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"Pompeii" (CD single)



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, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 25, 2014

Catchy, okay song

I'm not too familiar with Bastille - in fact, this was probably the first song of theirs I listened to - and I thought this song was okay. It was catchy, especially during the chorus, but it's not my favorite. But it's not a bad song. There's nothing really inappropriate in it, and I do think it has some positive messages about staying positive ("I'm gonna be an optimist about this").
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Kid, 11 years old April 19, 2014


Admittedly, this is one of the few popular songs on the radio that are appropriate for children. I practice this song at school (not fun) and now can not listen to this song without feeling stressed.That's just a personal thing, before that I ADORED this song. Happy music-going!
Kid, 11 years old May 19, 2014

Mr. Pompeii-dy and Sherman

My profile: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles This is a catchy song that is about the destruction of Pompeii, it's not bad or anything, and it's in the movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and it's not that bad.


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