"Call Me Maybe" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Canadian newcomer's breakout song is catchy and clean.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 49 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Message is about waiting for a guy to call.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Carly Rae seems super-sweet and innocent. Too bad her breakout single song choice isn't something a little more inspiring, catchy as it is.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian who has gotten publicity through Justin Bieber's public support, not to mention a spoof video featuring Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale. The song is clean and pretty harmless, but the overall message of "waiting (and waiting) on a guy to call" might not be the best for young girls.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAbigail1975000 July 14, 2012

Call Me Maybe

Gets annoying fast, nothing bad
Parent Written byGoCatsGo July 20, 2012

Not a good message for young girls.

Agree that not a good message for girls of any age to so quickly 'fall' for a guy and then give him your phone number. Also don't like to support... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byandasif July 6, 2012

so annoying

At first it twas ok but now its sooooo annoying. Like everyones singing it and i want to scream. Its a stupid pop song. I hate it. It has the same lyrics over a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byUseursense August 16, 2013


I was excited when I got this for my iPod, as it was popular in my school. But, since I have listened to it 5 times IT IS SOOOOOOOOO STINKING ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!... Continue reading

What's the story?

Canadian Idol finalist and newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen breaks onto the American scene with her single, "CALL ME MAYBE." She's following in the footsteps of fellow singers from Canada, Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne, being only the fourth Canadian to have a chart topper. The song is about meeting someone, falling hard, and waiting for the guy to call.

Is it any good?

It's clear from the start of "Call Me Maybe" that Jepsen has vocal talent; her voice has a laid-back quality that sounds smooth and effortless. The infectious music and catchy lyrics ("Hey, I just met you, and this is craaa-zy!") make this a sure hit for the radio. Although sounding desperate about waiting for a guy to call may not be the best message for tween or teen girls, this song is a fun way to bring some instant summer to a dreary day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means when a musician or actor endorses another. Does it make a difference if a musician is supported by another successful artist?

  • Although mostly harmless and cute, this song talks about meeting someone, falling fast, and exchanging numbers. Is it a good idea to give someone your number when you've just met? What are some ways to be smart about who you communicate with and let into your personal life?

Music details

  • Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Release date: February 29, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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