"Boyfriend" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

JB keeps it sweet and clean with smooth rap and vocals.





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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

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous January 8, 2013

He's 18 so 18+ it is.

This song about a girl getting a Boyfriend. Sex is in it So this song is not for kids. Justin Bieber is 18 Years Old.
What other families should know
Too much sex
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.
Adult Written byBirthdayCake22 April 9, 2012


Where are the good clean christian values and morals for tweens? You shouldn't be dating until you're at least 24 years of age in this economy. BLAAH!!!!
Parent of a 5, 9, 12, and 14 year old Written bypluggedinparent April 5, 2012

too sensual for my kids

ustin Bieber is growing up. And though some fans might long for him to remain their beloved cute-and-cuddly teen idol forever, the now 18-year-old singer seems determined to add another adjective to the list of words often used to describe him: seductive. It's not that the lyrics to his latest hit, "Boyfriend," are slanted toward the sexual. Indeed, just looking at them on paper, they're all but innocuous: "If I was your boyfriend," Bieber begins, "I'd never let you go/I can take you places you ain't never been before." Nothing too problematic there, nor, really, in the rest of the song, as we'll see momentarily. No, what's changed isn't so much the message Bieber delivers as the way he delivers it. Instead of launching his latest hit with his trademark high tenor, Justin swaggers into this song with a low, whispered rap that signals the arrival of a decidedly more grown-up sounding Bieber 3.0. It's not quite Barry White, but Bieber's husky delivery of lyrics like "Chillin' by the fire while we eatin' fondue" makes that otherwise innocent activity feel ever so slightly … dangerous. The chorus finds Bieber back in familiar sonic territory, earnestly emoting his intentions to be the best boyfriend ever as he exploits the upper register that made him famous: "If I was your boyfriend, never let you go/Keep you on my arm, girl, you'd never be alone/I can be a gentlemen, anything you want/If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go." And then its back to that raspy rap business: "Tell me what you like, yeah, tell me what you don't/I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe." I think it's safe to say that Barry White never named-checked an animated action figure toy while wooing the ladies. Bieber, however, is still young enough to pull it off with a straight face. Neither is there any winking involved when he appropriates that time-honored hip-hop tradition of tossing cash around to impress a lady. "I got money in my hands that I'd really like to blow," he brags, "Swag, swag, swag on you." The song leaves little doubt that Justin Bieber is taking the next step in his career, walking down a trail so many teen heartthrobs of yesteryear—Usher, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown all come to mind—have already blazed. Thankfully, content-wise, Bieber's latest offering is more lyrically restrained than anything those singers were producing at a similar point in their careers. As for the smoldering, sensual undercurrent? That may be a boyfriend of a different intention.
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