"Take a Little Ride" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Clean country track is breezy fun for kids and parents.

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Positive Messages

Makes you think of young love and taking drives in warm weather.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aldean is a country boy who sings about good ol' country stuff -- from watching corn grow to driving down dirt roads in a Chevy.

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Consumerism

Mentions driving in a "shiny Chevy."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Take a Little Ride" is a breezy country song that celebrates the joy of a warm night. The lyrics and content are clean, and the track makes you think of young love, summer nights, driving with the windows down, and being carefree.

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What's the story?

"TAKE A LITTLE RIDE" is the lead single off Jason Aldean's fifth album, and continues his romance with the rural life but also with a cutoff-wearing lady friend and, of course, a shiny Chevy truck.

Is it any good?

Aldean has gained popularity with his no-nonsense love of country ("Dirt Road Anthem") paired with a sentimentality ("Don't You Wanna Stay?") that you can't help but like and admire. "Take a Little Ride" is a simple love song with easy, colorful lyrics that take you back to the summer nights of youth. "Turn up the radio, put your pretty pink toes on the dash, lean a seat back, man I swear there ain't nothin' looks better than that." Whether you're a country fan or not, "Take a Little Ride" makes you want to do just that, preferably with the windows down, the radio turned up, and a soft breeze blowing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes country music different from other mainstream genres like rap, pop, or hip-hop.

  • What types of topics are you likely to hear about in country music? Are these subjects universal, or do they appeal more to people who live in small towns?

  • Do you have to like country music to appreciate a song like this one? Why or why not?

Music details

For kids who love country and pop

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