"Tonight Tonight" (CD single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Pop-rock party single is clean, fine for older tweens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Positive overall message about having a good time no matter what kind of day you've had. The song is about dancing and partying but leaves out drinking, drugs, or sex.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You can party like it's your birthday, even when it's not -- and without drinking or drugs.


Talks about girlfriend "cheating," and the video shows a couple making out on a printer.


Mentions Hollywood sign and actor Zach Galifianakis.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is all about having a good time through partying and dancing, but the lyrics steer clear of any mention of alcohol or drugs. There's a reference to a mysterious tattoo that looks like actor Zach Galifianakis. The video shows a couple kissing rather passionately for a few seconds, but other than that it's fine for older kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 16, 2012

Great for older kids!

This song is GREAT! It is really catchy and cool! No cussing at all.I recommend it!!!
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013


The song has a great beginning. It talks about a bad day, and that's something everyone can relate to, which becomes better. You can dance along to it and... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 8, 2012

Really good!

Fun to sing along with.

What's the story?

"TONIGHT TONIGHT" is a single from Nashville band Hot Chelle Rae, (formerly known as Miracle Drug), who apparently got their name from a very enthusiastic MySpace fan. It's an infectious pop-rock tune about having fun and partying the night away after a rough week or bad day. Although the emphasis is on having a good time, there's no mention of drugs or alcohol, making it fine for the middle school crowd.

Is it any good?

"Tonight Tonight" catches your attention from the start with lyrics that talk about a bad week and a cheating girlfriend, then the sarcastic, "la, la, la, whatever, la, la, la, it doesn't matter." Everyone can relate to a bad day and the bliss that comes after when you can let loose with your friends on the weekend. Hot Chelle Rae makes you want to dance like it's your birthday, even if it isn't, and not care who's looking or laughing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of strong language or references to sex in music. This song avoids these things, but many don't. Do you think that kind of content is necessary? Does it make a song better or worse?

  • Have you ever had a really bad day? How do you deal with it? Can you relate to what this song talks about?

Music details

  • Artist: Hot Chelle Rae
  • Release date: June 16, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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