"Shake It" (CD single)

Music review by
Elise Knutsen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Boy rockers make PG-13 summer hit.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Discusses a boy's feelings about his girlfriend -- both hesitant ("I was thinking of places that I could hide") and eager ("your body's cold but girl we're getting so warm"). Seems to send a mixed message but is also very honest. In the music video there's a brief scene where the boys break into a theater and avoid the police, but only so all their friends can come together and dance.


Song is clearly about the physical relationship between a boy and a girl: "You're body's shaking/turn me on/so I can turn out the lights" and "You're on the bed but your clothes are lying right there" are the most graphic lines in this song.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although two of the band members have famous Hannah Montana siblings (Trace is Miley Cyrus' half brother and Mason is Mitchel's brother) this hit single doesn't sound very Disney. The lyrics aren't particularly graphic, but the sexually suggestive lyrics describe a scene where clothes are off and excitement is elevated.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byfatcorgi1 December 14, 2010

Fine For Most

I think this is an okay song, just that one line may bring the wrong picture to kids who understand it. Let your kids listen to it, there bound to listen to lry... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bywillowfaierie July 15, 2009
I saw Uniqua dancing to it.
Teen, 13 years old Written bychocoluv March 2, 2014

Great Song!

This song is very catchy and clean! But the only line that I'm concerned about is "You're on the bed but your clothes are laying right there... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 December 9, 2011

Upbeat rock song is a bit iffy

This is a fun upbeat song but there's one line that is bluntly sexual.

What's the story?

Metro Station is an edgy rock pop group featuring Trace Cyrus (yes, Miley's older half brother), and the breakout single "SHAKE IT" is a provocative song about the growing relationship between a boy and a girl. While the lyrics may seem laced with innuendo, the lighthearted dancing music video (without any hint of a sexual relationship) suggests that the song isn't mean to offend, but rather to be a fun dance tune.

Is it any good?

The band has a fresh sound and is a nice break from the whiney rocker boy bands of late. They know how to push the envelop with their lyrics, but never get too lewd; think one step beyond the Jonas Brothers' "Burning Up." That being said, in light of all the explicit music out there, your kids could do much, much worse than this. "Shake It" is original, fun, and a good compromise between cheesy kids music and uncomfortably graphic songs for older teens. The upbeat tune may even have you singing along and after a few listens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about having a famous family member? Do you think being connected to a star sibling helps or hurts someone's career? Why do you think this band's sound is different from Miley and Mitchel's music? Families can also discuss the sexual innuendo in this song. Is this an appropriate way for a boy to talk about a girl? Is the artist talking about an emotional or a physical relationship?

Music details

  • Artist: Metro Station
  • Release date: June 1, 2008
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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