"Without You" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean dance tune about desperately holding on to love.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A mildly troubling message about refusing to accept that a romance is over.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Doesn't encourage the healthiest reaction to a break-up.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Without You" is a very clean single in terms of profanity and references to sex, substances, or violence. That said, the lyrics tell the tale of a person who's so devastated over a break-up that he claims he can't go on: "I can't accept that we're estranged ... If you're not here, I'm paralyzed without you / Lost my heart, I lost my mind, without you." It's not the best message for younger kids who are still figuring out what it means to be in a relationship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 17, 2012

Very catchy!

This song is epic! It is really catchy and fun to sing! The lyrics are pretty good as well.
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bygamereviewer6469 November 20, 2011

Great Song. Iffy Messages

Not the Greatest way to break up song, nothing inappropiate at all, just make sure that kids under 9 should not listen.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 5, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song with a good beat. Usher fits in nicely. But it is still best for older kids. It's actually really clean, but it has a bad mess... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 15, 2013



What's the story?

"WITHOUT YOU" is a single from the first full-length album by superstar DJ David Guetta. Featuring guest vocals from smooth R&B crooner Usher, this song is about refusing to accept that a romance has ended and not wanting to live without the other person.

Is it any good?

Usher adds musical fire to nearly everything he touches, and "Without You" is no exception. The singer once again gives a top-notch vocal performance which, added to Guetta's celestial-sounding synth hook, makes this track among the more appealing in Guetta's repertoire.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the best relationships are those in which both partners enjoy time together and apart. How can having interests that are independent of your partner make your relationship stronger overall?

  • How do you know when it's time to let go of a relationship? How can you cope with the sadness and disappointment you may feel?

  • Is it better to be in a relationship that isn't working or to be alone? Why? Parents, talk to your kids about your own values regarding love and relationships.

Music details

  • Artists: David Guetta, Usher
  • Release date: October 19, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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