"The Time of My Life" (CD single)

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Uplifting, positive song from Idol winner.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"And I'll taste every moment/and live it out loud/I know this is the time/this is the time" sums it up.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Obvious tie-in to American Idol.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single was the final celebration song on American Idol Season 7. It's full of uplifting, positive messages about living in the moment and was the number one song on iTunes.

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What's the story?

A power ballad of sorts, this song was written by Regie Hamm and sung by David Cook after becoming the winner of American Idol.

Is it any good?


David Cook shines as he belts out his last song on the Idol stage. The tune is a perfect choice to showcase his American rocker vocal range, bringing forth the raspy sounds when needed and the clear, emotional notes from the bottom of his soul. The uplifting ballad is sure to be an anthem heard at many sporting events, in commercials, and at school dances, as it's full of positive messages about living in the moment and appreciating all you have. Putting the cheesy factor and generic made-for-TV sound aside, it will no doubt be a source of inspiration for many people.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of American Idol contestants releasing huge-selling albums. Do you think David Cook would be a famous singer without the benefit of exposure on the popular TV show? Also, how does the show mold its artists?

Music details

Artist:David Cook
Release date:May 23, 2008
Label:19 Recordings
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bywordnerd1121 March 27, 2012


I have been listening to David Cook's music since I was 14 and have continuously been surprised by his music. It's awesome, beautiful and intelligent.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bywondergirl_is_back April 9, 2008
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This is a great song!

I thought Archie was gonna win but I love David Cook!He is so sweet and has an amazing voice! This is a great song and every one should listen to it!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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I Like It.

I like the song. Deffinatly think Archie should have won. Trying not to make that affect the review. But decent song, nothing great.


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