"The Edge of Glory" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
No profanity or sex, but glorifies troubled relationships.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

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Positive Messages

Perpetuates the allure of addictive relationships: "I need a man that thinks it's right when it's so wrong."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Advocates crossing the line into negative relationship behavior: "It's time to feel the rush, to push the dangerous / I'm gonna run back to, to the edge with you where we can both fall over in love."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking a shot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "The Edge of Glory" doesn't include profanity or graphic references to sex, substance use (aside from one line about drinking a shot), or violence, it makes stormy romantic relationships seem cool -- a troubling message that often crops up in Lady Gaga songs. Parents might want to point out that the behavior that's glamorized here isn't healthy in real life.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bychagsters January 28, 2012


Beautiful song with beautiful lyrics of one's last moment on Earth. Instant pop classic!
Adult Written byiLoveMusic22 January 2, 2012

Amazing song, brain dead reviewers

I'm seriously infuriated right now, I have been reading reviews on here for forever, and this just tipped me over the edge. THE FREAKING ARROGANCE OF THESE... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 27, 2020

Anthem for risk takers

Once you see past the drinking and the adult behavior, this song is all about taking chances. It talks about taking risks, in life and in love. It's also a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 18, 2012

lady gaga`s best song

while lady gaga dosen`t come across as likeable as owl city,weird al,all american rejects,katy perry,carly ray jepsen or evanescense as examples she is however... Continue reading

What's the story?

"THE EDGE OF GLORY" is the second single from the album Born This Way by mega pop star Lady Gaga. Unlike many of her earlier hits, this track omits graphic descriptions of sex, substance use, and violence, and it steers clear of explicit language. But the song makes harmful romantic relationships seem cool -- the wrong message to send to young tweens and teens in the process of learning how to develop healthy relationships. Parents of the younger set may want to explain the ropes to their kids before letting them listen to this song.

Is it any good?

The ubiquitous sound of the synthesizer is once again present in this Lady Gaga tune, though it's backed by a refreshing saxophone hook that helps distinguish this song from the rest of the pack. Gaga's pipes also sound especially strong here, demonstrating that she can keep up with the best of pop's vocal big guns.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some people are drawn to bad relationships. Why would someone decide to stay in -- or even seek out -- a relationship that harms them?

  • Lady Gaga's songs tend to celebrate unhealthy relationships. Why do you think she continues to sing about this topic?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: May 9, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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