Pop songs about darker side of love; check out edited album.

What parents need to know

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

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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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."   

Families can talk 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
Label:A&M Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous August 5, 2013

A load of Sex can be found Under both PA or Edited 100% is sex ...and this CD is Not for kids.

On Overexposed In the song Track 6. Love Somebody the song is all about sex so is the video too. Sorry too say that most of the songs has to do with sex. 5/5 on the Sex. Parental Advisory should also be on for all that sex too. Not for kids at all. 18+ CD.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2012


My 12 year old cousin got this cd for me. I am 11, and my mom was not happy about the gift, because of the parental advisory explicit content
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2012

Great song

They say words like f##k s##t and h##l so and they have other things that aren't appropriate for most kids under 12 Why do t you just hear yourself but they are my new favorite band so
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Too much sex
Too much swearing


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