"Friday" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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YouTube sensation is OK for kids, but, like, so annoying.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 129 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song is about getting together with friends on the weekend. The video content is appropriate for kids, showing friends hanging out, dancing, and driving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Black, 13, is an Internet sensation, showing kids that you can sing about simple things that are age appropriate and still be successful. She also plans to donate all proceeds from her hit song.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rebecca Black is a YouTube and Internet sensation. Although the song and video for "Friday" have received lots of criticism, the buzz around this young singer is certainly noteworthy. The squeaky-clean song and video -- about hanging out with friends on Friday night -- are fine for tweens, although the video does show the 13-year-old Black riding in a car with other kids who look too young to drive.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 8, 10, and 16 year old Written byparentof578439758649 December 7, 2014

THE WORST SONG EVER

MY KIDS LISTENED TO THIS AND STARTED GOING AND DRIVING IN MY CAR AND THIS IS WHY I ONLY LET THEM WATCH DORA AND WUBZZY AND NEVER EVER LET THEM ON ENTERTAINING G... Continue reading
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012

Sure it is annoying,but not bad.

I do agree that this song is really annoying.But I don't hate it at all.In fact I think it's pretty good.
Kid, 10 years old April 24, 2011

WHY DO YOU PEOPLE HATE HER? SHES FINE

Why do you people hate her so much??!?!!??! The song is actually pretty dang good. How would you like it if you made a song and everyone talked trash about you?... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 18, 2011

I think Rebecca rules!!!!

At first I thought why the hell am I listening to pop music, but then when I saw such nasty comments I felt sorry for the girl, she is only 13 and she has talen... Continue reading

What's the story?

Following in the steps of pop music super-sensation Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black has found overnight fame with her YouTube hit single, "FRIDAY," a song about the start of the weekend and the all-too-common dilemma of which, uh, seat to pick in the car. Released by a small, little-known vanity label, the song and video have received tens of millions of views on the Internet. Although the song has been universally criticized and parodied, 13-year-old Black has already been a guest on MTV, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

Is it any good?

In case you weren't exactly sure where Friday fell in the week, "Friday" can clear that up for you. It's obvious that this song and video are low-budget, and the vocals and lyrics are annoying and repetitive. That said, Black is sweet, poised, and, above all, a very good sport about all the negative attacks on her singing and acting abilities. She didn't intend to be an Internet sensation, but at least she's enjoying it while she is. "Friday" may not be Grammy-bound, but it's certainly a catchy tune that kids will be singing with a smile at the end of the school week.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Black has gained so much popularity just via the Internet. With the success of other YouTube sensations, such as Justin Bieber, what do you think about the exposure that young kids can get online? Will it change the music industry?

  • There's been a lot of criticism toward Black and her song. Do you think it's justified? Do you think she's too young to be receiving so much attention and hurtful comments? Is it fair?

  • Anyone can be an Internet star these days. What are some ways to stay smart and safe when posting things online?

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