"Run the World (Girls)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Run the World (Girls)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Upbeat track encourages girls to be strong, independent.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A super-positive message to girls about being self-reliant and independent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about respecting yourself and making your dreams come true.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One mild reference to drinking: "Have me raise a glass for the college grads."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Run the World (Girls)" is an exceptionally positive song that encourages girls to believe in themselves and their ability to stand on their own. It includes no sexual references or graphic language and only one fleeting mention of drinking ("Have me raise a glass for the college grads"). The song is a great choice for tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCoffee Cup April 3, 2013

Who wrote the main review? Girls!

Very mediocre song, and the main review for this song is extremely biased. If it had been "Who run the world? Boys!" people would be preaching hate to... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 13 year old Written bybg_minor_miracle December 17, 2013

Are we talking about the same song?

Did CSM and parents not notice the "N" word? Before that... "Girls, we run this motha..." (I'm guessing -fukka), yet sex and language... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 20, 2014

Catchy, feminist song

This song is pretty catchy and good for dancing too. However, I can't say it's Beyonce's best, and I don't like the autotune she uses (she d... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman January 15, 2017

Fun female empowerment pop song

This Beyoncé song is strong on its message of female empowerment, and it's fun and catchy to sing along to. Just putting it plainly, this is the kind of s... Continue reading

What's the story?

RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) is a single by uber-famous R&B singer Beyonce that's all about positive girl power. The song focuses on telling girls not to underestimate themselves, but rather to harness their inner strength and skills to make their own dreams come true. There's no profanity or adult content, aside from one mild reference to drinking: "Have me raise a glass to all the college grads." It's exactly the kind of tune that parents would want impressionable young girls to hear.

Is it any good?

Musically, "Run the World (Girls)" borrows heavily from the rap/R&B sound espoused by peers like Nicki Minaj: somewhat frenzied arrangements featuring high-pitched, Auto-Tuned vocals and lots of rat-a-tat beats. It's a 180 from former Beyonce tracks that showcase her powerhouse vocals first and foremost, but those who prefer the new approach won't be able to get enough of the single.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lessons young girls can take from Beyonce's real life, which mirrors her message in these lyrics.

  • Why aren't there more female-empowerment anthems? Can you think of some others?

Music details

  • Artist: Beyonce Knowles
  • Release date: April 21, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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