"Womanizer" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Britney's back (again) with smackdown on cheaters.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 24 reviews

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Positive Messages

Spears portrays a strong female character who refuses to be used by men: "To think that I, would be a victim not another, say it play it how you wanna, but no way I'm ever gonna fall for you, never you, baby." The target of her declarations is a cheating, womanizing man (who's described as being a charmer and having lots of girls).


The song has a generally sexy feel and is all about a man who uses women for sex (i.e., a "womanizer") -- but the lyrics don't include many outright sexual references: "You got me goin', you're oh-so charming, but I can't do it, you womanizer." Spears use a seductive voice on certain lines.


The song has been featured on an episode of MTV's The Hills.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single (the first song off the Dec. 2008 album Circus) marks Spears' latest attempt at a career comeback. Although it has a general aura of sexiness and talks a lot about "womanizing" -- i.e. using women for sex -- most of the lyrics include pretty general terms, and the song's cheating theme isn't discussed in great detail. In the song, Spears is assertive and confident, demanding respect and telling men that she doesn't have time for those who might betray her.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byvklash November 15, 2009

Age Appropriate Category

I give this on for 17.
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 24, 2009


the song is fine but again her videos are so out of line! instead of showing her in her underwear they show her naked! yeah thats right naked! Britney spears is... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 12, 2020

Fierce messages with a danceable beat

This song warns against cheating on your girlfriend and shows the person who has been cheated on taking a stand. Like most of Spears's music, it's dan... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bywizardortitan December 13, 2018

Completely clean other then the subject matter.

The video has some barely-concealed nudity and suggestive visuals, but the song itself is completely clean other than the theme of a 'womanizer' and a... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's comeback time again for Britney Spears, and this time she's taking on no-good, two-timing men. The lead single off Spears' sixth studio album, Circus, WOMANIZER is an electro-pop dance mix that spotlights the writing and producing skills of newcomers The Outsyders (the duo of Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyem).

Is it any good?

The opening lines of the song offer glimpses of the old Spears, full of spirited sexiness. But there's also the feeling that Spears is still trying to play catch up with current pop styles, attempting to jump into today's sound after being out of the loop for so long. Granted, some moments during the song will make you want to dance -- like the flirty refrain "Boy don't try to front I (I) know just (just) what you are (are are)," which revisits the Baby One More Time era.

But the chorus kills all hope for a cool sound when Spears repeats (ad nauseam) "womanizer, womanizer, woman, woman, womanizer" in a way that sounds like an annoying elementary school chant. But that's mostly the failing of the songwriters, who seemed to have simply run out of clever lines for Spears to sing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how artists use life experience in their music. Do you think Spears used her own real-life struggles to inspire/inform her "comeback" songs? Do you think this song is meant to address a specific person in Spears' life? Would people still be interested in Spears if she hadn't experienced so many problems?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: September 29, 2008
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

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