"Single Ladies" (CD single)

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Sassy, catchy "take that" break-up anthem.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

On the positive side, the song deals with the dangers of taking people for granted in relationships. Less positive is the implication that an engagement ring will fix a relationship's flaws.


Some mildly suggestive lyrics: "Cuz another brother noticed me/I'm up on him/He up on me."


Beyonce mentions jeans from her fashion line Dereon.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a spirited break-up anthem about getting back at a guy who took what he had for granted. The song smacks of revenge, but there's also a message of empowerment, because Beyonce is clearly having fun. There are a few suggestive lyrics, but they're mild overall.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAbigail1975000 July 15, 2012

Single Ladies

On him, on me is as explicit as it gets. Other than that overall fine song for all ages!
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written byantonio_diamond December 18, 2008
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2020


This song shows a girl asking for boyfriends to make a decision on whether or not they're serious about her, which shows self-respect and confidence. Amazi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 10, 2014

Catchy & fun song for everyone

This is a song... that's catchy, fun, and pretty clean... enough said.

What's the story?

SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) is a thumping groove-shaker. The story is a familiar one: Guy takes girl for granted and shies away from commitment; girl dumps him and hits the clubs for a night out with the single ladies; girl enjoys attention from a new guy while the old one looks on.

Is it any good?

"Single Ladies" definitely delivers on what Beyonce does best. It's sassy and noisy, with backup singers galore. It almost sounds like a cheerleading chant, and its sing-song style brings back memories of Toni Basil's "Hey Mickey." The song's "If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it" chorus is sure to become the mantra for girls fresh out of dead-end relationships everywhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song's lyrics, which suggest that if a guy wants to stay with a girl, he needs to buy her a ring. Does that really solve everything? Do you agree that sometimes you don't really miss someone or something until it's gone? Have you ever taken something for granted? What happened?

Music details

  • Artist: Beyonce Knowles
  • Release date: October 8, 2008
  • Label: BMG Import
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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