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

Common Sense Media says

Cyrus edges up the maturity scale with all-out party number.





What parents need to know

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

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.

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

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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
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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. 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous February 24, 2013

9+ it is for the Dancing part.

What's wrong with Dancing. People like to Dance and it's under sex.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old April 3, 2010


the best song ever by her she is just such a good person!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bysega3dmm December 30, 2009


It's Miley. Enough said.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written bytaymomsenfan April 6, 2010

Another Predictable Miley Song...

Okay, I'm sorry but Miley's music is so predictable and so not original. Her acting is okay and I can't judge her as a person because obviously I never met her. I'm not saying she isn't good at singing because believe me she is an excellent singer. I just wish she would sing songs more about life and not just party songs. Because a lot of times it just seems like she is promoting sex in her performances. I miss the younger Miley. She seemed more mature then, then she does now.
What other families should know
Too much sex


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