"Kiss You" (CD Single)



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.

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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.

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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.

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.


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
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 such as u don't wanna take it slow but u just wanna take me home.
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Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written bywertj July 30, 2014
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Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2014


some bad sex talk and 1d says take me home.
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Great role models
Too much sex


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