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"Mistletoe" (CD Single)

Tween idol is in the yuletide and kissing mood; OK for kids.

What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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."

Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old August 4, 2012

Oh, BOY!!!

So, I like falling asleep listening to the radio. But one day during the holidays I was listening to a nice, mild music station... and I wake up to THIS. Yep, he says in that voice of his, "Imma be under the mistletoe"... really?! Honestly, there are SO many better Christmas songs than this... ones that aren't all lovey-dovey. -Samantha (chocolatecake123)
Kid, 11 years old July 30, 2012

Baddish tune.

Much more disappointing then Boyfriend. Bad tune.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 December 15, 2011


It's a cute song and Justin's voice has gotten more deep and mature sounding.