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"Born This Way" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Born This Way" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Clean pop tune offers upbeat message about loving yourself.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 87 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 byseefoodlover April 20, 2011

No problem here!

After 13, you can make your own decisions as to what you expose yourself to, and find acceptable. This song is fine to have playing in the car if your toddler... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypepsicola14 April 16, 2011

Do you have no respect?

The only thing I hate more then this song is waht people are saying about being gay or lesbian. IT is okay to like someone of the same sex, it doesn't matt... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 1, 2011

Best Song EVER!!!!!!

I LOVE Gaga!!!!!!! I support every decision she makes. Lady Gaga has saved my life!!! I could never love her more. I'm bisexual my uncle is gay my friend i... 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

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