"This Kiss" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Flirty dance-pop follow-up to "Call Me Maybe" is fluffy fun.

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Positive Messages

Talks about the temptation to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Positive Role Models & Representations

So far Jepsen seems to want to keep her lyrics clean for the most part, so most of her music is an OK alternative to other mainstream pop.


Some minor innuendo and obvious reference to some lip action: "This kiss is something I can't resist, your lips are undeniable."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "This Kiss" is the much-anticipated follow-up to the highly contagious single "Call Me Maybe" from Canadian export and Justin Bieber project Carly Rae Jepsen. Its lyrics are clean and lack references to violence or substances, but the track does talk about temptations with someone who isn't your boyfriend/girlfriend.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byVanitasFajitas February 7, 2013

TERRIBLE SONG. Almost as bad as Call Me Maybe...

UGH! I hate this song! It's very irritating and not catchy at all! Why is it that pop music is so terrible nowadays? Better yet, why is it so popular? Most... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2012

So so

I really like Carly Rae Jespen<3 I gave this only 4 stars because the album isn't as good as most of her albums...

What's the story?

"THIS KISS" is Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen's first single since her smash summer sing-a-long hit, "Call Me Maybe." Like "Maybe," it's flirty with a dance-pop beat, but this time it's about fighting the temptation of kissing someone else.

Is it any good?

When Justin Bieber and friends and the entire women's U.S. Olympic swim team spoof your song and make it a worldwide phenomenon, it's hard to follow up. "This Kiss" is a solid sophomore single from Jepsen with a good club beat and smoother, more mature vocals. The grating tech pulses are repetitive and the content about kissing someone who isn't your significant other isn't ideal, but "This Kiss" gives fans another song to listen to a million times over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the worldwide sensation of Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe." It received tons of publicity with Bieber's homemade video spoof as well as one from the Olympic women's swim team and other celebrities. Do you think this song would have been as popular and successful without this priceless publicity? Does music today need gimmicks to win fans?

  • Jepsen has, thus far, produced music that is clean and mostly tween-friendly. Do you think it's necessary for females to portray a sexy image to be relevant today? If so, is this fair?

  • Do you think Jepsen has what it takes to have a long career in pop music? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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