"Shakespeare" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Light pop from iCarly star is fine for tween fans.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

Song is about finding out more about someone you just met.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cosgrove sings about the importance and need to "know more" about a possible love interest.


Lyrics say, "Do you like kissing when it's raining?" and "Before you go, you're three inches from my lips, before we do this, I need to know..." 


Single was performed live by Cosgrove on Nick show iCarly on the episode "I Do."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song was performed by Miranda Cosgrove on her mega-hit Nick TV show, iCarly. It's about the allure and excitement of just meeting a possible romantic interest, but the importance of finding out more about the person. The single mentions "kissing in the rain" and a near-kiss encounter with the mystery man Cosgrove meets. It's fine for kids and fans of iCarly.

User Reviews

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Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2020

Adorable love song promotes education

This song talks about sharing a literary passion with a lover, which is all too rare in today's pop music. This is the kind of song you play in the backgro... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 8, 2011


Ignore CommonSenseParent, that thing's a nut. I don't even think that's a real parent, just a prank or a nutcase. I love this song! And read the... Continue reading

What's the story?

SHAKESPEARE is from iCarly TV star Miranda Cosgrove's debut studio album. It's a sweet, bubbly pop song about new love and the possibility of a kiss. Cosgrove performed the single live on the Nickelodeon show, which might encourage series fans to seek it out.

Is it any good?

"Shakespeare" is an airy, pop tune that lets Cosgrove show that she can, in fact, sing, as well as star in a hit TV show. The song is a sweet declaration, or series of questions, posed to a possible love interest that she has locked eyes with on a train one day. "What do you like? I need to know. Do you like Shakespeare? Jeff Buckley, watching movies on Sunday or kissing when it's raining?" The song ends in a walk home and a close kiss-encounter on the front steps. It's all frothy, squeaky-clean fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the allure of TV stars and their music careers. Do you watch iCarly? Does the fact that this singer stars in a hit show make you more inclined to listen to the music? Does this song make you want to watch the show more?

  • Why is it important to get to know someone before kissing them?

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