"Mistletoe" (CD Single)

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Tween idol is in the yuletide and kissing mood; OK for kids.

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Although it's mostly about being "under the mistletoe," this festive tune does get you in the mood for the holidays with images of yuletide and the sound of jingling bells.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bieber sings guiltily, "I should be chillin' with my folks I know, but Imma be under the mistletoe."

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Playful references to kissing: "Kiss me underneath the mistletoe, show me, baby, that you love me so," "Your lips on my lips, that's a very Merry Christmas."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single from Justin Bieber's debut Christmas album has the expected references to kissing, lips, and being "under the mistletoe" with "shawty." He also sings about lots of other yuletide traditions, and one line references "wise men who followed a star." If you're OK introducing your kids to the mystique of the mistletoe, then this is a fine choice.

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Kid, 10 years old October 30, 2011


Justin Bieber otherwise known as Dustbin Biever is horrible bad music he is just rubbish.from Isabella31
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 January 6, 2021
Justin Beaver is rubbish!

What's the story?

"MISTLETOE," the first single from Justin Bieber's debut Christmas album, will have fans pining for the holidays. The easy, reggae-style sound mixed with sleigh bells is a perfect concoction for a cheery holiday song. The video, which premiered on MTV, features Bieber and a Selena Gomez lookalike warming up together under the snow in the streets during the holiday season.

Is it any good?

"Mistletoe" is sweet and hypnotic with the constant jingle of sleigh bells, snaps, and Bieber's inviting vocals about the "most beautiful time of the year." Granted, Bieber is trying to make his fans swoon and smile with his flirtatious words, but he also sings about many holiday traditions ("chestnuts roasting", "making a list," and "wise men followed a star") that make it a great song to get in the yuletide, and, yes, kissing, mood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Bieber is putting out holiday music. Do you think it's a good idea for any singer to make a holiday album? Are you more likely to buy holiday music from someone you already listen to?

  • Why would an artist want to put out a holiday album? Is this an album your family will listen to for years, or do you think it will sound dated in time?

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Release date: October 17, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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