"Wrecking Ball" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Emotional single has clean lyrics, extremely sexual video.





What parents need to know

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

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.

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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. 

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Kids say

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"). 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous September 19, 2013

I am going to say this Song & Video are both not for kids at all.

The Song in itself is in the Violence. But the Video is in the Sex. She is Nude. She on the Wreaking Ball in the Nude too. Not for kids. Please stay away from this video kids. It's not safe for you to look at.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2013

They Really Messed Up On The Music Video

I think it's a great song but the music video is messed up. That video is just wrong.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byArjunjbsriram September 11, 2013

Avoid the video

While the song is clean with only a few lines with slightly violent references, the video is thoroughly. Although 'private parts are not shown' , miley's breasts are visible from the side at some points and the top of her bottom is shown. She is shown posing suggestively on a wrecking ball and with a hammer. Overall, it is not suitable for kids. The song is lovely though :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byRosebud95 September 12, 2013

Better than 'We Can't Stop'

Although it'a better than Miley's previous single, it's seldom repetitive. I haven't seen the whole music video, but from what I caught a swift glimpse of, I can say it's unnecessarily inappropriate.


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