Stars Dance

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Tired, mildly suggestive collection of generic dance-pop.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

While many of the songs are supposed to be uplifting, they read as inauthentic and essentially promote a party-based lifestyle.

Positive role models & representations

While Gomez is clearly trying to maintain her role model status, her songs about embracing her wild side and wanting to dance all night aren't exactly inspiring.


The album avoids any explicit lyrics (other than a few uses of "sexy"), but is permeated with not-so-subtle innuendos and references like "do it," "mouth to mouth resuscitation," "feel your body next to mine all night," and "night and day I'll be your muse."

Drinking, drugs & smoking

One colloquial drug reference: "This beat is crack."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of generic dance-pop from Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is free of explicit content, but filled with mildly suggestive songs about dance-floor bliss and all-night parties. None of the lyrics are shocking or any more sexual than a majority of what's popular on mainstream radio right now, but parents should not expect a squeaky-clean pop princess with a positive message.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRosebud95 August 9, 2013

Don't be so mainstream

Some of the songs are catchy, and her voice seems to be getting better (not as good as Demi, of course). The thing is, it can sometimes get to 'synthy... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bytrustinme September 12, 2013

Girl Power, Positive Album!

Yes, a lot of the songs in this album are about partying, but it's not like We Can't Stop or any of Miley's songs. They're about having fun,... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 28, 2013

It's pretty cool but only for "mature" kids

I think this is a catchy album but its pretty much about partying. She also says Baby a lot, especially in Slow Down, which is probably the best song in the alb...

What's the story?

STARS DANCE is the fourth studio album from former Disney Channel superstar Selena Gomez, though it's technically her first solo effort. However, to call it a solo album is to neglect the fact that pretty much all of the music was created by super-producers and professional songwriters (though Gomez is credited with co-writes on some of the lyrics), which gives the record a very impersonal and inauthentic feel to it. The songs are all heavily electronic-based and could easily blend into any nightclub DJ set, but the constant drops and breakdowns get repetitive quickly, as do the annoying and oft-repeated choruses.

Is it any good?

Hardcore fans of Gomez may enjoy this collection of loud and obnoxious dance music, but pretty much anyone else will probably find it forgettable and regrettable. The lyrics are hollow and barely make sense, the production is over-the-top but somehow boring, and everything sounds so over-processed and manufactured that it's hard not to feel creeped out. Her voice sounds robotic, her message is unclear, and the music seems to lack a purpose, other than large paychecks for all parties involved.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many Disney child stars have gone on to become pop sensations, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and now Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. Why do you think they have been so successful?

  • What do you think of pop music's transition into a heavily EDM-based sound and aesthetic, complete with references to neon lights and extremely loud bass?

  • Why do you think Selena Gomez has maintained a more wholesome image than peers like ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and former Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens?

Music details

For kids who love to dance to EDM

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