"Ordinary Girl" (CD single)

 
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Clean, cute song from Hannah Montana's final season.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While a few lyrics are a little hard to swallow (for example, even though Miley's extra famous and gets paid "larger than life," she's just an "ordinary girl,") the tune has an overall positive message about seeing through money and materialism to the human being underneath.  

Positive role models

While Miley has engaged in some more grownup behavior of late (see her album Can't Be Tamed for examples), she still keeps her Hannah Montana show and music tame.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this song has a bit of a snotty attitude at times ("Miss Popular, always on the road, put my best foot foward, gotta get on with the show / Everywhere I arrive, I get high fives, they pay me larger than life, but I'm just an ordinary girl"), it's still a super-clean track that includes no worrisome adult content whatsoever. Miley's latest projects may be more grownup, but this one is fine for tweens.

What's the story?

Much to the disappointment of Hannah Montana fans everywhere, the show will end with its fourth and final season, Hannah Montana Forever. "ORDINARY GIRL" is one of the first songs to be released from the season's soundtrack. In this tune, the show's young star, Miley Cyrus, sings about how she feels glad for the success she's had, but she also wants people to understand that she's still an "ordinary girl" at heart. At times, she takes this message just a little too far; for example, she talks about being "paid larger than life" yet still mentions occasionally "being bored." For the most part, however, she gives an honest, heartwarming account of what most tweens experience as they grow up: "Sometimes I'm lazy, I get bored, I get scared, I feel ignored, I feel happy, I get silly, I choke on my own words / I make wishes, I have dreams, and I still want to believe anything could happen in this world for an ordinary girl."

Is it any good?

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It's too bad that the mediocre songs on Miley's recent album Can't Be Tamed don't sound more like this one. The track's solid, snappy guitar hook is backed by catchy percussive clapping and a chorus of cute young voices -- a set-up that sounds more suited to Miley's maturing vocals.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a young star like Miley Cyrus can balance the benefits of fame with its drawbacks. How much should a girl like Miley be expected to put on a good public face no matter what she's feeling inside? 

  • How much privacy should young stars be given by the fans who love them?

  • Is it confusing that Miley puts out age-appropriate songs like this, but also is trying for an adult image and sound with other projects?

Music details

Artist:Miley Cyrus
Release date:July 6, 2010
Label:Disney
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMASSICLIKPERCYJ... July 31, 2011
 

SHUT UP UGLY

I'm kind of crazy. SARIA IS THE BEST!!!
Adult Written bybianca7788 May 16, 2011
 

Hard to swallow

Come on, your just an " ordinary girl " getting paid millions, wearing designer clothes, and having millions of fans begging her for autographs.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMegan96 February 5, 2011
 
I like this song, and it helps little girls who are starstruck by these teen celebrities put things into perspective. There is nothing objectionable in this song.
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