"Take It Off" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Extreme drinking, partying in ho-hum dance tune.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 26 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The message in this song is every parent's nightmare: kids go out to a club, get completely smashed, and engage in reckless violence and sexual behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though she hasn't proven to be a complete train wreck in her personal life, Ke$ha sings about such irresponsible behaviors that it takes her solidly out of the role-model running.


Talks about getting so drunk that things turn violent: "Now we're getting so smashed, knocking over trash cans, everybody breakin' bottles."


Nothing too graphic, though plenty of suggestive lines about getting sexual in the dance club: "There's a place downtown where the freaks all come around ... it's a dirty free for all / And they turn me on when they take it off, everybody take it off."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Extreme drunkenness and hardcore partying permeate the whole song. No mention of consequences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single contains troublesome messages for people of any age, let alone impressionable young teens. The entire song is based on getting extremely drunk while out on the town, with the scene deteriorating to the point that people start acting violently (smashing things, etc.) and taking their clothes off in public. While the tune doesn't include any swearing or graphic sexual descriptions, its glorification of drinking to extreme excess is a message that any parent would want their teen to avoid.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrebma97 April 1, 2017

Innuendo abounds; not for kids

Like most Ke$ha songs, this one is a catchy dance tune, but it's also chockfull of alcohol and sexual references. Catchy for dancing but not recommends for... Continue reading
Adult Written byTV-14-DLSV Teen Boy January 31, 2012

" Take It Off " (CD single) is Really good

Im think that " Take It Off " (CD single) Is A really Good song. I Also Liked The Music Video From Music Choice
Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2016


I love this song and Kesha. When I first heard this I was seven and all my friends made up parodies of this where "There's a place in France where the... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 10, 2013

ok for any age

most kids wont know what ke$ha means but she is singing about a strip club

What's the story?

Risque dance-pop princess Ke$ha is at it againin "TAKE IT OFF," the latest single from her album Animal. In this song, Ke$ha engages in some hardcore clubbing and partying, getting so drunk that she and her friends start to knock over trash cans, break bottles, and engage in other acts left up to the imagination. Though there's no explicit mention of sex,the partygoers also take all their clothes off on the dance floor. This track may lack swear words and graphic sexual descriptions, but its out-of-control partying is still a negative message for people of any age, let alone young kids.

Is it any good?

Granted, Ke$ha's music is meant for the clubs, so effects like the auto-tune are to be expected; however, she goes on auto-tune overboard in this track, making it difficult to hear much of her voice at all. The synth beat itself is catchy enough, though it's not much different than her many singles that have come before, making this seem like a ho-hum single overall.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the realities behind extreme drinking -- and how it's not all it's cracked up to be. What are some of the physical and emotional repercussions of getting super drunk?

  • How does it make you feel to see the behavior of someone who's really drunk? Does it seem cool -- or crazy? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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