"Tik Tok" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Catchy club song glamorizes drinking and partying.

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What parents need to know

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

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."

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Written byAnonymous February 24, 2013
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18
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Violence is in this song. Not Needed Not for kids.

The line puts the Violence before she inputs the sex. Which means this is not needed for.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2011
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11
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Way To Focused Towards Drinking and Parties

Highlights: Good choice to dance to and excellent beat. Partying/Drinking: Too much to name. Sex: "Boys trying to touch my junk."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 11, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Good Song, and a Review from A Tween's POV

I honestly think this a great song. The singing, passable, The messages? Not too great. It talks about partying excessively and not coming back home. But lets be really clear here, by the time I was 11, I was already aware of everything on this track. Drinking and getting wasted, partying and not making it back home. Parents, your kids are already aware of these things. However I would not tell anyone to listen to this song to anyone under the age of 10. If you are worried, just give your kids a talk about this saying its not a good example. But come on, parents. The longer you keep your kids in the dark, the more probable it will be that they will go to the dark side. Overall, good song, just make sure your kids know that this is not a good example of what to do.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2015
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15
QUALITY
 

Pop princess sings again in alcohol filled song

What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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