"Windows Down" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Boy band releases clean track that evokes happy summer days.

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What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Boys star in Nick show Big Time Rush.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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"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.

Families can talk 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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Kid, 10 years old July 5, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

WOO HOO!

In the music video, there are girls in bikinis and boys without there shorts, but the song is squeaky clean!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byWREN345 July 10, 2012
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

ughhhhhhhhhhhh

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 other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 26, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Not inappropriate, but awkward.

When I first saw the title of this song, I thought it might be somewhat... suggestive... yeah. It's not inappropriate, though. However, in the video, it shows the boys shirtless, swimming with girls in bikinis. It was pretty, er, weird... This song is appropriate for most kids, though.

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