"Radioactive" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean, positive alt-rock tune about what's important in life

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Positive Messages

This track recommends remembering where your roots are -- i.e., remaining true to yourself -- whenever times get tough.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The three brothers and one cousin who make up Kings of Leon come from spiritual backgrounds -- and they put that wholesome, uncomplicated approach into practice in both their personal and professional lives.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is another clean single from the alt-rock band Kings of Leon. The song tells a short and simple tale, reminding listeners to fall back on their homes and families when life doesn't go their way. With no graphic language or adult content, the tune is a positive choice for both tweens and teens.

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Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byAngelina_rocks2002 May 17, 2015

What's the story?

The first new single since their smash breakthrough record Only by the Night, "RADIOACTIVE" marks another entry in the growing Kings of Leon alt-rock catalog. Like a lot of the band's songs, the track is short and contains few lyrics -- and those it does offer are clean. Using just a couple different verses that lack profanity or adult references, the group encourages fans to follow their own truths in the face of hard times: "It's in the water, it's in the story of where you came from / Your sons and daughters in all their glory it's gonna save her / And when they crash and come together, and start rising / Just drink the water where you came from." The positive message is a good one for tweens and teens alike.

Is it any good?

Most Kings of Leon songs are simple, both lyrically and musically; many of the band's tunes revolve around just a few chords and a repetitive guitar riff. "Radioactive" follows this tried-and-true approach, and while it's not quite as addictive as earlier songs like "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire," it definitely has its moments -- especially when the gospel choir joins in toward the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to remind yourself about what's really important in life. Can you name five things that you think most people do (or should) value in life more than anything else?

  • When you're down and out, what are five things you can do to help yourself remember what's most meaningful?

Music details

  • Artist: Kings of Leon
  • Release date: September 20, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Alternative Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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