Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pop songs about darker side of love; check out edited album.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There's a lot of arguing and fighting between the romantic partners in these songs, but other than that no overtly negative messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many songs are about relationship woes, and the people involved don't always act maturely in the heat of the moment.


In "One More Night," a song about an unhealthy relationship, the fighting escalates to "throwing things."


Some heavily suggestive sexual references, like "Hold me, we're dancing in the dark of the night ... I light you up when I get inside."


The unedited version of "Payphone" has "s--t" and "f--k" in it, while additional tracks on a bonus version of the album include a few instances of "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Overexposed isn't explicit pop music but is at a level beyond squeaky-clean records from teen bands like One Direction. The lyrics get pretty steamy at times, with several references to touching and spending the night together, though they never cross the line into graphic territory. The unedited version of "Payphone" has "s--t" and "f--k" in it, while a version of the album with bonus tracks drops the word "f--k" a couple more times. There's also a fair amount of fighting and arguing, with a few lines about "throwing things." Still, most tunes on the album are OK for older tweens.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAnthony_Luciano11 October 2, 2019


Very good album, has some language though. Payphone has swearing in it multiple times, but if you look up the meaning of that song it will make sense why langua... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNirvanaPinkFloydfan May 5, 2018


Maroon 5 normally has SEXUAL CONTENT and cussing in their muisc,I know this because I have the CD and if you are a child under 14 then go to WalMart and get th... Continue reading

What's the story?

OVEREXPOSED, the fourth full-length studio album by masters of the addictive pop song Maroon 5, finds the five guys singing about the ups and downs of love with help from fellow musicians like rapper Wiz Khalifa and Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic. Frontman Adam Levine capitalized on his role with the mega-popular TV show The Voice to release the record's first single, "Payphone," on an episode.

Is it any good?

Maroon 5's music is the very definition of the term "guilty pleasure." While the first few synth-based songs are a bit rocky (aside from the addictive "One More Night"), the record picks up a lot of steam about midway through, starting with Adam Levine's killer falsetto in "Ladykiller" and wrapping up with the final track: a simply awesome, burlesque-esque cover of Prince's classic "Kiss."   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Maroon 5 explores the darker side of love here. Do you like songs about relationship woes sometimes, or you prefer happier love tunes?

  • Lead singer Adam Levine is well known for hitting the social scene and dating lots of girls; do you think rocky romantic relationships often come with this territory? Why or why not?

  • What kinds of things can you imagine the band singing about in 20 years?

Music details

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Release date: June 26, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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