All member reviews for "Radioactive" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Hard-hitting rock anthem is angsty but clean.

Users say

(out of 23 reviews)
age 9+
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Teen, 15 years old Written bydoodlebuggy(: August 25, 2013


It's a FANTASTIC song! I'm not a fan of dubstep or rock, but this is MY FAVORITE song! Honestly, forget about the weird music video or analyzing the lyrics. If you find the song catchy, just listen to it! Overall the song is great, upbeat, and makes you feel good. ♥Imagine Dragons♥
Teen, 14 years old Written byRadioactive❤ July 3, 2013

Positive message in the lyrics

Look. I say ditch the weird video; those rarely ever have anything to do with the song. Guys... Alot of you have it wrong. It's not a meaningless, apocolyptic song. It does have very good message. See Radioactive elements are constantly changing. So, he's saying that he can constantly change, and constantly adapt to the heck life can be sometimes. Life can be horrible, enough to 'make your systems blow' especially sometimes. In the begining I'm waking up, to ash and dust A wipe my brow and sweat my rust I'm breathing in the chemicals I'm breaking in, shaping up, checking out on the prison bus This is it, the apocolypse He's saying he woke upto metaphorical ash and dust, both stuff that can choke you, but next he's saying he tries to shake it off and get away. Next he realises you can't run away from you problems, they are like chemicals in the air. Next, he's preparing for the challenge, but still a bit hesitant and upset. Then he's saying how he feels like it could be the end, the apocolypse of him. I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones Enough to make my systems blow He's awakening, truely excepting the tough spot in life he was meant to have. He can tell from now on things will not be easy, and it would be enough to 'make his systems blow,' per say, that it's so hard. welcome to the new age, to the new age(x2) I'm RADIOACTIVE, RADIOACTIVE(x2) He's now welcoming himself the changes or hardships(the new age), because now he know he can do it. He's radioactive because he knows he is strong enough to withstand it, to adapt, to survive. I wave my flags, I don my clothes, it's a revolution I suppose We're painted red, To fit right in I'm breaking in, shaping up, checking out on the prison bus, This is it, the apocolypse He's trying to conform to the changes, relolutionizing his thoughts to how they have to be now to survive the new challenges. But the world keeps 'painting him red to fit right in.' this means all the people doubting him, trying to ignore struggle, and so it makes him rethink things and his hope is thus torn down for awhile, and once again he feels it could be 'the apocolypse' of him or happiness. [chorus] same meaning as before All systems go, sun hasn't died Deep in my bones, straight from inside He's realising that he really can live on, adapt, and survive(all systems are still working). The sun hasn't died; by this he means through all this, his hope and hapiness has lasted through the struggles so far. Deep in the bones/straight from inside; he's feeling more and more confident that he has it in him to continue through the harsh realities he has been faced with, and he's building up to explain the chorus once more, but with more strenghth. [chorus] same as before, but now he's saying that he WILL make it through, not could.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old August 13, 2013


reminds me of the hunger games (awesome) it is fine!
Kid, 12 years old January 18, 2014

The music video is HULARIOUS

I was not expecting teddy bears. That's right, theres teddy bears fighting each other in this video. It's hilarious and I can't stop watching it. Great job on that. Anyway, the song is pretty good overall, but "Demons" is better. AGE IS BASED OFF VIDEO!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 January 2, 2014

Very unique and cool

This song is pretty cool and head banging. I don't understand what they're saying, exactly, but I really like the music. As CSM mentioned, there's no inappropriate content to speak of, so this is perfect for all ages (though I doubt youngsters will understand the lyrics).
Kid, 12 years old November 16, 2013

so catchy

I love this song
Kid, 11 years old October 14, 2013

Best Song EVer

I think this song means a lot about changing who you are and your actions. Though the video is a little weird. This is my favorite song at the moment and i love it. I am 11 and have asked my music teacher to teach my class this song. He said he will have to check the lyrics if it is appropriate for my age.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old May 13, 2013

Uplifting song

Great song! Never noticed anything bad in it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byNLRicci April 26, 2013

Forceful rock song is clean and serious.

This popular song from the band "Imagine Dragons" is about an apocalypse is clean, but very rough, and charged. There is no mature content, except for a line about "breathing in the chemicals". The message is unclear, but the lack of profanity, sexual content, and substance references makes it fine for most teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 11, 2013

Video Is Pretty Weird;Scary For Some Kids Like Me

Radioactive Is A Ok Song By Imagine Dragons.I Don't Really Understand This Song,Or The Video But This Song Is Pretty Catchy And Has No Objectable Content,Except Some Violent Lyrics(About Apocalypses)And A Very Scary(To Me).It Shows Puppets Fighting In A Violent Way.(Puppets Doing Evil Things Scare Me...)The Big One Rips Up Another Puppet.But Then,A Bear Beats The Big Puppet.This Song May Be Hard To Understand,And The video Is Hard To Understand,But,It Is Pretty Catchy.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old July 26, 2013

Cool Song

It contains some violence, but is very catchy and clean. It got stuck in my head after hearing the pentatonix cover. It's well written, but the video did not match the meaning of the song at all, so if a kid wants to hear this song, they should go for something with only the audio. I think it's a cool song, though, nevertheless.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2013

One of Imagine Dragon's best songs!

This song is really catchy. Since I like dubstep and rock, I loved this song!
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written bycinnagurl March 21, 2014


This is a great song. One of my faves from Imagine Dragons. However i do notice that the review says its Dubstep influenced. I dont think so. People these days do not know what dubstep is
Kid, 10 years old February 18, 2014

Good song for kids, but it's parodies are super-teenager-ish.

The song is very clean, just a bit more anthem-ish. There are parodies that I also think should be reviewed. There is one named "Really Inactive" which involves a horrible role model, and one by Y-Titty involving revenge. Minecraft loves this song, so you might hear a MC parody that is OK. Instalok made a parody for LoL, a 12+ game, even though the parody is more 10+ lyric-wise. JustParodiezMan, a deviantARTer, made a parody called "Transfor-a-mation" involving a HORRIBLE role model who kills and rapes people as a reaction to losing a shirt, some guy named Joshua turning into a Flygon bloodily (I took this PERSONAL since my first name is Joshua and Flygon is my 3rd fave pokemon) and even going into a forest full of wild pokemon with no caution. So yea, this song is OK. Just no parodies.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old June 19, 2016

Really good song!

I love this song very much and I think most kids should be fine with this song but it's music video is a bit sad/violent but should be fine and the only other bad part is a man smoking and men throwing money in the air and gambling. But I think this song is fine.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byBan Moy May 22, 2015

I love this song!

Parents need to know that this song is age appropriate for most kids, although the video is not necessarily OK for young kids. Messages: 0/5 none Role models: 0/5 none Violence: 2/5 the video shows puppets fighting in a ring (although meant to be comical, may scare young kids) Sex: 0/5 none Language: 0/5 none Consumerism: 0/5 none Drugs/ alcohol: 1/5 smoking is seen in the video. Off for 5 and under, pause for 6-8, on for 9+
Teen, 13 years old Written February 1, 2015

Love Them!

It's a great song, even though it does have certain messages, older kids should be able to handle it.
Kid, 11 years old July 21, 2014
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old May 5, 2014

12+? so commonsense is more innacurate than I thought...

12+? I cant even THINK about why you say this about a great song. oh, and why is it that everybody thinks cigars are so bad? they where seen all the time in the older cartoons. WHICH WERE RATED G!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaitham Bayazeed April 28, 2013


Amazing and really great song, without profanity