"Work B---h" (CD single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Catchy single has some racy language but positive message.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Although the song does drop the word bitch repeatedly, the overarching message is that you need to work hard for what you want, whether it's a fit body or a big mansion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Spears may not have always been the best role model for young girls, but her recent low-key profile shows a more mature side.

Violence
Sex

The lyrics ask if you want "a hot body" and to "look hot in a bikini," but it's in reference to working out hard to get it and isn't meant in a sexual way.

Language

The song repeats the word bitch throughout.

Consumerism

The song drops big car names like Bugatti, Maserati, and Lamborghini and talks about "liv[ing] fancy."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The chorus mentions sipping martinis.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Britney Spears' single "Work B---h" does use the word bitch a lot, it has a strong positive message about working hard for what you want. With one reference to alcohol and some brand-name dropping, the track is probably best for young teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 28, 2014

Work Bitc...Common Sense Media!

For B⋆⋆⋆h is just part of the title!
Adult Written byRosebud95 September 21, 2013

Aggressively motivating

I actually like this song.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 17, 2021

B word throughout and it is a good song

dancey tunes and iffy stuff but kids 9-11 can handle this
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2020

Empowering message, too much cursing

Sure, the cussing is annoying, but behind it lies a joyous, empowering message. Tweens and teens will enjoy this upbeat pop song.

What's the story?

Britney Spears' single WORK B---H is another collaboration with producer will.i.am, one of the four members of the Black Eyed Peas. With a relentless dance beat and thick, synthy bass, the motivational track urges the listener to "Ring the alarm / Don't stop now / Just be the champion / Working hard like it's your profession."

Is it any good?

Although "Work B---h" is close to the magic Britney reached in her heyday, it's suffering a bit from lack of direction. At more than four minutes, it's a long track, and the different parts feel somewhat disjointed. Also, Britney's faux British accent feels random and out of place. However, its catchy chorus, unrelenting beat, and thick, bassy sound will surely make it a hit on the dance floor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the language in the track. Do you think the song would have had the same impact without the profanity?

  • Why do you think Spears uses an accent in the song? Is she trying to portray a character other than herself?

  • Do you like the song? Why or why not? How does it compare to past Spears songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: February 17, 2021

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