"Boyfriend" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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JB keeps it sweet and clean with smooth rap and vocals.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 35 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

JB sings about all the nice things he would do if he was dating someone special: "If I was your boyfriend you'd never be alone... I can be a gentleman, anything you want."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bieber has lived a pretty clean life thus far, and this song is all about treating a girlfriend well.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"I can be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Justin Bieber's single "Boyfriend" has a different, more mature sound compared with some of his previous tween-screamin' work, but the lyrics and content are still clean and totally appropriate for that age group -- assuming you're OK with your tween talking about boyfriends.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfrankf-k January 11, 2015
Parent Written byTheaT. March 29, 2013

Not for 7 year olds

You are kidding, right? Have you seen the video?
Teen, 15 years old Written byAnimeIsAwesome808 June 16, 2013


Boyfriend is just as bad as Justin Bieber's other crappy songs. JB is so annoying and talentless. Oh, and the girls who defend JB are braindead.
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat August 29, 2020

You are absolutely right Lorinkas303 no one should have a boyfriend

First of all I can’t believe the Common Sense Media review. 7+? Really? That is teaching kids (especially girls) that is OK to have a boyfriend/girlfriend at yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Justin Bieber might be singing to his long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez in his single, "BOYFRIEND," a different sound for JB that features some quiet, smooth rapping amid acoustic guitar, synthesized hand claps, and Bieber's always-impressive vocals. In it he sings about all the sweet and thoughtful things he would do if he were your boyfriend. Swoon.

Is it any good?

"Boyfriend" certainly possesses a new sound for the teen superstar, and the smooth, soft-spoken raps at the beginning make you question if he's for real. The lyrics are simple, almost laughable in a few places ("I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe") but for tweens and young teens, he could be singing about Chef Boyardee and it would still be amazing. The single cover features a more mature, James Dean-looking JB that is very becoming, and he continues to impress with his effortless Usher-esque vocals while singing about all the ways he wants to be your boyfriend. It may not be his best song, but Bieber's confidence and talent always seems to pull him through.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes someone a good friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend. What are some things that you do to show you're a good friend? What should you do if someone isn't treating you with respect?

  • Bieber has a different sound on this single; what do you think of it? Do you like it? Do you think it's necessary for artists to change up their sound to appeal to wider audiences? Or do you think JB is just having fun and trying new things? Do you think he succeeds?

  • JB sounds like the perfect guy on this single; is that realistic? Is any teenager capable of being such an ideal partner?

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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