"American Boy" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
"American Boy" (CD single) Music Poster Image
UK singer celebrates U.S. men in fun, flirty hit.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Lots of frivolous flirting. Promotoes female assertiveness.


The singer talks about showing a man her bedroom and about liking what's underneath his pants.


Kayne West's featured rap includes the line "most of the press don't f--k with me," but the expletive is deleted from many versions. West also says "hell" in one line.


West raps about designer clothes and other "bling" symbols.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are only a few iffy things for kids in this song. Kayne West's rap portion includes a single expletive ("f--k"), and the song is all about being attracted to "American boys." Although there are a few sexual references, the song is fairly mild and ultimately promotes female assertiveness and control, even if it's in regard to hooking up with someone.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bybobsax January 29, 2009

Ignorant Lyrics- Great Music

To bad such good music has to be spoiled buy such ignorant lyrics.
From what I've listened to so far the same applies to the whole album.
Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2011
This is a good song for the mature crowds.They talk about sex and being naked and a lot of cursing. My mom hates this song because of the references, my dad doe... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycheer15 September 8, 2009
love it but not to much.

What's the story?

British rapper/singer/producer Estelle was virtually unknown in the United States before the release of this song. But with a little help from Kanye West, "American Boy" has proven to be her breakout single. The song is a lyrical tour of the United States, exploring the similarities and differences between America and the UK in the context of Estelle's admiration of U.S. guys.

Is it any good?

In the grand tradition of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" -- which equated geography with sexuality -- in AMERICAN BOY, Estelle creates a love song for the U.S. male population. The dance-inspiring track grooves with her seductive, spoken word-like vocals, followed by West's cool raps. The two complement each other nicely, and it's hard not to get caught up in the song's fun, funky vibe. Estelle's proper British style adds an elegant flavor that's often lacking from American singers' work.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how pop and hip-hop music differ in the United States and the United Kingdom. How do Estelle's British roots influence the sound of her music? Do you think audiences in Great Britain and America like the same type of music? Why are some musicians big hits in one country but not the other? Check out the pop charts of other countries to see how many artists you recognize.

Music details

  • Artist: Estelle
  • Release date: March 28, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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