Rock of Ages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack



Movie musical rocks out with clean, classic '80s hits.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some positive messages about holding on to your dreams and searching for true love are threaded throughout these songs.

Positive role models

The behaviors in these songs are mostly positive, with lyrics about staying strong and valuing the people you love. 


No hardcore violence, though the song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" revolves around a fighting metaphor.


Some fairly suggestive, but not explicit, lyrics in songs like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane."


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that the Rock of Ages Soundtrack is filled with many mostly clean '80s classics that they'll recognize from their own teenage days. Expect some fairly suggestive, but not explicit, lyrics in songs like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane." From Joan Jett's iconic "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" to Journey's timeless "Don't Stop Believin'," these songs are a great collection of fun tunes for tweens, teens, and parents.

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What's the story?

You name the '80s music icon, and she or he is most likely on the ROCK OF AGES: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, a collection of 20 tunes from the movie musical, including a bevy of stars like Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, and many more. The musical roster includes Journey, Def Leppard, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, and several others who deliver some of the most recognizable tracks of that era.

Is it any good?


While the original versions of these songs were performed by lots of powerhouse musicians, some of the actors who sing on these covers shouldn't quit their day jobs (we're looking at you, Tom Cruise). That said, it's still a fun listen, with a few of the actors, like Constantine Maroulis (a former American Idol contestant) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (a former musical theater actress in England), giving decent vocal performances. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how contemporary music has changed since the days these songs were released. What differences do you notice? Any similarities?

  • What do you like better or worse about the sound of these tracks compared with today's tunes from artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga? 

  • What lessons can contemporary artists learn from fellow musicians like these who came before them?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:June 5, 2012
Label:Watertower Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydarkrose0711 July 13, 2012

classic rock soundrack

This is one of the soundtracks that have the most classic hits ever. I am 13 years old and i have a big taste for 80's music. This has a lot of meaningful lyrics such as in don't stop believing it tells you to get up an start all over again. A delightful musical soundtrack I definetly recommend it
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Kid, 11 years old June 13, 2012

So-So Rock n' Roll Soundtrack

This album is sure to attract tweens, teens, and adults with the new movie Rock of Ages coming out. I recommend that you buy some of these songs, they're fun to listen to. But realize that I said SOME of the songs. I love some of the rock n' roll songs, but the others - I think they have no value to them. Oh well, it's my opinion. And also, some of the songs are completely autotuned, so yeah. Russell Brand doesn't sound like Russell Brand in this soundtrack for some reason. Now for the parental review. There are mild positive messages and role models strewed all over the soundtrack. There's really no violence except "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," but as CSM says, it's just a fighting metaphor. But if you look closely at the trailer, Zeta-Jones's character is using it in like a fighting way. Oh well, I'll just have to watch the movie to find out. For sexual content, some titles and lyrics are suggestive. Oh yeah, parents, if you don't want your kid to listen to rock n' roll, then it's best if you don't let them listen to this soundtrack or watch the movie. Now, my favorite songs on the soundtrack are: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Any Way You Want It," and "We Built This City/We're Not Gonna Take It." And lastly, advice for the movie: Although it's rated PG-13, the movie looks like it's gonna have a lot of bad stuff in it. Overall, I recommend sharing this with your whole family to just have a good old rock n' roll time.
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