"Kiss You" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

1D stays cute and catchy but adds some innuendo.

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What parents need to know

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

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

 

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 16 years old Written bywertj July 30, 2014
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What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2014
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12
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good.

some bad sex talk and 1d says take me home.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old December 30, 2013
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9
QUALITY
 

Bland and unoriginal

It's awful. There is not ONE thing that makes this song unique. God, music these days... -_-

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