"OMG" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Sexy song isn't graphic, but it's too steamy for tweens.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Being physically appealing is seen as a reason to fall in love: "Fell in love with honey like my, oh my, honey looking wonderful; fly, so fly, honey like a supermodel; my, oh my."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song seems to confuse sexual attraction with real love: "I fell in love with shawty when I seen her on the dance floor, she was dancing sexy, pop, pop, popping, dropping, dropping low."

Violence
Sex

"Baby let me love you downnn, there’s so many ways to love ya...Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow, honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song isn't completely inappropriate, but it's just risque enough to make it too hot for younger listeners. The sexuality isn't too explicit, aside from some ogling of an attractive woman. Pay attention to the music video, which sports some steamy dance moves from Usher's backup dancers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 3, 2014
OMG, Common Sense Media.
Adult Written bysongscreener March 1, 2011

good song with iffy message

Not enough sex to be evident just a iffy message throughout
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 29, 2011

love it

ive been listening to this alblum since i was only 11 and i still love it!
Teen, 13 years old Written byMOVIE13 August 26, 2010

AWSOME SONG

THIS SONG ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! TEENS LOVE IT!

What's the story?

OMG (and that stands for "oh my gosh" here, by the way) is the third single off of Usher's chart-topping album Raymond v. Raymond, and is one of the best performing singles of his career. Listen for a guest appearance by will.i.am. of The Black Eyed Peas. The song itself doesn't really tackle any new material, sticking mainly with singing the praises of a hot chick and the lusty feelings she inspires.

Is it any good?

Here's a track that will please the club dancers and die-hard Usher fans, but isn't likely to become a classic. It's a nod to the old Usher, whose pulsing beats and sexy lyrics defined a hip-hop/R&B niche. But the material here feels recycled, as bits of the Black Eyed Peas' sound infiltrate the dance track and Usher's limp "oh my gosh, I'm so in love" sounds uninspired and anything but sexy. All the parts of the formula are in place here, but the predictability definitely kills the mood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about body image and the media. Do songs like this make you feel like only those with supermodel looks are worthy of love and attention? Do you think this is a realistic message? Can a relationship exist on just physical attraction, or does there need to be something more?

  • Talk about celebrity scandal. Usher has been making news for his marriage breaking up. Do you think he should use these experiences for his music, or should he keep his personal problems private?

  • How has texting changed the way we talk and interact? Can you think of any abbreviations or slang that didn't exist before texting came into vogue? Do you think you text too much? How do you communicate differently when you text versus when you're with someone face-to-face?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: April 1, 2010
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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