"Walking on Air" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Sexy, lame dance track celebrates love with cliched lyrics.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Though the upbeat track talks about the uplifting power of love, the message isn't really positive or negative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perry hasn't always been the best role model, but her music often focuses on empowerment for women, which is a good message.


The song features lyrics like "You reading me like erotica" and "Just when I think I can't take anymore / We go deeper and harder / Than ever before."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Walking on Air" is the third single from Katy Perry's album Prism. This upbeat, '90s-influenced dance track celebrates the uplifting power of love. Though the song skips iffy language or references to drugs or alcohol, the sexy lyrics make it best for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 28, 2014

Walking on the Radio Airwaves, therefore Clean!

"Erotica" is not even a cuss word, let alone not a sexual topic if only the word is mentioned.
Kid, 11 years old January 15, 2015

2 stars is not enough !!!!!!!!!!

CSM rated this with two stars?I lovvve this song.
Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2013

My thought

Good. Catchy tune.

What's the story?

Katy Perry's third single from her album Prism, WALKING ON AIR, is a '90s-style dance track about the transcendent power of love. The track is the second single from the album produced by Swedish songwriter Klas Ahlund.

Is it any good?

Though it's nice to see Perry continuing to explore new styles on Prism, "Walking on Air" falls a bit flat. The vocals are breathy and miss her signature power, and the lyrics are pretty laughable when you get beyond the crazy-repetitive "I'm walking on air" with gems like "Even heaven is jealous of our love / Yes, we make angels cry." This single will be perfect for the club but is probably one you can leave off your iPod.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the singles from Prism. Which one do you like best?

  • Why do you think Perry has chosen to try so many different styles on Prism?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: September 30, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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