"If I Ruled the World" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"If I Ruled the World" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Boy band's self-acceptance anthem is squeaky clean.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Very positive messages about "dreaming out loud," and living life to the fullest.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song encourages kids to be themselves.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Big Time Rush has a show on Nickelodeon of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is from the popular boy band from the Nickelodeon TV show of the same name. The song is positive and inspiring, telling "all the geeks, freaks, and wannabes....be who you are, love is all you need." It's clean and appropriate for any age, with the added bonus of having a great message about enjoying life and living it to the fullest.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by915071 August 18, 2013
Kid, 9 years old December 17, 2011


ok i am notthat big of a fan but i like the show and a few songs this is a good song i love it.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 September 11, 2011

btr rules it

this is a great big time rush song about being king or queen someday best boy band since backstreet boys

What's the story?

Nickelodeon's fab foursome, Big Time Rush, gives a shout-out to anyone who feels left out or needs a little pep talk with "IF I RULED THE WORLD." The single premiered on their self-titled TV show in the episode "Big Time Single," when one of the boys, Kendall, suddenly finds himself single after his girlfriend moves to New Zealand. Musician Iyaz is featured in the song as well.

Is it any good?

Big Time Rush is already a big-time name (well, if you ask your tween daughter) but even kids who aren't fans of the show will relate to the track's simple but positive message of being yourself and accepting who you are. The wholesome quartet sings, "get up, up out of your seats, be who you are, love is all you need." BTR may not rule the world yet, but to their legions of screaming fans, they're getting pretty close. Your young tweens could certainly do worse than this sweet song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about TV show characters having music careers, and vice versa. Does this affect whether or not you buy music or watch a TV show?

  • Do you think musicians who are charismatic get a TV show, or if you have a TV show you automatically get to try your hand at music?

  • This song speaks to all the "geeks, freaks, and wannabes." Do you feel like you sometimes fit into one of these categories? How does this song make you feel?

Music details

  • Artist: Big Time Rush
  • Release date: August 22, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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