"We Are Young" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"We Are Young" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Drinking, drugs in synth-pop party anthem.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
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

Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 March 18, 2012

excuse me

excuse me but i happen to be a young adult myself and can not get this song out of my head and i see nothing wrong with it what is the problem? also saw the mu... Continue reading
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
Teen, 15 years old Written bykatherineisobel March 25, 2012

Look for a deeper meaning

This song is not about drugs, or sex, or commercialism. It holds a deeper meaning. If you truly listen to the lyrics, it's about a young man going through... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 26, 2012

You're kidding me, right?

This is another amazing song from fun. I've loved them ever since I saw them as a dinky opening act for Panic! At the Disco on June 10th, 2011. I was quick... Continue reading

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

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