A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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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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?
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