A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "We Are Young" describes a group of young adults who partake in alcohol and drugs while out on the town, proceeding to get so wasted they can't stand up. Though this song includes no profanity or graphic references to sex and violence, the substance abuse alone is enough to make the tune decidedly too mature for younger kids.
What's the story?
Indie popsters fun. (yes, with the period) party big in \"WE ARE YOUNG,\" the first single from their second album, Some Nights. The track describes a bar scene, where a guy attempts to rectify hurtful behavior toward someone he cares for by offering to carry her home if she gets too wasted.
Is it any good?
fun. is going for an anthem-like sound in "We Are Young," layering a rat-a-tat drum beat behind a big, Freddie Mercury-esque chorus. This song is no "We Are the Champions," but it still stands out among the plethora of synth-pop songs. Ethereal guest vocals from Janelle Monae help set the tune apart.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why overindulging in alcohol and using drugs can be dangerous. What are some of the consequences of binge-drinking and using drugs?
Why do so many pop songs celebrate partying and overindulging? Do these types of songs make it seem fun or glamorous to drink or use drugs?
This track also prizes youth. Can you think of other songs that also celebrate being young? Why is this such a popular theme?
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