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"Single Ladies" (CD single)



Sassy, catchy "take that" break-up anthem.

What parents need to know

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.

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

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Beyonce mentions jeans from her fashion line Dereon.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus September 12, 2012


Don't bother with this one.
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.
Parent 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!
What other families should know
Too much sex