"Turn Me On" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rap diva pairs with cool club DJ in fairly clean track.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No positive or negative messages, only a somewhat mature summary of romantic behaviors between two adults.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This song is not meant to promote role models.


Some light allusions to sexual situations: "Doctor, doctor, where you at? ... My body needs a hero, come and save me ... Make me come alive, come on, turn me on, touch me."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Turn Me On" seems tame compared with Nicki Minaj's (and David Guetta's) former releases. It contains no profanity, violence, or references to illegal substances, and it goes pretty light on the sex talk, including just a few charged lines like "Boy, I’m achin,' make it right / My temperature is super high / If I scream, if I cry, it’s only ’cause I feel alive." For younger kids just dying to hear Nicki Minaj music, this is one of her most acceptable picks. Note: the video is racier than the song.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybob marley bro sci March 26, 2012

baaaaad review

TWAS discraceful when they said the word lol
Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 February 14, 2012

well lets just say

i am, not usualy mutch of a rap fan but i love this song it realy turns me on lol
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan November 15, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song. Nicki Minaj fits in nicely. But it is still best for older kids. There are some suggestive lyrics, but nothing too bad. Both artis... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySunnytigress December 26, 2015

Very sexual song, but catchy and addictive

First things first, I don't like rating for age, because I judge whether kids should listen to a song or not based on their maturity level, rather than age... Continue reading

What's the story?

Known for pairing up with some of the biggest singers and rappers in music, renowned DJ David Guetta collaborated with rap queen Nicki Minaj for his latest single "TURN ME ON." In contrast to most of Minaj's music, this track is downright clean -- offering just a few vaguely steamy lyrics, such as "Doctor, doctor, where you at? ... My body needs a hero, come and save me ... Make me come alive, come on, turn me on, touch me," and no other adult content or profanity.

Is it any good?

David Guetta is known for infectious beats, and this track is no exception. Most of the lyrics are sung by a solid female vocalist that some will be surprised to learn is Nicki Minaj, swapping her usual rapping for singing (to good effect). Die-hard Minaj fans, never fear: Minaj reverts to her typical frenetic rapping in the final verse.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nicki Minaj's music has changed along with her rising popularity. As she has gained more mainstream fame, why might her music have become less explicit?

  • What other artists have toned down their music as they've grown more and more popular?

Music details

  • Artists: David Guetta, Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: January 9, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: EMI
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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