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

Common Sense Media says

Swift draws a hard relationship line in strong, clean track.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 15 years old Written byJaniceluv1D September 20, 2012
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We are never ever getting back together

The boy is shown in a bar talking to a girl on the phone + breaking up with them also!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byTripFoot September 2, 2012
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Suckiest song ever!

A good song, by most people's standards, needs a good message, a catchy tune, and good lyrics. This song fails to deliver all of them. This song is about breaking up - how cliched. The tune isn't at all interesting - my baby brother's made up songs are better, and Swift's voice (which sounds like an annoing teenager voice) is extraordinarily irritating. And last of all, the lyrics are very boring, full of cliches - "We are never ever getting back together." Wow, really? A bajillion songs come to mind about this topic which have similar lyrics - like "Hot N Cold" "Somebody I used to know" and much more. And sometimes, you can listen to bad songs, if they have at least a good beat so you can dance to them - well, not this one. But the most annoying thing about this song is that Common Sense Media, whom I often trust to give me good song advice, gave this song four stars! This is a great shame, especially when they gave other songs, which are much better than this one, a bad rating. For example, "Somebody I Used to Know", an original, catchy, song with fun lyrics, was given three stars, when this piece of crap was praised. Well, I can say nothing else except that Common Sense Media disgusts me. BTW, I gave this song such a low age because older kids will realize how dumb and empty it is, and hate it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 September 3, 2012
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Catchy single from TS

This song is a different sound from Taylor Swift (it's like pop/R&B, not country) and the music/lyrics can get repetitive. But I really like it. It's catchy. This is a breakup song, but there's no sexual content. It also has a good message about leaving a bad relationship.
What other families should know
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