"All the Right Moves" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Angst-ridden indie tune is a bit odd but OK for teens.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The meaning is very much open for interpretation, so there is no overall message to take away. Although it's only brief snippets, a boy in the video for the song is shown stealing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band members seem to live a quiet, tabloid-free life so far.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song doesn't include any bad words or inappropriate content, just a little bit of a mixed message that's kind of hard to define. "We're going down" is repeated numerous times, with the implication that things are taking a turn for the worse, although just what is going on is never clearly defined. The meaning, however, is very much open for interpretation, so listeners might come away with a slightly different impression. Also, a boy in the video for the song is shown stealing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, and 12-year-old Written bymydaughtersalad... April 17, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written byItalyJapan9 April 29, 2017

Up Beat Song

I don't know what common sense media is talking about. There is nothing inappropriate in the song. I like the video too. Very elegant.
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

Better Than Average

I will admit that I'm not really a One Republic fan (the only song I really like of theirs is "Apologize"), but "All The Right Moves" w... Continue reading

What's the story?

"ALL THE RIGHT MOVES" is the lead single off of OneRepublic's sophomore album, Waking Up. Class struggle or the fight to be a part of the "in" crowd might have something to do with the angst, but there almost seems to be a resignation and hopelessness about the song. The single has been on the charts since its debut in the fall of 2009, but has experienced renewed interest in 2010, making its way into the top 20 of the US charts.

Is it any good?

With an odd combination of high-pitched vocals, club sensibilities, dance beats, and introspective songwriting, this single definitely stands out from the pack. Look for an incredibly catchy hook that will have you humming the harmonious lyrics, but don't overlook the intriguing lyrics and what they have to say, as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being accepted and popularity. Is it important for you to be popular with your peers? Do you think the most popular kids have the best lives? How does it make you feel about yourself when people judge you by your social status?

  • Talk about social networking and teens' lives. How have Web sites like Facebook changed the way teens interact? What are the biggest drawbacks to socializing online? How can you protect yourself from these dangers?

  • What does the success of OneRepublic mean for other independent bands? Do you think the Internet has made it easier for listeners to discover new music beyond what the big record labels release? How is music now marketed on social networking sites? Have you ever posted a video of yourself singing or performing? What are some safety tips to understand before you post your creations online?

Music details

  • Artist: One Republic
  • Release date: March 30, 2010
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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