"Ready or Not" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Disney star debuts clean tune about crushing on a guy.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

This track is about a shy girl crushing on a hot guy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nothing necessarily positive or negative here; just a crush.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

One mild reference to dancing together "all night."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "READY OR NOT" is a very tame track about a shy girl who comes out of her shell on the social scene –– seeing a guy she thinks is cute and asking to dance with him. Aside from one mild reference to dancing together "all night," the song includes no profanity, sex, substances, or drinking, making it a fine pick for both younger and older tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBBGum July 10, 2020

I Enjoy This Song

It is catchy and I love it. It's 2020 and it's still awesome. I was too young to listen to it when it came out, or watch Disney channel, but I love it... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChloe-Louise March 7, 2013

"Ready or not her I come" -see I'm singing it already :)

Ok I haven't stopped singing this song since I hear it haha It's just so catchy and addictive and the lyrics are just quirky and fun! I was surprised... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2013

Teaches Kids about love, they'll figure out anyway eventually

This is an amazing and upbeat song. Mendler is a positive role model by showing that she isn't shy this time and if she likes this guy, she's going to... Continue reading

What's the story?

"READY OR NOT" is a single by Bridgit Mendler, the young star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie series. It's about having a crush on a guy. Though Mendler's pipes appear on lots of other tracks -- including "Hang in There Baby," the theme song to her own series -- this single is her first independent release as a singer. It also serves as the lead track for her first album, Hello, My Name Is...

Is it any good?

Bridgit Handler deserves props for trying to break free of the synth-pop mold to which so many of her young peers conform: The tune has a slight reggae overtone that smacks ever so slightly of R&B titan Rihanna. And Handler's vocals are nothing to sneeze at. This talented artist is clearly a cut above the typical Disney starlet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to overcome shyness and have confidence. What makes you feel good about yourself?

  • Describe three things you like about your personality, and three recent accomplishments you've made.

  • Name some superstars who seem to have it all yet have admitted to feeling self-conscious and insecure at times. What are some of the strategies they've used to overcome their fears?

Music details

  • Artist: Bridgit Mendler
  • Release date: August 7, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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