"We Are Young" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Drinking, drugs in synth-pop party anthem.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 30 reviews

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

Positive Messages

A negative message about getting inebriated out at the bars: "So if by the time the bar closes, you feel like falling down / I'll carry you home."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song is about overindulging in alcohol and using substances.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several lines about drinking and "getting high."

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRosebud95 August 23, 2013

Annoyingly catchy

And it's not THAT memorable. Besides, there's talks about "getting higher than the Empire state"....yeah.
Adult Written byR.D. January 4, 2013

Great song, message often misinterpreted

It would please me highly if adults actually did some research about songs ACTUAL meanings before spewing out things like "It glorifies drugs & alc... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 27, 2020

Listen to the other version.

The one that features Janelle Monae is better, but this song celebrates looking out for one's friends. It's a little inapro-pro, though. It's bes... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 10, 2014

Awesome song

This is my favorite song. There is one reference to getting high but, other than that, it's pretty clean.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: fun.
  • Release date: February 26, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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