"Want U Back" (CD Single)

Catchy pop track is fun but has a revenge theme.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not the greatest message: The singer realizes she's made a mistake only because her ex isn't crying over her, so she wants him back.

Positive role models

Lloyd certainly has a spunky style that is unique and shows her strong spirit, so for that she could be a positive role model. But the message of this song, paired with her slightly vengeful attitude, isn't.


Video shows a playful Lloyd getting back at her happier-without-her ex with his new girl by messing with images of them on an iPad; one scene shows Lloyd taking a tattoo needle and scribbling hard on the girl's arm to mess it up.

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Lyrics imply that Lloyd is saying "s--t" but it's actually just her saying "shhh" each time: "Now I feel like shhh lookin' at you flyin', I want you back."


Lloyd was a finalist on The X Factor, and was handpicked by Simon Cowell to be signed to his record label.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brit Cher Lloyd sings about regret in her single "Want U Back." The former X Factor finalist uses clean language (the word "s--t" is implied but not actually stated), but the content is a little vengeful and negative because she only wants her ex back because he's happy without her, not because she actually loves him. It's all playful and sassy, but not the best message for young tweens. The video shows Lloyd getting back at her ex with his new girl by messing with images of them on an iPad.

What's the story?

Sassy Brit and former finalist on the reality competition show The X Factor Cher Lloyd sings about regret in the funky pop single "WANT U BACK," featuring young rapper Astro. The song is about a girl who realizes she's made a mistake only because her ex isn't crying over her, so she wants him back. The video features the tattooed, coquettish, and angel-faced Lloyd playfully acting out revenge on images of her ex with his new girl.

Is it any good?


Although the message of "Want U Back" isn't the most positive (Lloyd only wants her ex back when she realizes he's not crying over her), taken for what it is, the song's fun and one that many people can relate to, whether they admit it or not. Who doesn't want their ex to be devastated over a breakup? Lloyd is establishing a perky, no-nonsense style that suits her, and "Want U Back" leaves you wanting a little more of her spunk and cuteness.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the rise to stardom that comes from participation on reality shows like The X Factor. Do you think these artists deserve the breaks they get? Considering the fact that many reality competition winners aren't always successful, do you think these shows find real talent? Or is it just a quick way to 15 minutes of fame?

  • Do you like when singers features guest rappers in their songs, as Lloyd does here? Why do you think pop singers feel the need to include a rapper? Does it make the song more marketable to a wider audience?

  • How do you feel about the song's message? Is revenge ever OK?

Music details

Artist:Cher Lloyd
Release date:June 22, 2012
Label:Syco Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old September 23, 2012
age 5+

why on earth could it POSSIBLY be bad?

I listen to cher lloyd most the time! my bro who is 6 listens to it!!! take this, sometimes i dance with my lil sister - 2 - and i put on random music channel, i dont care what the song is neither does anyone else really!! basically it really good!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2012
age 6+

i love it

i love the cd my fav song is want you back
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byxGraciebear October 17, 2012
age 14+

Catchy Tune, Negative Impact

Uhg. Not a very good song. It's catchy and upbeat, but that's the extent of it. In the song, either it's showing Cher is extremely narcissistic or the girl she's portraying is. It's definitely realistic, but the fact so many girls think it's awesome for the message it carries is horrible. This is an extremely negative message. "I broke up with my boyfriend because he wasn't that cool anymore." "Now I'm seeing him with another girl, but I'm not jealous." "I want him to run back to me and forget her because I'm clearly better in style and looks." >.> .. horrible, horrible, horrible. Fun to dance to, but let me tell you, don't let your daughters look up to that like it's gospel. Or friends, even.


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