"Rolling in the Deep" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
No adult content, but this break-up song is intense.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 50 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song's lyrics about being jilted go beyond the usual hurt and sadness to wish the other person ill: "See how I'll leave with every piece of you,
/ Don't underestimate the things that I will do."

Positive Role Models & Representations

While being hurt by someone is never fair, revenge isn't the way to respond.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "Rolling in the Deep" doesn't include any swearing or adult references, it's still an intensely emotional song about a girl who's been deeply hurt by a guy and wants to see him suffer as much as she has. For tweens and teens just learning the ropes of romantic relationships, the song could intensify feelings of sadness after a break-up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018
Adult Written byJEDI micah November 10, 2012


Without a doubt, this is Adele's best song! This is what made her instantly famous! It's catchy and fun to sing in your head! I love Adele, and I thin... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 8, 2020

Great tune for processing feelings around a breakup

This is the song you cry to in your room when you just broke up with your partner. While it might be tough on sensitive listeners, this song is great for proces... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKingKeagster McSwags May 3, 2017


I've personally never heard the song sung...however I've played it in band.
From parts of it I've heard, the music is OK.
1. Lyrics - 1/5
2. the... Continue reading

What's the story?

ROLLING IN THE DEEP is the first single from the record 21 by powerhouse British vocalist Adele. Like a lot of her other songs, this tune revolves around romantic heartbreak, with Adele describing how she's out for revenge. Though there's no graphic language or references to sex, substance use, or violence, the song's dark, aggressive lyrics about getting even send an unhealthy message about love. For example: "Baby, I have no story to be told / But I've heard one on you and I'm gonna make your head burn."

Is it any good?

Adele is one of the bright new stars on the popular music scene, with a smoky sound that's distinct from the sea of bubblegum popsters out there. This song in particular reaches out and grabs you, including a dramatic, blues-infused hook made all the more intense by Adele's soaring vocals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the qualities of Adele's voice that help to make this song especially powerful. How would you describe her vocal style?

  • Would this song have as much impact were it sung by another artist? Why?

  • What makes this song mature, since there's no swearing or graphic content?

Music details

  • Artist: Adele
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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