The Young and the Hopeless

Common Sense Media says

Sometimes rude, crude, and lewd, and humorous.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Riot Girl" praises body piercings, tattoos, and attitude. "The Day That I Die" describes suicide.


"My Bloody Valentine" describes stalking a rival boyfriend and ripping out his throat. "Hold On" refers to an abusive father. "The Day That I Die" contemplates suicide.


In "Girls & Boys," the "girls with the bodies like the boys with Ferraris/?. She'll get what she wants if she's willing to please."


Occasional crude language describes rich celebrities (they "piss and moan"), while direct and forceful terms depict an alcoholic father ("The Story Of My Old Man") and a murderous boyfriend ("My Bloody Valentine").


Despite isolated references to "Ferraris," "Christina," and "Britney," the lyrics do not extol name brands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"The Story Of My Old Man" describes a father's alcoholism, and that of his father before him: "Monday he woke up and hated life/ Drank until Wednesday and left his wife."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is a minefield of behavior to be avoided, or a rich source of conversation about tough subjects like alcoholism ("The Story of My Old Man"), crack cocaine ("The Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous"), obsessive love ("My Bloody Valentine"), and suicide ("The Day That I Die").

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Kids say

What's the story?

We hear the tinkly strains of an antique music box morph into punk rock guitar crescendo, only to end in a splintering crash, in the first two minutes of THE YOUNG AND THE HOPELESS. This might symbolically signal Good Charlotte's intentions to deal with leaving the nursery and with growing up in a world that's sometimes exciting, often tedious, and probably unreliable. \"The Anthem\" describes education thus: \"And my high school it felt more to me/ Like a jail cell a penitentiary/Go to college, a university/ Get a real job that's what they said to me/ But I could never live the way they want.\" Contempt for rich whiners drives \"Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.\"

Is it any good?


When you listen to some of the subversive themes on this CD, it's no wonder the band is popular with young teens. But if rebellion is the name of Good Charlotte's game, it's spiced with self-aware humor that keeps them out of the principal's office, and a flickering optimism, found in tracks like "Wondering," that maybe love conquers all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the self-destructive, dangerous behaviors discussed in the songs.

Music details

Artist:Good Charlotte
Release date:September 1, 2002
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKayleann18 October 24, 2012

I will love Good Charlotte until I DIE

This was the first Good Charlotte CD i ever got (I was 5 at least) and now I have every CD even their new one Cardiology. I don't get why common sense is saying the language is bad because it's not, all Joel and Benji talk about in some songs is that "the happiest die of my life is the day that I die". They talked about their dad moving out in "Emotionless" and in "The Story of My Old Man" they talk about their dad again, so what if they talk a little bit about alcohol. There is really NO sex talk, in "My Bloody Valentine" the song is about a guy killing this girls' boyfriend because he is in love with her, that's kind of romantic right? Anyway, I love Good Charlotte they are one of the best bands out there and I will continue to buy every album they make, Just saying Joel is F*cking hot and Benji is too. Peace. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byxTHE EDG3x August 19, 2011

great punk/rock album

this album was really good it talks about things that most people have to deal with and it gave good Charlotte a deserved push. I'm impressed with the sound elements great album with positive messages. "Hold on" talks about never giving up while the "young and the hopeless" talks about growing up. you will get some cussing but nothing that would be bleeped.Overall great album from my backyard band from md.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written bypepper770 January 5, 2011

Great album, Great role models, Some mild references to drugs and violence.

First off, this is a great album. One of their best. Their music may be inappropriate for very young children. It all depends on what your views and morals are. I'm 20 and my mom brought this record for me when I was 12. I personally think Good Charlotte are great role models for kids unlike other bands that are around right now. They make mild references to some violence and some drugs. But this record is mainly for tweens and teens.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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