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 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?