"Ridin' Solo" (CD single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Hip-hop anthem celebrates being single; OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Semi-positive message about moving on after a break-up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You gotta give props to someone who takes a negative situation and turns it into something positive.


S-word four times in unedited version.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A mention of going out to the club.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is about embracing the single life after a break-up. The language is mostly okay, except for a few s-words in the unedited version. There's one reference to hitting a club, but no mention of drugs or alcohol. The song is about finding a positive in a negative situation, which is always a good lesson for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written bylooksmum August 2, 2010
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

This song is magical.

This song helped me through my childhood when I felt all alone, it comforted me and kept my head hd high. Except for the "S" word, there is nothing wr... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 10, 2012


This song is dumb. The guy's voice in the song is pretty weird, anyway.
-Samantha (chocolatecake123)

What's the story?

RIDIN' SOLO, from Jason Derulo's self-titled debut album, is a sleek R&B groove that's about making the best of a break-up. In other words, put on your white leather spike-studded jacket (as Derulo does in the video) and hit the clubs. Derulo's vocals and dance moves are reminiscent of the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. There are some other acoustic and club mixes of the single (as well as an edited version) available as well.

Is it any good?

Starting out with gentle vocals pining, "Love may be blind" over a gliding piano, "Ridin' Solo" pulls you in, then quickly moves to a more upbeat, finger-snapping R&B melody.  Derulo conquers the sadness from a break-up and says, "So sorry, but it's over now.../I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine.../I'm ridin' solo." If his falsetto doesn't make you think of M.J., his gangsta hat and dance moves in the video will. Overall this is a fun dance song for older tweens and teens, especially for kids recovering from a broken heart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about breaking up and moving on. Have you ever felt down after a relationship ended? How did you deal with your feelings? What do you think of the song's message about letting go and moving forward?

  • Jason Derulo has been compared to Michael Jackson. Do you think he deserves this comparison? Does it make you more or less interested in someone's music when you hear them compared to someone else? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Jason Derulo
  • Release date: June 22, 2010
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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