"We Can't Stop" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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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.

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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 byabbacus September 10, 2013

Meh.

This is an okay song. It took a while for it to grow on me. Miley's behavior has kind of drastically changed, and that ruined the song a little bit for me.
Teen, 16 years old Written bycandygirl10003 June 13, 2013

Miley Cyrus is better off without Disney's artistic leadership!

I didn't expect Miley Cyrus to have a good comeback single, the song doesn't sound like anything on the radio today.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashingepicness767 July 26, 2013

Shows a new Miley having fun!

I can't believe how Miley Cyrus has changed!! I used to love Hannah Montana a lot when I was 8. I was expecting the video to be family-friendly and fun lik... 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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