"Counting Stars" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Clean, folky track urges listeners to skip material things.

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What parents need to know

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

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

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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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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 11 years old November 9, 2013
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10
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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, because it teaches kids to put nature first.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old November 29, 2013
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7
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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, catchy, and awesome!
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Written byAnonymous November 12, 2013
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6
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This song is Rated G.

Good Song for kids. I also love this song. On 6+
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