"Good Life" (CD Single)



Rock band encourages positive outlook; OK for older kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very positive message about appreciating all of the good things that come your way in life.

Positive role models

An upbeat approach about making the most of every moment.

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Couple uses of the word "bulls--t."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that positivity rules in "Good Life," a fun, clean song about someone who experiences a lot of success from his hard work and continues to keep perspective on his good fortune in life. With very little profanity (only the word "bulls--t") and no mention of sex, substances, or violence, this track is a great choice for older tweens and teens.

What's the story?

In their single "GOOD LIFE," alt-rock band One Republic reflects on all the success that's come their way -- and how thankful they are for it. The tune encourages people to open their eyes to all of the positive things in life and appreciate good fortune: "What is there to complain about? ... We have so much to feel good about." While it includes a couple of explicit words (bulls--t), it omits any references to sex, substance use, and violence -- making it a good overall option for older kids.

Is it any good?


One Republic's golden-throated lead singer, Ryan Tedder, puts his pipes to good use in this fun song. The tune's feel-good quality is reinforced by its upbeat percussion and a cute hook consisting of sweet backing harmonies and whistling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a person can stay focused on all of the good things in life, even in the face of challenges or obstacles.

  • Name five good things that you have going for you.

  • This song is uplifting, but many alt-rock songs tend to be melancholy or moody. Why do you think that is?

Music details

Artist:One Republic
Release date:June 17, 2011
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 January 29, 2014

Cool OneRepublic Song

Good Life is one of my favorite OneRepublic songs. I really like the music, and I love the message of enjoying life. There is some language--the word "bulls--t" is used--but otherwise the song is clean
Written byAnonymous January 8, 2013

Don't watch it. Just Listen on the radio.

If you see the video on The Cool TV you will hear the words. Listen to this on the radio & you won't hear that word.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 6, 2012

Love it!

This is one of my favorite songs. I love their voices and the music that goes with it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing


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