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"Counting Stars" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Clean, folky track urges listeners to skip material things.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song stresses focusing on what's important instead of worrying about material things: "But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard / Said no more counting dollars / We'll be counting stars."

Positive Role Models & Representations

OneRepublic's music tends to focus on positive themes and messages of empowerment, making them good role models for kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that OneRepublic's single "Counting Stars" is a clean track about trying to overcome the stressful parts of life and find greater meaning. With no references to drugs or alcohol or any iffy language, the song is fine for tweens and up. The music video, which shows a Christian revival service, also keeps it clean.

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Kid, 11 years old November 9, 2013

Catchy, but sort of long.

I think this is a catchy song, but it is kind of long. When listening to it on my iPad, I thought, "This song is so long!" I think the message is good... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 29, 2013


This song is awesome! I think this song would be good for 7 and 8 year olds but they might not get it. But 9 and up will probaly get it. Plus it is clean, catch... Continue reading

What's the story?

COUNTING STARS is the third single from OneRepublic's third studio album Native. The music video, which was shot in Louisiana, shows the band rocking out in the dingy church basement underneath a Christian revival service. The band is most well-known for their hit "Apologize" and singer Ryan Tedder's work with the likes of Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Leona Lewis.

Is it any good?

Like all of OneRepublic's previous hits, "Counting Stars" is catchy and fun. The acoustic guitar and twangy beat adds an indie-folk feel to Tedder's usual pop sound, which works well for the band. The scenes of parishioners busting into dance moves after being saved are pretty funny. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but overall it's a good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music video. Why do you think OneRepublic chose to show a Christian revival service?

  • What message do you think the song shares about money?

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