Rock of Ages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Movie musical rocks out with clean, classic '80s hits.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNOTW77 October 2, 2015

Just a thought

There are many songs with hidden messages & meanings for example the song Rock you like a hurricane. Listen to the lyrics sometime.
It's early mor... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 20, 2015
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... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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