"Titanium" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Dance tune about staying strong has some violent imagery.





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Positive messages

A positive message about staying tough when someone tries to knock you down.

Positive role models

Encourages listeners to be strong and to ignore naysayers.


Hurtful words and actions are compared to being "riddled with bullets."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the song "Titanium" doesn't promote actual violence, it's based on a violent metaphor that equates hurtful words and actions to bullets and being shot. The track doesn't include profanity, sex, or other adult content.

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What's the story?

Known for teaming up with other immense musical talents, French DJ David Guetta has asked singer Sia for an assist on his single "TITANIUM." This tune from Guetta's fifth album, Nothing but the Beat, describes how hurtful words and actions are akin to being "riddled with bullets." The song encourages listeners to stay strong in the face of naysayers.

Is it any good?


The master of infectious dance beats, David Guetta does another respectable job with this track. Though the end result isn't mind-blowing, the inclusion of strong vocals by Sia helps to make this a solid single.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it feels when someone says or does hurtful things -- and how to cope with those feelings.

  • Do you think mean words can hurt as much as physical pain? Why or why not?

  • What do you think of the collaboration between Sia and David Guetta?

Music details

Artists:David Guetta, Sia
Release date:May 29, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byPiper.Shred December 25, 2014

Great song about overcoming struggles

I love this song. Though it has a few references to guns and shooting, it is used to emphasize the point of the song. It is a song about being strong willed and standing up for yourself. If anything, kids should be encouraged to listen to this song.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byHoldy June 30, 2014

Sia is the BOMB

This is really a song about being strong. I see the one line, "you shoot me down" but I don't really see how that's violent if it's metaphorical
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Teen, 13 years old Written byslyfox432 October 13, 2013

Educational and inspirational! No concerns!

We were doing a project in our ELA class to find simalies and metaphors in songs, and one of the songs we used was this song. Epic song, very inspirational ( and educational ) . "Shoot me down but I won't fall I am Titanium" is a metaphor. And I'm sure you'll find many more in there. My P.E. teacher also uses this song while were stretching in the beginning of class. Love this song also! Awesome lyrics! I think this song is meant for tweens and up!
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