"So What" (CD single)

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Rocker girl releases attitude-heavy anthem.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Song has themes of revenge and proving something to someone's who has hurt you or let you down.

Violence

Pink talks about wanting to get into trouble and starting a fight.

Sex

Sex implied with "I guess I'll go sit with drum boy/at least he'll know how to hit"

Language

One appearance of the word "s--t" (sung by backup singers).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking: "I'm gonna drink my money/I'm not gonna pay his rent"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the first single from Pink's new album scheduled for release later this year. The song is a "take that" slam to the singer's ex-husband Carey Hart. It's brazen and out there with a little anger and a lot of attitude. There's a dig at another celebrity, reference to drinking, the word "s--t" (although it's subtle, and could be missed), and the calling of an ex a "tool."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycheeser July 1, 2009

A good mostly clean song

The s word is the only bad part.
Parent of a 10 year old Written bygoodgirladvice December 12, 2009

perfect for tweens

i love pink and everyone should pink a good role modle and she makes you feel good
Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2011

good girl

I think it is a good song for moving on. It teaches girls it is not all about having a boyfriend. Yeah, she uses the "s" word. But is taken out in edi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIsaac T November 14, 2015

Awesome song really shows P!nk's dark side.

While the lyrics are intense and reference violence several times, the song and video combine maximum epicness. While the younger kids could find it a little to... Continue reading

What's the story?

Pink isn't renowned for her subtlety, or doing things conventionally. And if we were wondering how she was feeling about the dissolution of her marriage to motocross racer and Surreal Life and Inked star Carey Hart, we should wonder no more. "SO WHAT" makes it perfectly clear. In this cocky new single, Pink calls him a "tool" and says that because she's a rock star with her "rock moves" she's having more fun without him and doesn't need him anyway. These claims are even punctuated by a mocking "Na na na na na na na".

Is it any good?

"So What" is definitely catchy and it's hard not to want to sing along, but at times the lyrics seem so overtly juvenile that you find yourself wondering whether you're on the outside of an inside joke. This definitely isn't the best of Pink. Hopefully there'll be more of her older guilty-pleasure, "you-can't-believe-how-much-you-like-it" stuff on the rest of the new album.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Pink is making such a public statement about the ending of her relationship with her ex-husband. Does it seem as if she's trying too hard to prove something? Would you expect this kind of song from Pink more than you would from other artists?

Music details

  • Artist: Pink
  • Release date: August 18, 2008
  • Label: LaFace Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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