"Scream" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Edgier song by R&B star offers great vocals, generic sound.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

These super-steamy messages are too mature for kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sexual behavior isn't positive or negative but is simply not age appropriate for kids.


Some suggestive lyrics like "Now relax and get on your back / If you wanna scream, let me know and I'll take you there ... If you want it done right / Hope you're ready to go all night."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Uses a metaphor about drinking to describe amorous feelings: "Got no drink in my hand, but I'm wasted / Gettin' drunk off the thought of you naked."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Scream" is an extra-steamy song from super-smooth R&B star Usher. Known for mildly suggestive lyrics, Usher kicks the sexiness up a notch in this track, with lots of bedroom descriptions and a metaphor about feeling "drunk" with lust.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 5, 2018

Great song, but not for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older teens. There are some explicit sexual references. However, this is a really catchy song that I high... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpicyPeanuts33 April 23, 2014
This song is terrible! It is a puke-in-your-mouth kind of song that has terrible, sexual lyrics and is just one of those songs to just stay right away from. Hea... Continue reading

What's the story?

"SCREAM" is the second single from the seventh studio album by Usher -- still one of the hottest R&B vocalists around. With an assist from pop-producing powerhouse Max Martin, Usher again sings about well-covered territory: romance. However, he takes the intensity up a step, getting decidedly more graphic without launching into full-fledged explicit territory.

Is it any good?

Usher's music usually packs a twofold punch, combining killer vocals with an awesome beat. But when it comes to the latter, this song disappoints a bit -- featuring a beat that's appealing enough without sounding much different from the rest of the R&B pack. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Usher may have deviated from his standard not-too-mature approach to produce this sexier-than-normal track. 

  • Do artists need to resort to graphic sexual descriptions in order to interest people in their music? Why or why not? 

  • Does R&B tend to have sexier lyrics than other genres, such as country or pop? Why are there so many songs about sex?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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