The Wanted



Charming Brits sing sweet songs; videos are sexier.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Songs are about love and living in the moment.

Positive role models

This Brit boy band charms with songs about love and relationships, but with a slightly sexier vibe than the typical boy bands that are popular on the tween scene.

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Most of the songs are clean; the song "Lightning" talks about that "first kiss" with anticipatory lyrics like "your skin, your touch, your kiss, the brush, too much, and here it comes..." The video to the song (included on the Special Edition) does show kissing and couples making out in and out of a car, with girls running around in their underwear.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Glad You Came" has mild references to drinking, and the video shows young people drinking at a beach party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wanted's self-titled album is mostly OK for tweens, with clean lyrics and some relationship talk. "Glad You Came" has references to drinking, and the video shows young people drinking at a beach party. This Brit boy band definitely has a sexier edge, as shown by their video to the single "Lightning," which is included on the Special Edition album. It shows couples making out and some playful sexual situations.

What's the story?

Brit boy band The Wanted are rapidly making their way to the top of the U.S. charts and playlists of tweens and teens with their album THE WANTED. It includes their previous hit single, "All Time Low," in addition to the chart-topper "Glad You Came." There's a special-edition version that features three additional tracks, as well as videos for "Glad You Came" and "Lightning."

Is it any good?


The allure of The Wanted is obvious when you hear their music: It's upbeat, rhythm-driven techno with smart lyrics and harmonies to boot. It doesn't hurt that they're European and quite lovey to look at, as well. Favorites "Glad You Came" and "All Time Low," although similar in sound, still anchor the record, and "Lightning" and "Satellite" show why these young gents are so popular. "Chasing the Sun" hints at some Beatles-esque harmonies with the techno touch, and the bonus video to "Lightning," although sexier than expected, shows the appeal that this band has for tweens (and possibly their moms!).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the best way to monitor what music kids listen to watch. What are your family's rules about listening to music and watching videos?

  • This album is mostly OK for tweens, but the included video is too sexy. What can parents do when music videos to OK songs are inappropriate?

  • What do you like most about The Wanted? Do their good looks play a role in their success? Would you like the band if they were just regular-looking guys?

Music details

Artist:The Wanted
Release date:April 24, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRobbShowMovieReviews May 26, 2012

The Wanted Music Review

Good songs are fun to listen to but not perfect.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviedudde18 September 11, 2012


Pretty good...
Teen, 14 years old Written bycharlie.rainbow July 7, 2012

British Boy Band Slightly More Mature Than One Direction

Really good music! British boys bands are really coming back with The Wanted and One Direction. However, The Wanted is has slightly more mature content than One Direction...Still, The Wanted's songs are catchy and overall, pretty good. "Glad You Came" is has some lyrics like, "So let's go somewhere no one else can see, you and me Turn the lights out now Now I'll take you by the hand Hand you another drink Drink it if you can" "Lightning" has lyrics like "Yeah,your skin,the touch,the kiss, The rush, too much,and here it comes. When your lips touch mine, It's the kiss of life, I know, I know that it's a little bit frightening, We might as well be playing with lightning." and "Just you and me and the coats in the back room, Learning things they don't teach in the classroom, Now,you're here,I feel the fear, Now everything is oh,so clear." But other songs like "Warzone," "All Time Low," and "Chasing the Sun" are cleaner. However the music videos for "Glad You Came" and "Warzone" are not appropriate for younger children...
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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