"Skyscraper" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Melancholy but clean tune about moving on from heartache.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song describes getting back on your feet after falling on hard times.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages listeners to put bad times behind them and continue to move forward.


One allusion to being cut by broken glass: "Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed / All my windows still are broken but I'm standing on my feet."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "Skyscraper" talks about the heartache and pain that come from a failed romance, it doesn't include profanity, references to sex and substances, or violent imagery beyond one mention of being cut by broken glass. It's an age-appropriate song for older tweens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 12-year-old Written bystarrparrent1 November 24, 2011


Demi's voice makes you want to cry.
Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 1, 2012


I think her voice sounds kind of out of tune when I listen.
Teen, 14 years old Written byYoshipie May 6, 2012

Meaningful message

Listening to this song for the first time made me cry. Her story about cutting herself, being bullied, and into rehab, and now recovering is amazing. This song... Continue reading

What's the story?

"SKYSCRAPER" is the first single from Disney pop-starlet Demi Lovato since she finished a stint in rehab for what she called "emotional and physical issues." Using the end of a romantic relationship as a backdrop, the song's lyrics describe picking yourself up after experiencing difficult circumstances: "You can take everything I have, you can break everything I am / Like I'm made of glass, like I'm made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper." Though one line references bleeding after being cut by broken glass, the song doesn't have any profanity or graphic references to sex and substances. Older tweens who can handle sad songs should be fine with this tune.


Is it any good?

On this power ballad, Lovato clearly comes out of the gate looking to prove that she's a musical force to be reckoned with, and she succeeds overall. Her vocals sound better than they ever have, and though the arrangements don't blow you away, it's still a track that will capture your attention.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the message of getting back up after being knocked down reflects Lovato's personal life and career.

  • This is Lovato's first song since completing rehab; how might she be using music to feel better and get back on her feet, both personally and professionally?

  • What are five things that help to pick up your mood when you're feeling down?

Music details

  • Artist: Demi Lovato
  • Release date: July 19, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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