"What the Hell" (CD single)



Bouncy pop song is all about letting loose; OK for teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song's somewhat out-of-control tone ("I just
need to be a little crazy / All my life I've been good but now, I'm thinking
what the hell / All I want is to mess around and I don't really care about / If
you love me, if you hate me, you can't save me") sends a message
that it's OK to be reckless.


Positive role models

Engaging in irresponsible, hurtful behavior isn't the best example for kids.


Not applicable

Talks about "making out" and has a sexually suggestive line: "You say that I'm messing with
your head / Boy, I like messing in your bed."



"Hell" is repeated throughout.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "What the Hell"
is a song about throwing caution to the wind and behaving without boundaries.
Though the song doesn't include profanity beyond "hell" or graphic references to sex or
substances, it has some suggestive lyrics about "making out,"
"messing in your bed," and "raging." The song also
describes not caring about whether these behaviors hurt another person's


What's the story?

WHAT THE HELL is the first single from pop rockster Avril Lavigne's album Goodbye Lullaby, her first record since 2007's The Best Damn Thing. In this track, Lavigne sings "All my life I've been good, but now, I'm thinking what the hell" -- and proceeds to make out with guys, go out on a "million dates," and "rage." While she doesn't use any profanity beyond "hell" or make direct references to substance use, Lavigne's not-so-subtle descriptions of wild behavior make this track out of reach for the grade-school set.

Is it any good?


In "What the Hell," Lavigne sticks with the tried-and-true pop formula that made her famous, producing a tune that sports the same rapid-fire pop hook and saucy vocals as previous singles like "Girlfriend." While the song is far from original, it will undoubtedly appeal to Lavigne's loyal fan base and be blasted at slumber parties for some time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this song may parallel Avril

  • Lavigne's life at the time she wrote it -- when she had just ended her marriage to Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley.

  • What do you think of the song's message? Do you think a lot of teens get tired of being "good" all the time?


Music details

Artist:Avril Lavigne
Release date:January 18, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2013


is it me or is the picture h4fuijuksjk
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 21, 2013

Rebellious Song From Avril

This song is very catchy, but I like it okay because it's not that positive. Avril's singing about how she wants to have fun, but she acts rebellious ("All my life I've been good/but now/I'm thinking what the hell?"). That's what the whole song is about, so it's not a very good message. Also, there's some sexaul content ("You say I'm messing with your head/boy I like messing in your bed" is repeated twice). In addition, "What the hell" is repeated in the chorus.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byTurtlelover70 July 21, 2013

Great song but not the best for kids under 10

Catchy but a bit of swearing


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