"Rule Breaker" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Rebellious pop-punk has too much attitude.

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

Glamorizes bad behavior: "We tend to smash things/and we like to scream," "Why don't you kiss this?/I'm just a princess," and "I've been reprimanded 'bout a thousand times/I'm a rule breaker."


Overall, the tone of the single is aggressive and at times, violent in a pop-punk way. Simpson repeats "I don't wanna fight tonight," but also says things like "You better keep quiet if you want your teeth" and "Because I keep making trouble/get here on the double before I break a little something."


The song begins with: "I gotta boyfriend/he likes to fight a lot/we got a lot in common/and he thinks I'm f--king (it's bleeped out) hot."


The one mention of "f--king" is bleeped out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking: "Wake up 'round 3 o'clock/Drink until my tummy full."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know if they want to inspire their tweens to behave badly, this is the perfect song. Ashlee Simpson is on a mission to misbehave and makes this concept appear cool and glamorous. One "f--king" is bleeped out.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bynewmoonwolves January 28, 2010

Be nice sunshinedays

Come on "sunshinedays" she is a great singer and this song is wonderful. Yeah Jessica Simpson helped her out but, they are sister's and that... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Yikes! (Beware)

Okay, we all know Ashlee really can't sing. She is only famous because of big sister Jessica Simpson. But, when you think about it, neither Simpson sisters... Continue reading

What's the story?

Girl power is taken to another level in Ashlee Simpson's single RULE BREAKER from her new, digital-only EP, Outta My Head which also features "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)" and "Catch Me When I Fall" from I Am Me. In the song, Simpson takes on the role of bad girl and shouts aggressive lyrics about breaking the rules because she can.

Is it any good?

Although it's titled "Rule Breaker," this single should be more aptly named "Rebel Without a Clue." It's difficult to take the innocuous Simpson seriously when she shouts lyrics like "You don't want no problems/you ain't got no beef!" And, it's hard to pinpoint what exactly she's rebelling against. The fluffier singles on the EP fare better -- with "Catch Me When I Fall" standing out for its refreshing sincerity. "Rule Breaker" doesn't promote a good role model for young girls or a good image for Simpson, and her attempt at falling somewhere between gangsta chick and punk princess falls painfully short.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the message behind the lyrics. What type of lifestyle does Simpson promote by signing about sleeping late, drinking, breaking stuff, and picking fights? Is she rebelling against something? If so, what?

Music details

  • Artist: Ashlee Simpson
  • Release date: February 5, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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