"Counting Stars" (CD Single)

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Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Clean, folky track urges listeners to skip material things.

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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.

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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, 10 years old April 28, 2021
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat August 22, 2020

Well done.

Ok I will say that even though I’m a girl I still think that One Republic are really good singers. Good role model for kids of all ages.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: One Republic
  • Release date: September 26, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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