"Your Love Is My Drug" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Catchy but irresponsible single glamorizes drug addiction.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 77 reviews

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Positive Messages

Addiction, drugs, and getting high are all made into glamorous, sexy images.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The singer explains that even though she knows what she's doing is wrong, she's still going to keep doing it because it feels good. "I don't care what people say
The rush is worth the price I pay."


Talk of craving and wanting someone.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug use is glamorized as a thing as good as falling in love. "I get so high when you're with me, but crash and crave you when you leave." Drugs are also trivialized and treated as a fun and casual hobby: "My judgments gettin' kinda hazy, my steeze is gonna be affected if I keep it up like a lovesick crackhead."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is not a song for kids or young teens. Although there are no bad words, the entire message of linking lust to drug addiction is a dangerous one. Glamorizing getting high, the song promotes the complete opposite of what parents are trying to drill into kids' heads. Here drugs are seen as fun and frivolous, something to be laughed at and treated like a crush.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byMickey11 May 4, 2011


what the hect its saying lovee not really drugs
Adult Written bymusicgeek January 29, 2011

best song and is good for any age!

i love this song and i am 12 years old. The song is about love, not drugs. What she is saying in this song is that she is addicted to this guy like she would... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 10, 2020

Edgy take on romance

It has a catchy beat, but the message is awful. Kesha is basically saying that it's wonderful to be obsessed with someone--and she won't shut up about... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 28, 2012

Common Sense Epic Fail!

Shame on you, CSM. I'm sorry, but you made an epic fail at common sense. Go back and read the lyrics. This song has nothing to do with drugs, it's abo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Just as Leighton Meister pushed the envelope with a dance track of a similar name, Ke$ha goes from brushing her teeth with whiskey on "Tik Tok" to inextricably linking lust with drug addiction on her subsequent single, "YOUR LOVE IS MY DRUG." Here the singer shows off her high-energy vocals again with a dance track that's all about suffering some sort of love withdrawal. There are a lot of drug references squeezed into one song!

Is it any good?

Take away the shock of hearing the words "crackhead" appear in a love song, and you just might make a habit out of this single (if you're old enough to hit the clubs, that is!). It's got an irreverent quality to it (who else would put in the random final line "I like your beard"), and Ke$ha once again plays the hot mess. She's a singer who isn't scared to look stupid, desperate, or even strung out, for that matter, and her bravado pays off with a single that just doesn't quit. Too bad it's irresponsible and inappropriate for kids...

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about songs that glamorize bad behavior. Can you think of any other songs that compare love to a drug?

  • Talk about Ke$ha's controversial image. Do your friends listen to her music? What message do you think it sends to kids when she sings about drug and alcohol use?

  • Talk about music lyrics. Is this song appropriate for tweens? It doesn't have any profanity in it, so does that make it more acceptable than a song that has some bad words, but a better message?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: April 1, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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