"She Wolf" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Aiming for drama, wolf howls just make dance track corny.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Talks about cheating on the person you're with in order to get that person's attention.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shakira's built a career around sex, and this song is no different. She portrays a woman's role in relationships as predatory.


Nothing too explicit, though a couple of references: "I'm gonna … get me a lover and tell you about it." And: "I'm having a very good time in the heat, very bad in the arms of a boy."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a song about very adult themes: a romantic relationship in which one partner plots revenge on another through cheating with someone else.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWander Blue March 10, 2011

Simplesmente perfeita

Dançante, Ousada, só podia ser Shakira, música perfeita
Adult Written bysocratess October 22, 2009
The content of the song is mostly oriented towards adult people,especially women,as it portrays the predatory and liberal sexuality of the women of our times,wh... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 21, 2013

Very mediocre

I don't like this song very much. I don't really like Shakira's singing, and the message in this song is negative. The howling part in the song i... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 May 19, 2011

Big Shakira Fan!

I love Shakira. Her voice is beautiful, she's smart and such a good role model. She-Wolf has to be one of the best songs of her album and one of her best s... Continue reading

What's the story?

Latin diva Shakira sings about being a SHE WOLF in her latest single of the same name, telling the tale of a "domesticated girl" who, despite being a wholly devoted girlfriend, has lost the attention of the person she loves. Feeling "a little abused" and craving more affection, the girl decides to teach this person a lesson by going on the prowl at the local bar. Shakira has also released a Spanish-language version of the track titled “Loba.”

Is it any good?

Shakira's musical success has come from a combination of passable vocals and a bootylicious bod. Yet describing the vocals as passable on this disco-infused single is generous, with the singer throwing in all her usual voice-throws and other tricks to distort the truly mediocre quality of her voice -- plus a couple of weak wolf howls that are positively cheesy. The sound itself is nothing new for the clubs, which see legions of similar-sounding tracks march through on a regular basis.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Instead of cheating on a partner who's not paying attention to you, what other ways can you try to get your partner to take notice? Read our Sex and Media Tips.

  • Why do some people want to stay in relationships where they're not being appreciated, rather than finding someone new who will? 

Music details

  • Artist: Shakira
  • Release date: July 14, 2009
  • Label: Epic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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