"Pompeii" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

British band's single about famous city's fall stays clean.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the song is superficially about the destruction of Pompeii, the insider perspective shows someone considering the mistakes of the past ("We were caught up and lost in all of our vices") and how the future can be changed ("How am I gonna be an optimist about this?").

Positive role models

Self-reflection and owning one's mistakes are hallmarks of a positive role model.


The song describes the destruction of Pompeii but in a very vague, nonviolent way.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bastille's catchy single "Pompeii" gives an insider view of the destruction of the historic city. With no iffy language, sexy stuff, or references to drugs or alcohol, the clean track is OK for tweens and up. The creepy music video also stays clean but may be a bit scary for younger kids.

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What's the story?

POMPEII is the fourth single from the British band Bastille's debut album Bad Blood. The catchy song describes the fall of Pompeii from the perspective of someone living through the destruction. The music video shows the band's singer running through a city where everyone has become alien with black pupils.

Is it any good?


With a driving tribal beat and hypnotic "eh-eh-ohs" in the background, it's hard not to dance along with "Pompeii." It's incredibly catchy. But when you dig a little deeper, the song relies very heavily on cliches and loses some of its meaning after a few listens. It's a good song but probably not one that'll stay on your playlist for long.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the theme of the song. Why do you think Bastille wanted to write a song about Pompeii? Why is the town's history still so compelling today?

  • Do you think the music video goes with the song? Why, or why not?

Music details

Release date:December 3, 2013
Label:Virgin Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFungal123 January 19, 2014

Great song with clean lyrics

I love this song and it's clean so your kids can listen to this
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 18, 2014

Nice clean song

It's a nice clean song... Don't have to be 9 to listen to it!
Teen, 13 years old Written byILikeReviewingThings March 29, 2015

Clean Song With Creepy Music Video

Listening to Pompeii can be a little too violent for little ears. It is about the fall of the historic town of Pompeii (burned to ashes by Mount Vesuvius). The topic of the song might be disturbing for little kids. The music video ahs NOTHING to do with the town of Pompeii, but with a modern town. The video is creepy with the Green Eyed Twins and the Bloddy Dude spitting out blood from his mouth (which even made ME jump). I really thought Bastille would make the video ABOUT Pompeii and not about the singer running away while seeing creepy things. The song is good for kids 10 and under, but the video is for tweens to teens.
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