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"Happy" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Happy" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Catchy tune with upbeat message from Despicable Me 2.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

This song has an optimistic message about the power of being happy and conveys the idea that if you have something strong and positive in your life, like love, nothing can bring you down. "Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah / Well, give me all you got, and don't hold back, yeah / Well, I should probably warn you I'll be just fine, yeah / No offense to you, don't waste your time." The music videos also portray people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and body types celebrating being happy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"Happy" has an uplifting message about the power of positivity that kids can look up to. Pharrell Williams is a great role model. He's a highly successful songwriter, producer, and performer. He founded a charity to help at-risk children and has donated millions to building an afterschool facility in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. His work spans genres, and he's collaborated with countless artists -- some more controversial than others -- from Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke to Daft Punk. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The song talks about love but doesn't get physical at all.


The song is from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Both music videos also feature cameos from a bunch of celebrities and minion characters from the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Happy" is a single written and performed by Pharrell for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. With an upbeat message, no iffy content, and two equally positive music videos, the track is safe for kids young and old. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 4, 2014

"Because I'm Happy"...

As one of the biggest songs in the world right now, this track is definitely a song for younger ears.
Adult Written bymomaha March 12, 2014

Turn it up!

We crank this some mornings and everyone wakes up happy! Nothing negative. It is so fun we love it! Nice to hear a great song on the radio with nothing objec... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 13, 2014

This song is soo awesome!

I'm in love with this song it is so catchy!
Kid, 11 years old June 3, 2014


This is a good song fun to dance to gets you pumped!!!

What's the story?

Rapper and producer Pharrell's single HAPPY is an upbeat addition to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The track has two music videos: a traditional one, which features Pharrell and others happily dancing to the song, and one captured over a 24-hour period that shows various people dancing along to the song on repeat.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to dance and sing along with "Happy" and its music videos. The bouncy Motown beat is infectious, and the pure joy on everyone's face in the music video is undeniable. The song is a bit repetitive, especially once you've watched more than a few parts of the 24-hour music video, but it's nearly impossible to not enjoy the solid, spirited track -- and its buoyant message.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music videos. Why do you think Pharrell wanted to make a 24-hour music video?

  • What does it mean to celebrate happiness? How does this song relate to Despicable Me 2?

Music details

  • Artist: Pharrell
  • Release date: December 16, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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