"F**k You" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Expletives abound in angry song about a broken heart.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 34 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The solidly negative message here is all about active anger and resentment against someone who's done you wrong.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the negative message in this song, Cee-Lo maintains a fairly positive image overall, expressing love for his parents, wife, and children in his songs.


Lots of f- and s-words, as well as "nigga."


Mentions X-box and Atari.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single repeats the f-word throughout, along with some s-bombs and the n-word. It also includes some dark, hostile messaging about telling a former girlfriend to "f--k off" after she breaks a guy's heart. The mature content is definitely not for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 24, 2011
Adult Written byDrDreVEVO April 19, 2011

Cee Lo Green Posted the same song but he says forget you not F"k You

Cee Lo Green Posted the same song but it is called : Forget You) and instead of F"k You he says: " I you and the that i love drivining around town and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byamy rose rox October 2, 2010
I Didn't even no it had the word F**k in it all I heard was Forget you ooh ooh ooh.Its so catchy I love the 60s or is it 50s vibe it has.I always find my s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan March 18, 2018

Fun song, but not for kids or younger teens

I think this is a really fun song. But it’s still best for older teens. Just by the title, the word “f--k” is said a lot. The "N" word, “s--t,” and “a... Continue reading

What's the story?

F**K YOU is a solosingle from Cee-Lo Green, one half of the smash R&B/hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley. While the duo's music has been relatively tame, Green's solo song revolves around the f-word -- which he uses liberally throughout the track to describe how he feels about a girl who has broken his heart (as well as the guy she left him for). Though very bad language is about the worst that this track has to offer in the way of adult content, the extreme swearing is enough to make this single off-limits for kids.

Is it any good?

As he's proven in uber-hit singles like "Crazy," Cee-Lo definitely has the pipes to pull off a strong vocal performance -- which he does here. A catchy, piano-based hook accompanies the good vocals. Yet just when you're about to really get into the sound, the jarring lyrics come into play, ultimately doing more to hurt than help this otherwise hot tune.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about other ways to handle a bad breakup than open hostility. How does it make you feel when you're saying negative things about someone?

  • What are five things you can do to help yourself feel better after someone breaks your heart?

Music details

  • Artist: Cee-Lo Green
  • Release date: August 25, 2010
  • Label: Elektra
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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