"Where Have You Been" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Where Have You Been" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Cleaner-than-usual track offers just a couple sexy lines.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing positive or negative, just some flirty, mildly sexy talk between adults. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No real role models; song is about finally finding the right person and wondering why it took so long.


A couple of semi-sexy lines: "I've been ... looking for someone who can please me / Love me all night long" and "You can have me all you want / Any way, any day."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Where Have You Been" is one of Rihanna's cleaner tracks -- featuring few lyrics overall and only a couple of ambiguously steamy lines. With no other mature content or profanity, the tune is among the better choices for younger kids who love the R&B singer's music.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bymylalovesminecraft April 13, 2021

It's fine, let's talk about it.

It's okay for your children to listen to this, when I was young my parents let me listen to this music. I haven't had any problems and I haven't... Continue reading
Parent Written byKonichiwa July 18, 2012

Cleaner Rihanna

Well as always it's a phenomenal Rihanna song. The song is about a girf finding the man of her life. In one of the lines she clearly explains that she want... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Kid, 12 years old March 11, 2013

the best

i think this will be a good song for our kids

What's the story?

Talk That Talk, the sixth full-length album from R&B singing sensation Rihanna, has (so far) produced a remarkable five hit singles -- including "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN." Produced by big-name pop producers Dr. Luke and Calvin Harris, the track's lyrics are largely repetitive and mostly clean, revolving around a girl who finds the right guy and then poses the rhetorical question "Where have you been all my life?"

Is it any good?

Often compared to another danceable hit single, "We Found Love," from the same album, "Where Have You Been" has an infectious, dance-infused sound that makes it a shoo-in for club rotation. RiRi's strong vocal performance helps make the tune among the record's more memorable.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Rihanna's songs range from clean to extremely explicit. Who is her audience?

  • How do her tracks compare to music by peers, like typically clean Beyonce and super-graphic Nicki Minaj?

  • Do you think Rihanna's music is OK for kids? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: May 4, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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