"Wake Me Up" (CD Single)

Music review by
Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media
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Clean electronic dance track with country-pop feel.

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Positive Messages

This is a positive song that encourages listeners to harness their inner strength and follow their dreams, despite challenges and confusions they may face along the way. The vocals acknowledge the difficulty of growing up and also express gratitude for discovering the way to fulfillment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Avicii is a young club DJ who has reached a tremendous amount of fame in a short time. Though some of his previous songs are about drinking and partying, it's clear from "Wake Me Up" that not only is he interested in pursuing interesting new directions with his music, but he's also thinking consciously about where he's been, where he is presently, and where the road ahead of him may lead.


The song is perfectly clean, but there's a lot of bare skin in the video, including a belly button-pierced midriff.


The music video has product placements for Ralph Lauren and Sony.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Wake Me Up" is an upbeat dance track by Swedish producer and house DJ Avicii, co-written by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and soul singer Aloe Blacc, who also guests on vocals. This chart-topping single offers listeners a buoyant message about moving beyond the confusion and alienation of growing up, and it encourages them to forge their own path to happiness. Though Avicii's reputation is built around his work in the electronic dance music scene, "Wake Me Up" infuses elements of country and pop into the mix, with jangly guitars and live vocals contributing to the hook of this undeniably catchy song. This is a clean, kid-friendly track, with no strong language, sex, or violence. The accompanying music video is mild as well, although there are a few instances of corporate product placement by Sony and Ralph Lauren, and some bare skin, which includes a woman's belly button-pierced midriff dancing in a sweaty, pulsating club.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bycinnagurl October 5, 2013

Pretty Good

Well this actually a pretty good song despite it being a hit (im a not a huge fan of the hits when it comes to EDM) but let me make this clear. it is NOT as goo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAvicii February 17, 2020

Best AVICII song there is!

Its DEFINITELY the best song he has even made however its a bit more lyrical than say, levels or jailbait. Nothing wrong with that though! Aloe Blacc has a grea... Continue reading

What's the story?

\"WAKE ME UP\" is a chart-topping single by Swedish DJ Avicii, the first to be released off his forthcoming album True. The electronic dance track introduces elements of country, pop, and rock into a pulsing dance beat and has soulful vocals courtesy of Aloe Blacc. The song is about finding the path to happiness and fulfillment, despite the darkness and confusion many people struggle through on their way there.

Is it any good?

Avicii has built his reputation on dance music, and "Wake Me Up" takes his club-ready electronica in a new direction. By collaborating with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and soul singer Aloe Blacc the country-pop elements in this track sound natural and well-executed. The result is an instantly catchy hit with an uplifting chorus, thoughtful lyrics, and pulsing dance beat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages found in the song lyrics. What does the line "All this time I was finding myself / And I didn't know I was lost" mean?

  • Help kids and teens write lyrics of their own. Explore some of the themes and subjects that occupy a lot of their time and attention. Channel those thoughts and feelings into words and lyrics. Listen to their song unfold.

  • Do you think Avicii will continue to grow as an artist by incorporating other styles of music into his dance tracks? What are some other genres you would like him to see him explore?

Music details

  • Artist: Avicii
  • Release date: July 17, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: PRMD
  • Genre: Dance/pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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