"Live While We're Young" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Brit boy band shows a cheeky side; know your tweens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 17 reviews

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

Positive Messages

To  "seize the day" is certainly a message we all would love to live up to. That "seize the day" also apparently includes "getting some" isn't necessarily a positive message for younger fans.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One Direction, so far, keeps their music and lyrics pretty clean. Even though the lyrics say "tonight let's get some" and does have some minor innuendo, the message of embracing life in a carefree way is endearing.


"Tonight let's get some, and live while we're young" is pretty obvious in its meaning, but that's as bad as it gets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brit sensations One Direction sing about living in the moment on their single "Live While We're Young." Like with their other songs, most of the lyrics and content are fine for kids. However, there is some innuendo on this track that insinuates "hooking up," so know it's possible you may hear your tweens singing "Tonight let's get some!"

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 17-year-old Written byHeartandSoul5 October 13, 2012

Great Job Boys!

It's very clean and all, but the song meaning is totally not good for our kids to know. The song has a catchy tune, but it's not the greatest message... Continue reading
Adult Written byParamayerswift October 17, 2012

Direction Disappoints...Unsurprising. "A Good Life is a Racy Life"

Fun song by young boys, some of them not old enough to club. It's a blatant song about a party-guided one night stand. "I know we only met but let... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bywicked_njo August 7, 2014

Really parents? Iffy for 17?

No young kids pick up on the "innuendo". It's just about having fun while still young.
Kid, 11 years old February 27, 2014

Great song

I love the song although it has got a lot of dark lyrics. Teenage girls usually don't look at that they just think the song is catchy.

What's the story?

Brit boy band One Direction releases "LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG," the lead single off of their highly-anticipated, scream-inducing sophomore album, Take Me Home, which follows the smashing success of their debut, Up All Night. The insanely catchy, bubbly single embraces the idea of living in the moment ("I know we only met but let's pretend it's love.") and having carefree fun.

Is it any good?

It's impossible not to like "Live While We're Young" given its sweet theme of embracing life in the present and its riff and chorus that stay in your head well after the song has ended. One Direction has the perfect balance of harmonies, techno-beats, and pop-indie rhythms to make their music stand out from other radio-friendly groups, and always leaves you wanting more. Although the fact that the chorus boldly states "Tonight let's get some, and live while we're young," could mean a shift in 1D's tweeny image, it's still a fun Carpe Diem anthem that will get any party started.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the allure of boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted. What makes them so successful so fast? Is it just their music? Their image? Does it make them more intriguing because they're from another country? Why?

  • What do you think about the noticeably racier lyrics here? Why would the guys risk their squeaky-clean image?

  • Do edgy lyrics make a band seem cooler? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: September 28, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Syco Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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