A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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 feelings.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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.