"Born This Way" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Clean pop tune offers upbeat message about loving yourself.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 88 reviews

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Positive Messages

The lyrics are positive and affirming: "Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song encourages people to be themselves.


Lyrics mention various sexual orientations: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Born This Way" is much less provocative than the typical Lady Gaga song. It lacks the explicit references to sex, substance use, and violence that characterize many of her other tunes, instead focusing on a more positive message about loving yourself for who you are. Parents should note that this message includes an acceptance of sexual orientation: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThisisadiscosti... April 1, 2020

Positive Messages, That's It!

Born this way shares good messages about loving yourself, Equal Rights, and More!
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 25, 2013

My favorite Gaga song!

I love this song! It's about accepting yourself.
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2020

Love it.

Empowering anthem, perfect for any age.
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman January 8, 2017

Uplifting song with fantastic message!

This GaGa single carries a great important message that our kids need to hear. It doesn't have any sexual lyrics or profane language. It's all about... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the single "BORN THIS WAY," one of the biggest pop stars on the planet -- Lady Gaga -- sings about accepting yourself no matter who you are. The lyrics are a lot cleaner than most of her other songs, including almost no mature content aside from some references to various sexual orientations (including homosexuality and transgenderism). It's an affirming, upbeat choice for impressionable young teens who could benefit from a self-confidence boost.

Is it any good?

Lady Gaga's '80s influence shows through loud and clear in this track, with big, booming arrangements that are reminiscent of Madonna's huge hit "Express Yourself." While this sound doesn't make for the most original-sounding song, it's still catchy enough to earn plenty of radio play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power that popular artists and songs have to influence their listeners. Does this song challenge your assumptions about people who are different than you?

  • Do you think kids are more likely to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors when they're supported by their favorite musicians? Why or why not?

  • What may have motivated Lady Gaga to release a song about accepting yourself at this stage in her career?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: February 10, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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