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"Best Day of My Life" (CD Single)



Clean feel-good pop song has drinking, strip club in video.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This song is filled with optimism. Lyrics such as "I'm never gonna look back / whoa, never gonna give it up" remind kids to always believe in their dreams, because with "all the possibilities / no limits just epiphanies," there's an endless amount of opportunities to turn their dreams into reality.

Positive role models

The members of American Authors met while attending the Berklee College of Music and formed a band to pursue their dreams of creating music. They also created a music video for "Best Day of My Life" to promote pet adoption.

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The music video shows a man and his furry monster friend going to a strip club. 

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Kids may associate the song with one of several high-profile brands it's been used to advertise, including Lowe's, the MLB Fan Cave, the opening sequence for the 2013 ESPN World Series of Poker, and the official trailer for Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The music video shows a man and his furry monster friend drinking in a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Best Day of My Life" is the third track on American Authors' debut studio album Oh, What a Life. There's nothing iffy to worry about in the song's upbeat, clean lyrics about having a positive outlook on life and never giving up, but the official music video shows a man and his furry monster friend drinking in a bar, going to a strip club, and getting tattoos. Kids will be more entertained by the adorable dog-version music video for "Best Day of My Life," which shows one lucky bulldog's adoption day in an effort to promote pet adoption.

What's the story?

The band members of American Authors have mentioned that BEST DAY OF MY LIFE was created from pieces of five other songs. It was originally released in 2013 as a single off American Authors' self-titled EP and has gained tons of exposure after being featured in many high-profile TV spots, including a Lowe's TV ad, the MLB Fan Cave commercial, the opening sequence for the 2013 ESPN World Series of Poker, and the official trailer for Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man.

Is it any good?


Kids and adults will love dancing to the feel-good vibes of "Best Day of My Life" -- and who can resist singing, "This is gonna be the best day of my life / my li-i-i-i-i-ii-ife" during the catchy chorus? Fans of Imagine Dragons may hear a likeness to "It's Time" in the track's opening banjo, and there's no question that "Best Day of My Life" isn't breaking any musical territory. But this upbeat, folksy pop song will appeal to kids and adults alike, and lead singer Zac Barnett's enthusiastic vocals give off so much positive energy that it's hard not to smile while listening.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song's popularity. Why do you think the song has been featured in so many types of TV commercials and movie trailers?

  • What do you think of the music videos for this song? Which do you prefer?

  • What can you do to make every day the best day of your life?

Music details

Artist:American Authors
Release date:March 3, 2014
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 April 8, 2014

Nice, catchy song

I can't say it's my favorite song, but it was nice listening to it. There's nothing inappropriate that I know of and it has optimistic messages in it.
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Kid, 11 years old April 19, 2014

Best Day of my Life

This song deserves 2 ratings. The song itself: Appropriate for all ages, positive, happy, and utterly fun to listen to. The music video: VERY suggestive. Included strippers, drinking, tattoos, you name it. Not appropriate for ANYONE under 16. Happy music-going!
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Teen, 14 years old Written byMKAForever April 11, 2014

Better than it's given credit for!

"Best Day of My Life" by American Authors is one of today's feel-good pop songs with a Mumford & Sons twist that sounds pretty enjoyable if you were EVER a fan of (real) country music. Plus, I've heard some hard-to-find songs (American Authors included) on the DMX tween pop station, so I know what I'm talking about when I say I recommend this and all American Authors songs!
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