"Wrecking Ball" (CD single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Wrecking Ball" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Emotional single has clean lyrics, extremely sexual video.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 41 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The song talks about regret in a relationship and shows how jumping blindly into love can be destructive. It's not necessarily the most positive message, but it's not really negative either.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The former Disney star continues to promote a hypersexual image with her public performances and her music video for this track. Her iffy behavior since her Hannah Montana days hasn't made her a good role model for young girls.


The song uses violent imagery to show how psychologically destructive a bad relationship can me with lyrics like "I never meant to start a war," I came in like a wrecking ball," and "All you ever did was break me." The video also shows Cyrus smashing brick walls with a sledge hammer.


While the song itself only mentions kissing and wanting someone, the video is extremely sexually. It shows Cyrus either in a crop top and underwear or completely naked (private parts are not visible). She is shown writhing on the ground or moving suggestively on top of a wrecking ball.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the former Disney star's single "Wrecking Ball" has fairly clean lyrics, the music video is not appropriate for young children. In the video Cyrus is either in very little clothing or completely naked (private parts are not shown) and is shown suggestively stroking a sledgehammer and writhing naked on top of a wrecking ball. The lyrics do mention kissing and are about relationships, but with no iffy language or references to drugs or alcohol, the song itself is okay for older tweens and up. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byabbacus September 10, 2013

Good, but could be better.

I like the chorus of the song but I'm still not really sure about her vocal talent in the rest of the song. I've only heard it a few times, so It... Continue reading
Parent Written byMomma K. June 27, 2017

Song is appropriate for kids, but not the video!

Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball is a surprisingly clean pop song now that Miley has grown up from her Hannah Montana days, but the very controversial music video show... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 24, 2014

Good song but BAD video

The video is completely inappropriate with Miley naked. But the song is just fine with no bad language.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySleepyZZ March 12, 2015

Think about it this is Miley Cyrus and she was once Hannah Montana

I don't think that this is appropriate at all. Because she is naked or almost naked, and she is always liking things

What's the story?

Former Disney star Miley Cyrus' song "WRECKING BALL" is the second single from her album Bangerz. The track talks about the consequences of jumping into love too quickly and likens the emotional destruction to a wrecking ball. The song's music video shows Cyrus destroying a brick wall with a sledgehammer in very little clothing, suggestively riding a wrecking ball while completely nude, and making out with the sledgehammer.

Is it any good?

If you just listen to "Wrecking Ball" and avoid the video completely, it's probably Miley's best single ever. You can hear the emotion in her voice in the quieter parts, and it really shows a range that's lacking in most of her other music. It's a great track that would fit right in on a Katy Perry or Lana Del Ray album.

The music video, on the other hand, is laughable and kind of hard to watch. Rather than adding to her emotional vulnerability, the excessive nudity and over-sexualization takes away from the song's message, which seems to imply the need for a deeper emotional connection ("I guess I should have let you in"). 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music video. Do you think it needed to be so sexual? 

  • Why do you think Cyrus continues to promote her sexuality so much? Is she still trying to distance herself from her Disney career?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: August 25, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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