"Best Song Ever" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Pop idols sing clean pop song about pop music.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Corny lyrics are about dancing and singing along to the "best song ever."

Positive role models

The 1D boys are still squeaky-clean and eager to win young girls' hearts.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

One line contains the phrase "Said I had a dirty mouth, but she kissed me like she meant it;" also asks "Can I take you home with me?"

Not applicable

The track is a not-so-subtle reference to the overwhelming popularity of the group, and the fact that it comes from a movie about the band makes it seem like a bit of a branding exercise, raising the question: Is the "best song ever" by One Direction?

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Best Song Ever" is a harmless power-pop anthem about meeting a girl on the dance floor and partying to the perfect soundtrack. One line is a little edgy: "Said I had a dirty mouth, but she kissed me like she meant it;" another asks "Can I take you home with me?" The music video features the band poking fun at itself and the pressures of being boy-band sensations in Hollywood. The track is fine for young tweens and up.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

"BEST SONG EVER" is the lead single from the soundtrack to This Is Us, a feature film about British heartthrob boy-band One Direction. The film will cover the group's ascent to stardom and massive world tour, while the single is a simple and catchy tune about dancing with someone you've never met to the "best song ever."

Is it any good?


1D fans will probably love this sweet, safe, and danceable anthem, but others might find the lyrics boring, repetitive, and shallow. The hook is infectious and the production crisp and formulaic, reminiscent of a thousand other pop songs. Musically, the style and melody are alarmingly similar to Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," though admittedly she wasn't exactly breaking new ground either.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the band. The boys seem to have conquered the pop music industry the world over. What is it about their sound and personality that have made the group such a sensation?

  • The music video mocks the exhaustive branding and image-warping that pop stars are forced to endure. Given the incredibly manufactured nature of One Direction, why do you think they included this tongue-in-cheek critique? 

  • How do you feel about feature films created around young pop stars, such as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Best Of Both Worlds, the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana concert film? Are they simply a marketing tool, or do they allow fans to see different sides of their heroes?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:July 22, 2013
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymariselalollypop September 28, 2013

Positve ideas

What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written byRosebud95 August 28, 2013

Well, it's not the best song ever...

And it's kind of tired...I guess it's ok, but I get kind of annoyed with it.
Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2013

Good Song

The best song yet
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism


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