We Can’t Stop

Miley’s new single just hit the charts last week, immediately souring to #1 on iTunes. The song is titled We Can’t Stop, and if you wanna know what she can’t stop… just Google the lyrics.

Here’s a glimpse:

It’s our party we can do what we want
It’s our party we can say what we want
It’s our party we can love who we want
We can kiss who we want
We can see who we want (2x)

Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere
Hands in the air like we don’t care
Cause we came to have so much fun now
Got somebody here might get some now…

Not much more to tell.

My Twitter followers already heard from me when the song first went #1, and in all honesty, I hope the hype is over on this one. It’s slowly been sinking lower and lower in the top 10 each day. But as much as I hope the song disappears, iTunes already tweeted that the song is an early candidate for Summer Anthem 2013, and Miley has been tweeting about the upcoming music video. We know a music video alone can catalyst a song to greater popularity (i.e. Gagnum Style, Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night…)

We Can’t Stop is another example of a song that will be played everywhere because it is “clean” (in other words -no curse words). So all the parents who set music guidelines of “only download clean songs” … have no fear, your kids will download this and won’t hear curse words. They’ll just hear the above lyrics about red solo cups, doing what you want, saying what you want, “getting some”… all “clean” stuff, of course (can you hear my sarcasm dripping from this paragraph).

The answer to this kind of music isn’t overreaction, but interaction. And perhaps it’s time to reevaluate our guidelines.

The song’s #1 spot on iTunes was timely, because I’m going to be talking to youth workers within the week at the 2013 Student Leadership Conference, teaching my brand new workshop, “What iTunes Reveals about Today’s Teenagers” (something I’ve written about before- note point #2 in this past post, and then look at the lyrics to Miley’s new song). Then I’ll be talking with teenagers about the entertainment media we’re soaking in and how much it really affects us.

What about you? Click on the free preview of the song on iTunes and give it a gander. What do you think of the song?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.
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One Response to We Can’t Stop

  1. dan manns says:

    i suspect from the lyrics that it is going to be pretty smutty and it will probably make her “party in the USA” video look as tame as Sesame Street.