"Part of Me" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pop princess sings clean tune about standing up to her ex.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A positive message about never settling for substandard treatment from a romantic partner.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Katy Perry isn't always the best role model, but this song is all about demanding respect from a partner.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Part of Me" is a clean, positive track about being strong enough to end a romance with someone who's not treating you well. Unlike a lot of Katy Perry songs, this one includes no explicit references to sex or substances, and it also lacks profanity -- opting instead for self-confident statements like "Now look at me, I'm sparkling / A firework, a dancing flame, you won't ever put me out." It's a great message for young fans in the process of developing strong self-esteem.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAbigail1975000 July 15, 2012

Part of Me

Katy tells kids (and adults!) that no one should ever treat you badly (in a relationship) and they can't ever take anything away from them. Little kids won... Continue reading
Adult Written byMusic/Movies June 26, 2012

Great, Clean Song.

No sex, no violence, no language, no drinking. Very clean tune about standing up for yourself. Good for all ages.
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015
Kid, 8 years old December 10, 2014

Good Katy Perry Song!!

It's very good and helpful to the people that need to stand up to other people. Katy Perry expresses that she wants to tell the people who are hearing the... Continue reading

What's the story?

"PART OF ME" is a single from the reissue of Teenage Dream, the massively successful second album from pop star Katy Perry. After divorcing her husband, actor/comedian Russell Brand, Perry changed the lyrics to this largely-clean single about standing up to disrespectful treatment from "you can keep the dog, I never liked him anyway" to "you can keep the diamond ring, it don't mean nothing anyway."

Is it any good?

Katy Perry knows how to make a pop hit, as evidenced by the huge success of the many singles from the album Teenage Dream -- and "Part of Me" promises to follow suit. She combines her quirky yet strong vocals against the typically infectious synth-pop beat featured in most of her songs, resulting in another track that's sure to receive plenty of radio play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this song reflects Katy Perry's stormy relationship with actor and former husband Russell Brand.

  • Is it OK for artists like Perry to make their music so obviously about a personal friend or loved one? Why or why not?

  • Is Katy Perry a good role model? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: February 21, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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