"Best Thing I Never Had" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

R&B diva sings mostly clean song about bouncing a bad guy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing exceptionally positive or negative; just a girl who's feeling glad that she didn't end up with a guy who didn't treat her well.

Positive role models

Neither positive nor negative role model behavior is displayed by the singer, who expresses relief about the end of a bad relationship.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

One line -- "You showed your ass and I saw the real you" -- and the word "sucks."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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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Kids say

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?

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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. 

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Beyonce Knowles
Release date:June 7, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Columbia
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 November 9, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

Good song with language

This song isn't my favorite, but it's catchy enough. It's not really a good message, because Beyonce's talking about how her boyfriend was the "best thing she never had." However, I suppose it could be considered a good message about leaving a bad relationship. This song isn't too bad, except that the "a" word is used repeatedly.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old March 4, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

best song every make

Love your music.lol omg
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 2, 2012
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5
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best thing i never had cd single

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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