"We Can't Stop" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"We Can't Stop" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Lame Miley track is all about drinking, drugs, and partying.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While the song is about feeling good about yourself no matter what ("To my homegirls here with the big butts ... Remember only God can judge us/ Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya"), it also talks about "Shaking it like we at a strip club," doing drugs, drinking, and breaking the rules.



 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The former Disney star used to be a role model for young girls, but has since focused on racier themes in her music and publicly made questionable choices.

Violence
Sex

The song has a lot of mild innuendo and some more explicit lyrics like "Got somebody here, might get some now" and "Shaking it like we at a strip club."

Language

One use of "hell" in the lyrics.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song references drinking ("Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere") and doing drugs ("Trying to get a line in the bathroom"). One line may also reference doing ecstasy in "Dancing with Molly," though some sources claim the line is actually "Dancing with Miley."

 

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miley Cyrus is partying much harder on her single "WE CAN'T STOP" than on "Party in the U.S.A." With some innuendo ("Got somebody here, might get some now" and "Shaking it like we at a strip club") and references to drinking, drugs, and partying, this dance-pop single is best for teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhatersgonnahate August 20, 2013

2 yearold loves this song!

my 2 year old loves this song so much
Adult Written byTinyToya August 28, 2013

Does not have any type of message that our kids should be trying to promote...

All about partying, sexual relationships, and alcohol (and other drugs). It's not for kids at all.
Teen, 16 years old Written byjm97 June 20, 2013

The worst work Miley Cyrus has produced yet.

I used to be a huge Miley fan when I was younger, but I've been really disappointed with her career moves as of late. This song is a lame attempt to rebel... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 22, 2013

we want the old miley Cyrus back because this song is pure drugness

what happened to the miley Cyrus we all knew and loved? now shes acting all krunk and druck like p!nk anyway i like this song [ even though i am 10 ] but i wo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Former Hannah Montana lead Miley Cyrus is back with her first solo single since "Party in the U.S.A." This angst-ridden number is all about embracing your right to party, drink, "get some," and try to "get a line in the bathroom."

Is it any good?

After listening to the weird intro to "We Can't Stop," you'll kind of wish the song really did just stop right there. With a woozy feel, fuzzy vocals, and lame lyrics, this is not the feel-good dance number you'd expect from Miley. When she sings "And we can't stop/ And we won't stop," it comes across as a little sad.

If she picked up the tempo and took out the odd effects on the "It's our party, we can do what we want" verses, it might be a halfway decent song. As it is, keep "Party in the U.S.A." as your summer anthem and give this single a pass.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cyrus's choice of subject matter. Why do you think she still feels the need to distance herself from her Disney past?

  • Do you still consider Cyrus a role model? Why or why not? Does she have an obligation to remain one as she matures?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: June 4, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

For kids who love pop music

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate