"Timber (ft. Ke$ha)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
"Timber (ft. Ke$ha)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Vapid club song mixes dumb lyrics with boring sound.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Typically shallow dance lyrics offer nothing positive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pitbull and Ke$ha have both cast themselves as debauchery-seeking party animals.


Pitbull brags about his sexual conquests as usual, including the lines "I have em' like Miley Cyrus / clothes off," "twerking in their bras and thongs," and "face down, booty up." 


One use of "damn."


Pitbull mentions Voli, a brand of vodka, in a second verse about how rich and successful he is.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Includes the line "One more shot, another round," in addition to the name-dropping of Voli vodka.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Timber (ft. Ke$ha)" is yet another generic dance song from Pitbull about getting wild at the club and dancing all night. Although the lyrics do refer to some frisky dance moves, including "twerking in their bras and thongs," the lyrics are mostly clean, with the exception of one "damn." There's also one mention of alcohol and some bragging by Pitbull.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byTonya S. December 29, 2016

Completely Inappropriate for Kids!!!

Yes the melody and rhythm are catchy, but the lyrics are AWFUL!
I don't agree with how mildly Common Sense Media has rated this song.
Let's begin wit... Continue reading
Adult Written byJayne28 May 18, 2015

Porn references throughout

I value CSM reviews, however, I need to make a correction in the primary review of this song that is misleading.

The song is very sexualized and has many por... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old September 13, 2020


catchy and awesome
Kid, 11 years old December 17, 2013

It's a good song!

I love the beat of this song. It's so catchy and fun to dance to. The only problem with it is when they make a Miley Cyrus reference. They refer to twerki... Continue reading

What's the story?

"TIMBER (FT. KE$HA)" is another hit single from dance-floor rap king Pitbull. The track, which features a chorus sung by pop princess Ke$ha, is featured on the Pitbull EP, titled Meltdown, as well as on a reissue of his smash 2012 album Global Warming.

Is it any good?

The lyrics are unimaginative and goofy, the rapping is tired and sounds like every other Pitbull song, and Ke$ha's guest appearance is useless. Hit-making producer Dr. Luke creates a strange hybrid between house music and square dance, utilizing a harmonica sample that sounds awkward combined with a four-on-the-floor pounding kick drum. Fans of Pitbull and Ke$ha know what to expect and therefore won't be disappointed by this generic offering.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the raunchy lyrics in mainstream dance music. Why is such hypersexual imagery seemingly required in pop these days?

  • Why would two huge artists like Pitbull and Ke$ha want to collaborate? Do you think their reasoning is artistic or commercial?

Music details

  • Artist: Pitbull
  • Release date: October 7, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Dance/pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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