SpongeBob's Greatest Hits

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Occasionally rude, but zaniness and positivity win out.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 13 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Name-calling, nose picking, burping and odes to underwear are all included on this album. However, the general sentiment of the album is more about friendship than potty talk. "Don't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)" offers important tips for being a non-jerk. "There's a sign above the aisle that says express, that means ten items or less, don't be a jerk....Be nice to babies and animals, old folks too, 'cause that's how you'd like them to treat you ...when others are talking don't interrupt, don't put people down or leave the toilet seat up." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The sometimes ill-mannered cast of characters from Bikini Bottom balance out their misadventures with some kindly life lessons, from being a good pet owner to gaining some self-esteem in the song "Ripped Pants." "'Cause windin' up with no one is a lot less fun than a burn from the sun or sand in your buns. Now I learned a lesson I won't soon forget, so listen and you won't regret. Be true to yourself, don't miss your chance and you won't end up like the fool... who... ripped...his.. PAAANTS."

Violence & Scariness

"The F.U.N. Song"  finds the sadistic and small Plankton singing about mass carnage. "F is for fire that burns down the whole town, U is for uranium...bombs, N is for no survivors, when you're-Planton! Those things aren't what fun's about. Now do it like this. F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me..."

Sexy Stuff

Several songs include unmannerly terms that kids might enjoy repeating. "Idiot Friends" is a self-explanatory song about less-swift chums that repeat said offending word over and over again. Similarly, the song "Don't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)" includes the work "jerk" many times.


Most, if not all, of the songs on this album are culled from the television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Many songs include episode snippets and subtly promote the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob and his aquatic friends offer a mixed bag of bad manners and good messages. It's hard to believe these two opposing elements could co-exist on one album, but if you're familiar with the animated series, you'll know what to expect from the CD. SpongeBob sings about his favorite kind of underwear ("Tighty Whiteys"), showing off his bottom ("Ripped Pants"), and having friends of, ahem lesser intelligence ("Idiot Friends"). But despite the insults and gross-out moments, the Pineapple-dweller also croons about caring for his pet snail ("Where's Gary") and being kind ("Don't Be a Jerk").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysb_9023 December 24, 2012


SpongeBob is awesome!! im 18 and I love SpongeBob and yes if I had a kid I would let him/her watch the show. has positive messages of working hard & fri... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written bysecx November 2, 2010

so kids will flip

spongebobs so vilont im not letting my lil sister watch it
Kid, 11 years old January 31, 2021

Good Music

The music gets a 9/10
Kid, 9 years old August 21, 2013

Good songs

I DO NOT HAVE IT but i know the songs the "idiot friends" song is funny. (p.s I am only rating the songs)

What's the story?

As its title implies, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGEBOB'S GREATEST HITS is a collection of old favorites. These are songs that most fans of the TV series will recognize as quickly as they'll know the answer to the eternal question, \"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?\" In celebration of a decade of seaworthy shows, Nickelodeon has amassed a sampling of the best of the best of krabby patty flippin', jellyfish-catching music. This time the Krusty Krab crew get some help from some top names in the music biz, and no that doesn't include Squidward. Cee-Lo Green (half of the Gnarls Barkley duo) and Pink each offer a nautical-themed bonus track, with Green re-interpeting the oft-played theme song in a mellow funk fashion.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to like this ensemble of SpongeBob standards. Afterall, this CD brings together some of the best of the musical output from the cable television series. Granted, this is familiar territory and fans looking for fresh Sponge will be as satisfied as Mr. Krabs with an empty cash register. Still, if you want to bring back all the musical memories from Bikini Bottom, this CD is for you. Overflowing with the nice and naughty wit and slapstick comedy of the cartoon series, even old salts will enjoy humming -- and laughing along -- to the tunes about sandy buns and tighty whiteys.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What does it mean when a favorite television character behaves badly? Does it make the behavior seem more acceptable? Would you be able to get away with saying things that SpongeBob and Patrick say?

  • SpongeBob began as a simple cartoon character. Now he is an easily recognizable image and the television series has grown to include merchandising, a movie, and multiple recordings. Do you think it's fun to listen to music by a TV character?

  • Does this album help promote the television show? Do you think this part of the reason why the album was made? Can you think of any other items that are used to promote a television show or movie, like toys, or school supplies?

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