"Kiss You" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
1D stays cute and catchy but adds some innuendo.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song contains some innuendo and treats girls as sexual objects in a minor way: "I just wanna show you off to all of my friends, makin' them drool down their chinny chin chins." But overall it's a sweet song about young love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even with the sexual innuendo, One Direction still stays fairly clean and positive.


Some innuendo, with talk about "making a move," kissing, touching, and asking a girl if she wants to "take me home." The video also shows the boys without shirts and nipple tweaking.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Direction has started to grow up, and they get a little racy on this single, adding more sexual innuendo like "If you just wanna take me home, let me say yeah." The video also features some bare chests and over-the-top nipple tweaking between bandmates. There's no iffy language, violence, or references to drugs and alcohol. The overall goofy, upbeat, and positive tone keeps it OK for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypickoleslove March 30, 2015

ok for kids 8 an up!!!!

kid at 9 an 8 an younger don't know about sex but I do if your kid does not know then don't let them hear the song their is sex In the song. sex lines... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 9, 2020


I loved the song it was awesome I played it on Just Dance and it really deserves 5 stars.
Teen, 16 years old Written bywertj July 30, 2014

What's the story?

This unstoppable boy band from England and Ireland proves on their sophomore album that they still have what it takes. The single "KISS YOU" sticks with the ever-successful theme of young love, and the goofy video gives some clever nods to retro music and movies.

Is it any good?

While you're not really getting anything on "Kiss You" that you didn't get on the singles from Up All Night, it's still everything you want a pop song to be -- super catchy, well produced, and fun. The surf-beat guitars, compelling rhythm of the chorus, and sweet lyrics will have tweens and teens swooning. And parents will appreciate the Elvis and Beatles references in the hilarious music video.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how One Direction is changing over time. Do you think it's OK for the bands' lyrics to get more sexually suggestive as the band members get older?

  • Who do you think the band's target audience is? Do you think this single is intended for that audience?

  • Talk about the music video. Do you think it successfully reflects the song? What '50s and '60s movies are referenced in it?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: January 8, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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