"Skyfall" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Smoky, sultry song, but OK for young Bond fans.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mostly positive, but some mixed messages. The song begins with strong independence: "Skyfall is where we start/A thousand miles and poles apart/You may have my number, you can take my name/But you’ll never have my heart…"  Then turns to reliance: "Where you go I go/What you see I see/I know I’d never be me/Without the security/Of your loving arms/Keeping me from harm…"

Positive role models

Despite Adele's initial aloofness, the lyrics unfold to one of focus and commitment: "Let the sky fall/When it crumbles/We will stand tall/Face it all together…"

Not applicable

While the tone of this song is sultry, the lyrics are more about love then sex: "Feel the earth move and then/Hear my heart burst again…"

Not applicable

This song is featured on the Skyfall soundtrack.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Skyfall" is the kind of pop song that's laced with an alluringly sexy vibe, but contains no profanity, violence, or sex. The song accompanies the James Bond film of the same name, which, like all other 007 movies, is about a sultry seduction, intense romance, and ultimately, an untenable relationship. This song, however, is embraceable and will likely appeal to parents as much as older kids.

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What's the story?

SKYFALL is the first single and title song to the soundtrack of the 23rd James Bond film of the same name. The song was written by British singer-songwriter Adele and her regular collaborator, Paul Epworth.

Is it any good?


Everything about "Skyfall" feels like a Bond song -- Adele's captivating vocals and heartbreaking lyrics, the song's lush orchestration, and the trademark "007" minor chord progression theme. The intrigue, mystery, sexiness, urgency, distance -- it's all here. Adele's velvety vocal is what really makes this song, especially when it swells at the end. "Skyfall" will sweep anyone's heart away and linger, leaving you wanting more.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how music enhances the experience of watching a movie. How does music help set the mood?  What would a movie be like without music?

  • Why do you think Adele was chosen to sing the theme song to the movie Skyfall?  What are the qualities of her voice?  What makes a singer or song Bond-worthy?

  • While the song's lyrics are clean, it's still about a mature theme. Do the lyrics match the mood of the music? 

Music details

Release date:October 9, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2012

Adele at her best.

I love Adele, and she doesn't disappoint! :3 No, really, it's great - positive, too, since it says "Let the skyfall / When it crumbles / We will stand tall / Face it all... together." So it promotes standing together when bad things happen. Nothing really objectionable with this song - awesome! And even more awesome, since it's the theme to the new James Bond movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byTripFoot December 9, 2012

This song deserves not 5 stars, but 007 stars!

Adele is awesome! Sometimes, it feels like she's overrated; yes, she has good music, but do you really have to play her music all the time on the radio? It gets annoying. However, Skyfall, her newest song, is epic awesomeness! I'm not a Bond fan, but I STILL love it! The vocals fit perfectly with the music, and it stirs deep emotions in you. It isn't inappropriate for little kids, but since it is a sad song, younger kids might not really understand it. Instead, more upbeat, "fun" songs might work for them. Adele is a great rolemodel, because 1) She attracts fans not by dressing sexily or by putting profanity in her songs, but by making great music. 2) Skyfall doesn't act as a James Bond commercial, it can be enjoyed even if you hate Agent 007. Adele and Bond are awesome!
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2012


A great song even if you are not a James Bond fan. Adele fits perfectly with the mood. Part of the 007 franchise, but no advertising for the movie in the song in any way
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism


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