"Your Love's a Drug" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Teen idol's irresponsible single links love with addiction.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song makes addiction seem fun and sexy, comparing it to lusting after someone, normalizing drug-dependent behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Meester sings about being totally controlled by her desires: "I'm going to tell you how I feel, how I couldn't breath, when you're not with me."

Sex

An overdose of desire with lines like "Gotta have it now...You're all I need, your love's a drug, can't get enough."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Although no specific drugs are referenced by name, the entire premise of this song is to compare wanting someone to craving a drug. Phrases like "feening" "habit," "high," "addicted," and "in my veins" are followed by lines like "I'm a slave to my habit."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the bad influence of Gossip Girl has reached the music charts with this single that uses lots of drug references to describe sexual desires. Imagine that, the song has managed to combine sex and drugs into one package! It's like a double-whammy of bad influence here. And these messages are topped off with a peppy party mix that makes the whole concept seem incredibly sexy and appealing.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byCommonSenseParent December 6, 2010

Great music for middle and high schoolers (6th grade and up)

Talented pop star Leighton Meester makes fun and excellent pop hits that are appropiate for kids. Despite Common Sense Media's review, I found nothing expl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykARlA AlEXiS May 25, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written bytaymomsenfan April 6, 2010

What's the story?

"YOUR LOVE'S A DRUG" is a single off of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester's debut album of a similar name, Love is a Drug, due out in the spring of 2010. The song plays on the concept that desire for someone can be as addicting as a drug habit, and uses all types of references to prove this point. "I've become a slave to my habit, feening for your love, gotta have it now." The tone is high-energy with synthesizers, club beats, and Madonna-esque pop vocals from the TV star.

Is it any good?

If you overlook the irresponsible decision to use drug references in a song obviously targeted at teens, this song from a musical standpoint is pretty darn appealing. Its heavily-produced vocals and thumping beats turn any setting into a club party, and Meester's hooks are a guilty pleasure that, dare we say, are flat out...addicting. However, this song is better left to the clubs and disco halls, not study hall.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how drugs and alcohol are often glamorized in the media. How do you separate the reality from the fantasy when it comes to drug references and songs like this one? Do the mixed messages about drugs and alcohol confuse you?

  • Talk about healthy romantic relationships. Do you think obsessing over someone is a good way to feel? Do songs like this promote the idea that love has to be all-consuming and addictive? Can you think of songs that promote a balanced approach to love?

  • Talk about the Gossip Girl stars and how their behavior on and off the small screen influences teens. Why would the GG characters be considered bad role models? What about the real-life stars? Do they at least offer families a chance to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior?

Music details

For kids who love party music

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