"Team" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Catchy single shows unglamorous reality of being a teen.





What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:January 1, 2014
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byILikeReviewingThings March 27, 2015

Appropiate But Unhappy Song

Lorde isn't the innapropiate type of band. But they are usually singing in an unhappy tone which I don't like because people are supposed to be happy and the message is just depressed all over. Seriosuly Lorde, listen to Happy by Pharrell Williams the happiest song writer of the earth. This song is appropiate and has no drug, violence, or sexual content. But it's sad. Lorde, be happy!!!
Kid, 11 years old June 3, 2014

Not felling it

This is a song that makes me unhappy. I don,t think that her voice is happy it is kind of dipressing!
Parent 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)


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