"Sweet Nothing" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Hot DJ, singer team up in moody, powerful track.

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

Positive Messages

A few bleak, yet not necessarily negative, messages about feeling "empty" and "hollow" after losing the person you love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song is about despair over a breakup, not being a role model.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Sweet Nothing" is hardly a light, carefree tune with lines like "There is a hollow in me now ... I'm trying to hope with nothing to hold." That said, it offers no graphic language or lyrics about sex, substance use, or violence –– making it an overall acceptable pick for tweens and teens who can handle the song's melancholy tone.

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Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2016

Really good song

If you can handle the lyrics that are basically about a breakup, it's awesome.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySally-- May 27, 2013

Good Song

I really like this song a lot. There is nothing inappropriate about it but some people may think she is saying sex instead of such. I did at first.

What's the story?

In the single "SWEET NOTHING," smash DJ Calvin Harris partners up with yet another music sensation: Florence Welch, lead singer of the pop–rock band Florence + the Machine. The fifth song from 18 Months, Harris's third full–length record, the track marries the British DJ's infectious beats with Welch's powerful pipes.

Is it any good?

There's a reason why both Calvin Harris and Florence Welch have each been so successful: They're exceptional music artists. The combination of the two packs an especially powerful punch, marrying Harris' electrifying beats with Welch's chilling (in a great way) vocals.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the meaning behind the lyrics "I'm trying to hope with nothing to hold ... I'm living on such sweet nothing."

  • How do you feel when you're in a rift with someone you care about and you haven't had contact with that person in a while?

  • Are strong, meaningful bonds with other people an essential ingredient for overall happiness? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artists: Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
  • Release date: October 11, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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