"Party in the U.S.A." (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cyrus edges up the maturity scale with all-out party number.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 102 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The message of the song is that pursuing your passion -- in this case, a love of music -- can make you happy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cyrus sings about how she overcame her feelings of inadequecy by relying on her love of music. However, this is the song that was performed at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards to much controversy because of the now infamous "stripper pole" dance routine.


The song includes very mild lines about dancing: "Noddin' my head like yeah, movin' my hips like yeah."


This single will be part of the album The Time of Our Lives, which will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores, in support of the launch of Cyrus's clothing line collaboration with designer Max Azria.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this was the song that launched the Teen Choice Awards controversy over Miley Cyrus's accompanying dance performance, the song itself isn't the least bit risque. Sure, Cyrus sings about "movin' her hips" but that's as far as this single goes in trying to be sexy. In fact, Cyrus shows herself as the outsider, wearing unfashionable shoes while other club-goers girls sport stilettos.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written bykkkkiiitttyy April 22, 2011
Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2021

Its not inappropriate

"movin my hips like yeah" is not inappropriate in my opinion. It doesn't even say "twerk"
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 17, 2021

What's the story?

Miley loves her some Britney and Jay-Z on PARTY IN THE U.S.A. She's edging up the maturity scale with her shout-outs to these more mature peers. The single has enjoyed instant success since being released early due to an online leak. This is the first single off of her upcoming album The Time of Our Lives recounts her loneliness upon arriving in Hollywood. But Miley finds a surefire solution to her West Coast culture shock when she hears her favorite songs on the radio.

Is it any good?

The topic is introspective, but the song is pure fun. This is one of those special singles that has the power to instantly put a smile on your face. Cyrus offers a rare display of vulnerability to her superstar image, talking about jitters and losing confidence. The hip hop harmonies mixed with Miley's country twang combine for an irresistible sound. Moms and dads, this single may make you see that Miley ain't just for tweens anymore. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Miley's performance of this song at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Was the dance number with accompanying stripper pole too risque for the tween and teen audience? Or, is the media making the performance too much of an issue?

  • This single will be included on Miley's next album, which will be exclusively sold at Wal-Mart stores, along with her line of clothing. Do you think the album will make tweens want to buy the clothes as well? What do you think about launching the album and clothing line at back-to-school time? Is it just a way to get kids to buy more Miley?

  • What do you think of Miley name-dropping on this single, giving both Jay-Z and Britney Spears a shout? Does it make the song more appealing if you are a Jay-Z or Britney fan?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: July 29, 2009
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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