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"We Can't Stop" (CD Single)



Lame Miley track is all about drinking, drugs, and partying.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

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."


One use of "hell" in the lyrics.

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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."



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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 and the constraints (I'm going to guess Disney) with unimpressive vocals, stupid (and many grammatically incorrect, but that's just the obsessive grammar nazi in me coming out) lyrics, and no real message other than "I can do what I want, just try and stop me." Much like her prior track, "Can't be Tamed", which I thought was as bad as it could get. Until I heard this. The song alone is almost tolerable if you turn the volume down waaaaay low, but the music video video is just plain terrible. It was sleazy to the point where I thought, this has to be a joke. Also, it really emphasized her lack of ability to sing. I don't know whether she just can't sing, or the song was wrong for her voice, but whatever it was, it was bad. There bizarre sequences of dancing with a giant teddy bear, making out with a doll, and "twerking". I understand that twerking has kind of become her thing, but honestly it just again looks like a lame attempt to rebel, and her obsession with it is kind of juvenile. It is a passing internet trend, just like Gangnam Style or the Harlem Shake, not something to center an entire music video around. The video really makes me question whether she is in this career for the passion and because she loves what she does, or for the shock value and notoriety. I really don't even think that I should get into what's appropriate and so on because no one should waste their watching this or listening to the song, but all in all the song references drugs and sex, and the music is sleazy, with various states of undress and indecent behavior. Sorry Miley, but if I could give this no stars I would.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written by2013_teen July 20, 2013

Horrible Video.

After seeing this music video. It is definitely off for kids. In fact I had to kick my sister out of the room. She uses inappropriate language for children such as he// and says strip club. She shows way too many tattoos. And secretly refers to drugs like cocaine. She is showing off her body ( especially the rear end) inappropriately. I hate the fact that she sticks her tongue out so many times it looks messed up. In the party scene there is disgusting butt smacking and suggestive behavior. And way too much twerking. She tongue kisses a doll! She is a horrible influence to everyone. She took the Lindsay Lohan route and ended up like this. The song may seem catchy but once you see the video and listen carefully you will here the twisted parts
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 would not recommend it for little kids because that stuff is not age appropriate and i hope miley changes too because my mom loves her.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking