"Tik Tok" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Catchy club song glamorizes drinking and partying.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 143 reviews

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Positive Messages

Hard partying themes, along with references to alcohol promote irresponsible behavior. "Now, now -- we goin’ til they kick us out, out, Or the police shut us down, down, Police shut us down, down, Po-po shut us -- Don’t stop, make it pop, DJ, blow my speakers up."

Positive Role Models & Representations

No good role models. Using alcohol to have fun is a key message.

Violence

One line boasts about hitting a guy: "Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk."

Sex

"Boys trying to touch my junk"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (or should it read: alcoholism) is glamorized as a fun part of partying and everyday life. "Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack [Daniels]." "Ain’t got a care in world, but got plenty of beer, ain’t got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know in general this is a fun, frivolous song about hitting the clubs and partying with friends. But several references to alcohol (including brushing teeth with Jack Daniels) may lead listeners to the conclusion that in order to party hearty, you need to get drunk. On the single, Ke$ha has run-ins with police and drunken groping men, while bragging that she won't be home all night.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMy Pop Culture ... February 3, 2021

Nice song about self esteem.

Most current high schoolers and college students remember when the title was this iconic Kesha song instead of an app . I for one am one of those people. I real... Continue reading
Adult Written byLikee June 25, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 5, 2018

CSM is overreacting again

When I was younger, I distinctly remember my mom prohibiting me from listening to this song. However, when I finally listened to it, it turned out that it'... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlanner2003SD May 20, 2021

good for mature preteens and young teenagers

great for all ages they don't care about the crappy lrycis they wanna have fun and dance!

What's the story?

TIK TOK is Ke$ha's debut single, although the 22-year old singer-songwriter came into the public spotlight earlier this year thanks to her collaboration with Flo Rida on his hit single "Right Round." The brash and bold songstress has her first album due out in early 2010, but this single has topped the charts for several months. Recounting her exploits of hard partying, flirting, and just general misbehavior, "TIk Tok" is all about not letting anything get in the way of a good time.

Is it any good?

Ke$ha has proved she has a strong, powerful voice that's backed up by a devil-may-care attitude and swagger that's usually reserved for the boys of hip-hop. This was immediately evident on her world debut "Right Round" collaboration. But "Tik Tok" fails to capture all the high-octane personality that Ke$ha previously brought to the table. Over-production is most obviously to blame, as Ke$ha's voice is consistently garbled and digitized thanks to someone with a heavy hand on the autotune button. The bold, in-your-face attitude is still apparent on this track, but Ke$ha's clear and distinct vocal abilities aren't there to carry the song far enough to stand out from the pack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about alcohol and the media. What examples can you find in music and in film that make drinking look cool? Have you noticed any ads that try to sell the coolness of alcohol? Does this make you feel at all pressured to experiment with alcohol?

  • Ke$ha sings about staying up all night and partying. What do you think the effects would be on your life if you did that all the time? Would you be able to get good grades or succeed in school? Would adults who acted like this be able to hold down a well-paying job or have a satisfying career?

  • Families can talk about how role models can influence behavior. When you hear Ke$ha sing about reckless partying, does it make you think this behavior is a little more acceptable than you would have previously thought? Do you think celebrities that act this way get more attention than those who behave nicely?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: November 7, 2009
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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