"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Swift draws a hard relationship line in strong, clean track.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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

Positive Messages

After some relationship melodrama, Swift makes the positive decision to end a relationship that just isn't right.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song encourages listeners to get out of a bad relationship.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a clean song about a girl who finally cuts the cord on a dysfunctional romance. There's no profanity or graphic references to sex, substances, or violence -- making this another completely acceptable Taylor Swift song for impressionable young tweens and teens who are learning the relationship ropes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCooldee October 2, 2012

You can be in a relationship with someone that will treat you right and well!

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" tells women and girls that they should not stay in a bad relationship with a man. Women and girls can be in... Continue reading
Adult Written bycdsfan September 10, 2012

stuck in my head

i am a guy and i cant help but sing along to this song i love it sooo mutch and i think it may be a good message to tween or teen girls or guys even about when... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2020

No, you really aren't ever getting back together!

This song shows kids when it's smart to break up--when the insults start to fly, it's time to trash it. It's a bit racy, though--great for older... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byem.m_carter May 25, 2018

Love it

I might be biased since I love Taylor Swift, but I think this song was great. Doesn't talk about sex, consumerism, drinking, drugs. Nope. Just a girl and w... Continue reading

What's the story?

"WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER" is the lead track from the hotly anticipated fourth full-length album by pop-country superstar Taylor Swift. In this song, Swift revisits a familiar topic -- turbulent romantic relationships -- and, using strong yet clean lyrics, boots a guy who has toyed with her emotions one too many times. With a string of notorious exes, including Joe Jonas, John Mayer, and Jake Gyllenhaal, the real inspiration behind the tune is anyone's guess.

Is it any good?

Swift shows a fire on this track that boosts her vocal performance beyond her normally acceptable standard. Joined in the chorus by several other young women, the single sounds like a cute, self-confident anthem for never settling for second best in relationships.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some people stick with relationships that bring them down and lower their self-esteem. Why is it so hard to break free?

  • Swift is known for singing songs about her famous exes; who do you think this one's about? Why do you think she includes details or clues about her personal life in her songs?

  • Why do you think Swift continues to be so popular? Is it her voice, lyrics, or something else?

Music details

  • Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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