"Team" (CD single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Catchy single shows unglamorous reality of being a teen.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The overall message of the song and video, with the repetition of "we're on each other's team," is that friends support each other. 


Positive Role Models & Representations

Lorde's lyrics reject the luxurious lifestyle that's often glamorized in pop music and instead focus on issues relevant to the average teen, making her a strong role model.


Although the song itself doesn't have any violence, the music video shows two teens "jousting" on motorcycles with baseball bats with the loser getting a bloody nose.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that New Zealand singer Lorde's single "Team" is a catchy, club-ready tune about being a regular teen far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. With no references to drugs or alcohol, no iffy language or sexy stuff, and a positive message about supporting your friends, this song is fine for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybabymonkee May 14, 2014


a great song from lorde! fine for 8 year olds , younger children wont get the meaning though, its a lovley family song to play in the car!

little (9)
Kid, 9 years old January 30, 2014

I'm on "Team"'s team!

OK, this isn't precisely my favorite song, and at first I thought it would just be an average pop song that would fall in 1 week, but I WAS WRONG. "Te... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 January 29, 2014

Another good Lorde song

Along with "Royals" and "Tennis Court", "Team" is one of my favorite Lorde songs. It's kind of hard for me to tell what the s... Continue reading

What's the story?

TEAM is the third single from Lorde's album Pure Heroine. The moody dance track describes being an average teen at a dance or club in "cities you'll never see on-screen." The music video shows a gritty gang initiation where teen boys "joust" on motorcycles, interspersed with images of Lorde and others in a tribal group setting. After the fight, the loser is still welcomed into the tribe.

Is it any good?

Although it doesn't quite have the magic of "Royals," "Team" still shows Lorde can perfectly capture what it's like to be a teenager struggling with the disparity between what the media shows life should be like and reality. Also, the lyrics "I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air," show a deeper commentary on Lorde's rejection of mindless pop music. But, beyond the layers of meaning, it's a catchy, addictive track.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lorde's image. Do you think she's a more positive role model than most pop stars today?

  • What do you think of the music video? Do you think it goes well with the song?

  • Do you think Lorde's music accurately reflects the average teen?

Music details

  • Artist: Lorde
  • Release date: January 1, 2014
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Lava
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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