"On the Floor" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Catchy club beat focuses mostly on dancing, not partying.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This song is about getting down on the dance floor and "dancing the night away." Because it's about the club scene, drinking is mentioned, but it's not the focus of the song.

Positive role models

Lopez has mentioned that she doesn't drink or smoke, so it's certainly refreshing to have that kind of role model in a pop musician.

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The video premiered on American Idol, the show Lopez judges.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The song is all about clubbing and dancing and does mention drinking here and there. Also, Pitbull says "All I need is some vodka and ... Coke."


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is all about one of the many things that Jennifer Lopez does so well -- dancing. There are a few mentions of drinking, but it's not the focus of this catchy club beat from the American Idol judge. The song is free of sex, violence, and profanity and is fine for older kids.

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What's the story?

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has released her first single since the 2009 misfires of "Louboutins" and "Fresh Out the Oven." Under a new label, "ON THE FLOOR," featuring rapper Pitbull, is a catchy pop tune that's all about letting loose on the dance floor, from London to L.A. The video premiered on AI, and the single is the first top 10 hit for Lopez in eight years.

Is it any good?


Jennifer Lopez is making a comeback with "On the Floor," a song that showcases her best efforts despite her mediocre musical talents. Lopez may not be the best vocalist, but with Pitbull's help, the single is upbeat and catchy and certainly an infectious hit, yes, on the dance floor. The bass-heavy, synth-filled mix celebrates dancing and the club scene, with unexpected hints of '80s or ABBA-style when Lopez sings "la la la la la la."

Families can talk about...

  • Lopez is often referred to as a "triple threat"; she's an actress, singer, and dancer and has had great success in each. Do you think the fact that she's already a celebrity makes people more likely to buy her music?

  • Lopez joined enduring reality competition American Idol in winter 2011, shortly before this song came out. Do you think that's why she chose to release new music? If you watch Lopez on AI, will you buy her music?

Music details

Artist:Jennifer Lopez
Release date:February 22, 2011
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015

Fun song with Catchy beat with no sex or cursing but one mention of an alcoholic drink

What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old October 29, 2014

Its like my favourite sing!

The only thing bad about this song is that there are some inappropriate stuff. But it should be fine with 11+
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old May 1, 2014

Good if only the word s--t wasn't in it

The song has a great beat and tune. When JLO says "we're running sh-t tonight on the floor". That makes it iffy for kids under 11
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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