"Nuclear" (CD Single)

Music review by
E.E. Bradman, Common Sense Media
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Supergroup’s "comeback" track has '90s sound; one iffy word.

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Positive Messages

Togetherness and a can-do attitude really can achieve great things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It’s cool to hear superstars advocate commitment and partnership through thick and thin.


Surprising use of "s--t" in the first verse seems as if it could've been easily avoided, and the chorus’s "goin' all the way" could be taken several ways.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lyrics of "Nuclear" glorify the singer's "us against the world" bond with her partner -- they're not just unstoppable, they're "nuclear" together. There's a hint of doubt, however, as she asks, "Why run? Why would you run?" There's also a four-letter word in the first verse ("s--t"), and the chorus contains the phrase "going all the way."

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Teen, 14 years old Written byEmily999162 February 24, 2013

Bad Role Models with Bad Language!

When I heard this music, I was mad because this website says it's okay for 13 year olds when it's not. Kids and teenagers in this world today, when th... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2013


This has to be one of the most boring songs I have ever heard. Nothing really exciting, and it's VERY slow. I probably couldn't listen to this for mor... Continue reading

What's the story?

Despite disbanding twice, once in 2002 and again in 2006, Destiny's Child (Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams) has sold more than 50 million albums since 1998. "NUCLEAR," their first single since 2005, is the only new song on a compilation, Love Songs.

Is it any good?

"Bootylicious" this isn't. Fans could be forgiven for thinking "Nuclear" is a sleeper from the vaults: The Pharrell Williams-produced breakbeat groove and faux strings are straight from the '90s, and the song's lack of a strong bass line or any exciting change makes it sound unfinished. The lyrics are vague, and there's nothing groundbreaking here. Although Williams gets a verse, Beyonce dominates most of the track, and the production is stripped down and spare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about individuality in relationship. What are some ways to balance and retain your individuality when you're in a relationship? What are the advantages of facing the ups and downs of life alongside a partner?

  • Destiny’s Child has broken up twice, but they remain friends. What are some ways to keep friendships intact despite changes?

  • Why do you think Beyonce is the most successful and famous member of Destiny's Child?

Music details

  • Artist: Destiny's Child
  • Release date: January 29, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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