"Round and Round" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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So-so pop song condones staying in a bad relationship.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 48 reviews

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Positive Messages

Selena makes it seem OK to stay on the relationship see-saw with someone, singing "you see me standing there and act like you don't know me / But last night you were calling me saying you want me ... I'm falling hard for you / We're going round and round, we're never gonna stop."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the emotional turmoil in this song, Selena remains a good role model, keeping her personal life free of drama.


Song is about a girl who can't break free of an emotionally-abusive romantic relationship.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this pop single doesn't contain any explicit content, like swearing or references to sex and substances. However, its premise -- a girl who can't break free of an emotionally-abusive romantic relationship -- is a red flag for parents who want to encourage healthy relationship behaviors in their tweens. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCommonSenseParent December 7, 2010

Excellent pop song from Selena Gomez is on, NOT iffy.

Selena Gomez's new pop single, "Round and Round," is chock-full of talent. There is nothing questionable or sinful in this single, and all kids w... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byPapa_Reviews October 16, 2010

OK for teens but not younger kids

This video was inappropriate for the time slot Disney was playing it in. It was played many times during the Phineas and Ferb Marathon.
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2011

Pretty goood ....!

The only thing that bothered me was that she had fire in her music video and some guy fell off a wall! That's kinda violent, don't cha think? This is... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymiley28751 June 13, 2011

ages for this song

i think that it is for ages 5 and up

What's the story?

ROUND AND ROUND is the first single from the forthcoming album A Year Without Rain by Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez. Like a lot of songs by another young Disney star and Gomez pal, Demi Lovato, this tune revolves around a difficult romantic relationship that leaves Gomez feeling heartbroken much of the time. Instead of breaking up, however, Gomez seems almost addicted to the pain -- sending a negative signal to all the impressionable young fans out there who will take away the message that it's OK to stay in a bad relationship.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, the music doesn't redeem the unhealthy lyrical message in this song. The synth-pop hook is formulaic to the point of being boring, especially compared to so many other similar-sounding songs on the charts today. And Gomez's so-so vocals aren't strong enough to make the track a standout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some people stay in relationships that make them unhappy. Can you name five reasons why people might continue dating someone who doesn't treat them well?

  • What are five things you can do to free yourself from unhealthy relationships?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: July 6, 2010
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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