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 Thing I Never Had" is a fairly clean song that features no references to sex, substances, or violence and omits offensive language, with the exception of "ass" and "sucks." That said, its theme -- a girl who sings about how glad she is that she didn't end up with a guy who turned out to be a jerk -- may be a bit too mature for younger tweens.
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What's the story?
"BEST THING I NEVER HAD" is the second single from 4, the aptly titled fourth album from one of the world's biggest R&B superstars: Beyonce. True to her typical form, the singer keeps the song pretty clean, leaving out mature language (aside from a couple of milder words like "ass" and "sucks") and references to sex, substance use, or violence. The song's subject matter -- about a girl who dumps a bad guy and later celebrates what she feels was a good decision -- may be a little too adult for very young ears, but it's still a fairly clean pick overall.
Is it any good?
Beyonce's powerhouse pipes are once again on full display in this tune, supported by a catchy piano hook and a host of strong female backup voices. It's no "Single Ladies," but the song is still likable enough that it will surely gain entry into the growing list of hit Beyonce songs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this song's subject matter differs from Beyonce's real-life marriage to rapper Jay-Z. Why might Beyonce sing about a troubled relationship when she doesn't appear to have one?
What can you learn from a bad relationship that will help you avoid similar situations in the future?
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