"Good Life" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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, 15 years old Written byTotally500 July 11, 2011

A good song

This is a great song about fitting in a new place and saying oh this is got to be a good life Very good song from this band also watch out for a bad word
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byadtr_forever July 29, 2011

This has got to be the good life, good life...

Okay, this has been like my favorite song, for a LONG time! I love it. Sure it says bulls--t twice, but a really good song and it makes sense! I love OneRepublic, and I think they ARE trying to make this positive music, for their fans. Talking about the 'Good Life'.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byway245 August 4, 2011

Another great One Republic song

This is another great One Republic song. There are 2 uses of bull---- but this is a great song that anyone should at least hear once at any age. And if its on the radio, it wont be there.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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