"Just the Way You Are" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, clean R&B song about accepting others as they are.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 51 reviews

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Positive Messages

The positivity in these lyrics speaks for itself: "When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change / 'Cause you're amazing just the way you are."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mars has made a habit of partnering with other upstanding artists, like B.o.B and Travie McCoy.

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Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is a super-sweet and innocent single about a guy who loves his girl exactly as she is. With no adult content or graphic language whatsoever, the song is a great choice for kids of any age.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 27, 2013
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 26, 2012

Great messasges and great role models!

This song is GREAT! It's got positve messages and epic role models!
Kid, 11 years old October 24, 2020

Adult language; great messages

This song shows that acceptance is an important part of relationships, and Bruno Mars's vocals are sweet yet strong. The only problem is that there's... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 12, 2018

Sweet love ballad great for all ages

Good grief. It's not like the word "sexy" and a reference to kissing is completely inappropriate for kids for kids to hear. Trust me. They'v... Continue reading

What's the story?

After making guest appearances on albums by other artists like B.o.B and Travie McCoy, R&B singer Bruno Mars has released his own debut single, "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE." Like its title suggests, this tune is about a guy who accepts everything about his girl just as it is. The song is an especially good one for young girls who are critical of themselves, since Mars talks about how he even sees beauty in the things his girl doesn't like about herself: "Yeah I know when I compliment her she won't believe me / And it's so sad to think she don't see what I see."

Is it any good?

There's a reason why Bruno Mars has been asked to sing on other hot artists' tracks: he has a super-smooth voice. His pipes show through in this song as well, complimenting the flowing musical beats. The end result is a tune you can't help but sing along to.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the most important qualities to focus on in the people you love. What's more important: the way someone looks, or acts? Why?

  • Is it possible to love someone who makes you mad sometimes? How?

Music details

  • Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Release date: August 20, 2010
  • Label: Elektra
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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