"Survival" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean, positive Olympic theme song about achieving dreams.

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Educational Value

No educational value per se, but teaches kids the value of hard work. 

Positive Messages

Positive messages about staying strong and refusing to give up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages listeners to work hard to achieve their goals.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Survival" is a super-clean single with a positive message about fighting hard to achieve your dreams. The official theme song for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the track is all about never giving up. With no profanity or adult content of any kind, it's an exceptional pick for kids. 

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Kid, 11 years old November 26, 2012

Muse have done it again..

Muse was totally original in this song. They used a bit of there older grooves, mashed it up with the new modern,The 2nd Law, Muse and created this masterpiece!... Continue reading

What's the story?

\"SURVIVAL,\" the official theme song from the 2012 London Summer Olympics, was penned and performed by the UK's own Muse. In a nod to the wide range of kids and people who will be watching the games around the world, the track contains no mature content or language whatsoever. The few lyrics all focus on never giving up on achieving your dreams.

Is it any good?

In classic Muse style, this track includes a big, sweeping rock arrangement with booming vocals to boot. It's a fitting tone for the world's biggest sports contest, associating the Olympic Games with an inspirational feel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the various training and preparation regimens that the various Olympic athletes go through in order to reach the games. 

  • How long do many athletes have to train in order to become the best in their fields? Would you be willing to put that amount of time into your favorite sport?

  • What are some of the qualities that you think each Olympic athlete shares, regardless of her or his sport? Do you think these characteristics could help anyone achieve a dream?

  • Think of a goal you'd like to reach. What do you think an Olympic athlete would say to you to try and help you reach your goal?

Music details

  • Artist: Muse
  • Release date: June 27, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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