"All of Me" (CD Single)



Another strong and sentimental ballad from gifted vocalist.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Uplifting and romantic ballad professes the power of love to inspire and appreciate the "perfect imperfections" in one another.

Positive role models

Legend is as warm and powerful as ever, letting his haunting piano and soulful voice drive a message of enduring affection.

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The lyrics are completely free of any suggestive content, but the popular music video is quite sensual, including partial nudity and shots of John Legend lying in bed with a woman.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "All of Me," the latest hit single by R&B crooner John Legend, is a sweet and heartfelt romantic ballad that anyone who has ever been in love can appreciate and relate to. Legend keeps it kid-friendly on this track, crafting a universal and positive love story that tweens, teens, and adults can all embrace .

What's the story?

"ALL OF ME" is the third single from popular R&B singer and pianist John Legend's fourth studio album, 2013's Love In The Future. While the album has some more experimental and funky moments, "All of Me" is a standard Legend ballad, featuring a solo voice and piano arrangement and simple, universal lyrics. The song was inspired by the singer's wife, who also appears in the hot-and-heavy music video.

Is it any good?


Fans of John Legend and other balladeers will undoubtedly appreciate the emotion in the singing and the stripped-down arrangement, which really lets his voice shine through. While the lyrics are indeed honest and relatable, some might not find them particularly profound or original, but they ring true with the sincerity of the performance. This is the type of song that could be played at weddings and middle-school dances for years to come, reminiscent of the anthemic and soulful R&B of artists like Whitney Houston and Alicia Keyes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how pop music has moved away from the natural power of the human voice and acoustic instruments. Is there something special about that organic combination that allows artists like John Legend to succeed in a market dominated by synthesizers and auto-tune?

  • How important is the look and feel of a music video in determining your opinion of a song or artist? What sort of image do you think Legend is trying to cultivate?

Music details

Artist:John Legend
Release date:August 12, 2013
Labels:Good Music, Columbia
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski June 4, 2014
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews.
Teen, 13 years old Written byslyfox432 May 31, 2014

I LOVE this song!

This song is great! However you should be 10-11 to understand the whole song's meaning. It's not bad, but the lyrics "love all your curves and all your edges..." is kind of iffy. But kids probably won't understand. Other than that, it's a really good song! Nothing else in the whole song is inappropriate! I love all his other songs, too.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byMKAForever April 15, 2014

Sounds like the kinda song I'd want played at a Valentine's Dance

The title of my review says it all. It sounds perfectly clean, too! It's just the video that's a little sexy.
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