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"Turn up the Radio" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Dance track is fine for kids but forgettable.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A conflicted message about not letting life get you down, yet instead of working through problems, trying to run from them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The singer of "Turn Up the Radio" projects a positive attitude about life, but prefers to avoid tough issues rather than tackle them.


While the lyrics are free of sexual content, the video  shows some scantily clad people.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Turn Up the Radio" is a very clean song (especially by Madonna's standards), containing no mature lyrics or language whatsoever. That said, the track features somewhat incompatible messages: Don't let your problems get the best of you, yet blowing them off is OK -- "We gotta have fun, it's all that we do."

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Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 23, 2013

Clean and catchy, but nothing special

No bad messages, but not any good messages either. This song is about listening to loud music, yet it's also about having a song that makes you feel better... Continue reading

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What's the story?

"TURN UP THE RADIO" is another in a long line of fun-focused singles from music's queen of the good time, Madonna. The third single off the album MDNA, this squeaky-clean tune talks about getting in the car and driving far away in search of fun. In the video (shot in Italy), Madonna is driven around in a convertible, stopping several times along the way to pick up lots of scantily clad people (mostly men).

Is it any good?

Singing has never been Madonna's strong suit, so it's a good thing that danceable beats -- which this song has -- are the primary draw for her fans. Like most Madonna tracks, this tune will work well in the club rotation, even if it won't win any awards for best vocal performance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about constructive ways to work through difficult feelings and situations. Is it a good idea to avoid your problems?

  • In this song, Madonna sings, "Don't ask me to explain how I feel." What are some of the things that can happen when you keep feelings bottled up inside?

  • Do you think Madonna is still relevant? Why or why not?


Music details

  • Artist: Madonna
  • Release date: August 1, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes

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