"A Thousand Years" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Twilight love song is melodramatic but OK for tweens.

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Positive Messages

The ballad's message isn't really positive or negative, aside from one line -- "I have died every day waiting for you" -- suggesting that life goes on hold until you fall in love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is melodramatic at times but doesn't advocate any iffy behavior.


One line, "I have died every day waiting for you," alludes to the idea that Bella needs to change herself by becoming a vampire before she can be with Edward.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "A Thousand Years," from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Soundtrack, is melodramatic but clean, with no profanity or explicit references to adult topics like sex, substance use, or violence. Its only semi-troubling line, "I have died every day waiting for you," alludes to the idea that Bella needs to change herself by becoming a vampire before she can be with Edward. Aside from this line, however, the tune is an overall OK choice for tweens and teens.

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Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2020

Romance and devotion reign supreme

This romantic Christina Perri number discusses themes of being faithful to a romantic partner and working being the best partner you can be, and the strong voca... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 21, 2013

Okay Single From Twilight

"A Thousand Years" isn't the greatest song ever, but it's nice. Perri's vocals aren't up there with Amy Lee or Kelly Clarkson, but... Continue reading

What's the story?

"A THOUSAND YEARS" is another single from the soundtrack for the fourth installment of the Twilight film saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1. Like most Twilight tracks, this ballad is moody and bleak, reflecting the series' often somber tone.

Is it any good?

"A Thousand Years" follows in the musical footsteps of Christina Perri's smash debut single "Jar of Hearts," as both songs feature an instrument-rich arrangement filled with piano and strings, along with Perri's pretty, plaintive vocals. While this single isn't especially original, it's still a satisfying listen for anyone who loves a good ballad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to retain a strong sense of self, whether or not you're in a relationship. How do you feel when a friend always dominates the decisions about what you'll do together and never lets you decide?

  • How does the song fit in with Bella and Edward's story? Would you like the song if it wasn't associated with the popular movie?

Music details

  • Artist: Christina Perri
  • Release date: October 18, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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