"Skyfall" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Smoky, sultry song, but OK for young Bond fans.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

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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 & Representations

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…"


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…"


This song is featured on the Skyfall soundtrack.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014

Adele - Skyfall

Nice clean-cut song
Kid, 9 years old August 23, 2013


My mum loves this song so much and she loves her voice.this is appropriate for kids and teens

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Adele
  • Release date: October 9, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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