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"Windows Down" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Windows Down" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Boy band releases clean track that evokes happy summer days.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The single is about celebrating a lovely day. It's a perfect song for letting the warm breeze take you and your friends wherever it may.

Positive Role Models & Representations

So far, BTR is proving to be a swoon-worthy tween boy band that's clean-cut and good-natured.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

No sex or kissing, but the video does show the BTR boys with some lady friends, splashing around and flirting, but nothing inappropriate for tweens.


Boys star in Nick show Big Time Rush.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nickelodeon boy band BTR is growing up, and their perfect-for-summer song, "Windows Down," has a more mature sound musically but still maintains a clean image and content that's fine for tweens. Be prepared to hear it over and over again.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTVAGE December 18, 2013
Kid, 10 years old July 5, 2012


In the music video, there are girls in bikinis and boys without there shorts, but the song is squeaky clean!
Teen, 17 years old Written byWREN345 July 10, 2012


A terrible summer song from the posers on that nick show big time rush dont 3 year old's may like it for anyone older than 3 don't listen.

What's the story?

Nickelodeon boy band of the moment, Big Time Rush (BTR), give us a reason to roll down the windows, slather on some sunblock, and breathe in the warm air in the perfect summer song, WINDOWS DOWN, an upbeat pop track that leaves you singing "Woo hoo" all the way to the beach.

Is it any good?

"Windows Down" is infectious from the get-go, even though you may find yourself thinking, "Have I heard this song before?" The guitar riff and "Woo hoo!" found in the chorus, as catchy as it is, is strikingly similar to Blur's "Song 2." Apparently, this sample was approved by the Brit band, so save your complaints. Either way, "Windows Down" is impossible not to like, and rest assured it'll be part of everyone's soundtrack for summer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to "sample" music as opposed to blatantly copying. Sampling means an artist, usually with permission, incorporates music or a melody from another song into their own, and puts a twist on it. Can you think of other songs or musicians who have done this?

  • Do you like it when artists use this technique, or do you think it's still a form of copying?

  • There are lots of very popular boy bands around. What, if anything, sets BTR apart from the others? Is it their music? Their image? Their reputation?

Music details

  • Artist: Big Time Rush
  • Release date: June 25, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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