advice and live life to the fullest? What are five things you can do to focus on the here and now, rather than worry about the past or the future?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Antebellum
  • Release date: January 26, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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