"Roar" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Pop princess releases another fierce girl-power anthem.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 25 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

The song has a strong positive message about standing up for yourself: "You held me down, but I got up / Already brushing off the dust."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Katy Perry isn't always the best role model, but this clean track focuses on self-empowerment and not letting anyone bring you down.

Violence & Scariness

The song uses a lot of boxing metaphors, but they're all symbols for standing up for yourself and aren't violent.

Sexy Stuff

The video, shot from Katy's view, shows her on the toilet and in the bathtub, but you don't see more than her legs and feet in either scene.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katy Perry's single "Roar" is a clean, girl-power anthem. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, or sexy stuff, this track is appropriate for tweens and up. The video, which shows Perry and her friends texting the lyrics while she goes about her day, does show Katy sitting on the toilet and taking a bath, but the shots are only slightly suggestive and not explicit.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byabbacus September 10, 2013

I like it.

3 and a half out of 5.
Parent of a 5, 7, and 15-year-old Written byVerylovingmom August 23, 2013


I love this song! My younger girls and I were listing to pandora and this song came on, my daughters began dancing. This song shows girls to be confident ! Love... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 16, 2021
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat August 25, 2020

Katy Perry is a great role model.

I loved this song when it first came out. I should say that I still do. Katy Perry is a great role model.

What's the story?

"ROAR" is the latest in a series of empowering singles from pop star Katy Perry. Like "Part of Me," the track focuses on Perry finding her inner strength and independence after being pushed around by others: "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath / Scared to rock the boat and make a mess." The fierce chorus proclaims "Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar!" The silly lyric video shows Katy going about her day and texting the lyrics back and forth with her friends.




Is it any good?

Like most of Perry's songs, "Roar" is a fun pop-anthem with the perfect upbeat chorus to sing along to. Although it's a catchy song, it feels more one-dimensional and unoriginal than some of her other tracks. Part of the problem is that it sounds eerily similar to Sara Bareilles's "Brave." The lyrics are also mostly a series of cliches and boxing references tied together like "I got the eye of the tiger" and "Now I'm floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee." It's a fun track with a positive message, but at the end of the day it feels like something we've already heard before.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models. Do you think Katy Perry is a positive role model? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think Perry keeps writing songs about standing up for herself? Do you think it's in reference to her personal life and her divorce from Russell Brand?

  • Have you heard Sara Bareilles's "Brave"? Do you think this song sounds the same, as some critics say?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: August 12, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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