"Need You Now" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Too much whiskey fuels this mature country tune.

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

Positive Messages

This track has an undeniably negative message: drinking to the point of losing control and doing something (reconnecting with an old flame) you wouldn't otherwise do sober. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the negative message in their latest single, the members of Lady Antebellum haven't exhibited questionable behavior in their personal lives.


The song describes drinking too much and then asking a former flame to come for a visit in the middle of the

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions "shots of whiskey" and being "a little drunk."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while NEED YOU NOW doesn't incorporate questionable language, it describes a mature situation in which a person drinks whiskey to excess, starts to feel lonely, and then asks a former flame to come for a visit in the middle of the night.

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Kid, 11 years old December 1, 2010


Anyone could listen to their music! They are wonderful singers.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 February 13, 2021

What's the story?

NEED YOU NOW is the follow-up single to the debut, self-titled album from the two-man, one-woman country trio Lady Antebellum. With vocal duties split between members Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, the track is sung from the perspective of someone who consumes too much whiskey one night and decides to call an old love out of loneliness. The song steers clear of swearing, but the actions in this story are hardly ones that parents would want their kids to emulate: "It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now / Said I wouldn't call, but I've lost all control and I need you now."

Is it any good?

An easy beat, velvety slide guitar, and pretty harmonies thread throughout this catchy country single. Though Scott and Kelley aren't the strongest singers when each is on her/his own, the juxtaposition of their vocals works well here, creating a more interesting sound than if the song was sung solely by one or the other. The end result is a toe-tapping if not super special tune that's ideal for easy radio listening (but not necessarily for kids!)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song's theme. What types of dangerous behaviors can result from drinking too much alcohol?

  • What are the potential repercussions of reconnecting with an old boyfriend or girlfriend who isn't right for you? 

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Antebellum
  • Release date: November 20, 2009
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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