"Good Life" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Good Life" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Popular with kids
Rock band encourages positive outlook; OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

An upbeat approach about making the most of every moment.

Violence
Sex
Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykipwalker44 January 23, 2016
Adult Written byiLoveMusic22 January 2, 2012

Good for any age

awkward if it can play in a disneyworld commercial its the gold standard as being appropriate for any age
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat September 28, 2020

What we need right now and a positive message.

I think this is good for kids because it contains a positive message. And it is appropriate for 2020 because of all the bad stuff that is happening. Life is sti... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2017

Really inspiring song!

This song seems like that kind of song you'd play when you're feeling down. The acoustic guitar in it really gives it that good feeling, ya know? Unfo... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate