"Now or Never" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

First HSM 3 single is positive but cheesy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

All about working together as a team to get something done. Also talks about the importance of having someone believe in you.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Obvious tie-in to the HSM franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tweens will be all over this first single from High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- after all, it's associated with the phenomenon of High School Musical. Happily, the song -- which talks about working together to win a basketball game -- is tween-appropriate, with positive messages.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

This single is the first song from the upcoming, sure-to-be-a-hit movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year. It bounces from a quasi-hip-hop intro to pumping cheerleading beats to a slow jam between star sweethearts Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). It's all about teamwork and believing in yourself.

Is it any good?


Tweens will eat up this song, and not just because it's associated with HSM. It's a fun, fast-paced anthem that has the entire cast getting listeners pumped for the next installment in a series that leaves audiences clapping their hands and rooting for each and every one of the characters. It may not the best song musically or lyrically ("All comes down to right now ... What are we gonna be? T.E.A.M., team!"), but you've got to give it credit for making anyone who listens feel motivated. The only part that kids might not get into is the cheesy interlude in which Troy asks Gabriella to give him inspiration, but that doesn't mean they still won't have the lyrics memorized in no time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the hype around HSM. The third installment doesn't come out for months -- why is Disney already promoting it? Do you think you'll buy the album before even seeing the movie? Also, why do you think the series is so popular?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 16, 2008
Label:Walt Disney Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of "Now or Never" (CD single) was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


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 our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

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 byzacipooiloveyou April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Best Best Best!!

i loved this song!! it was great!! it had a great message and zac was AWESOME!! i loved his solo, and it was an overall great song!! it gets stuck in your head verrrrrrrrrry easily!! its great for family car trips or really anything that involves family time!!


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

Essential School Tools