A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?