"Never Say Never" (CD single) Music Poster Image

"Never Say Never" (CD single)



Another Bieber tune with a clean, positive message.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

These positive lyrics are all about trying your hardest and never giving up on your dreams.

Positive role models

The song encourages kids to stay strong in the face of hardship.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Never Say Never" is another clean, uplifting song from Justin Bieber. Its positive lyrics focus on sticking with something even when others try to knock you down: "I will never say never, I will fight 'til forever / Whenever you knock me down, I will not stay on the ground."

What's the story?

NEVER SAY NEVER is a song originally from the soundtrack of 2010's The Karate Kid that was rereleased to appear on the 2011 album Never Say Never. The tune also features guest vocals from the movie's star, Jaden Smith. In the same vein as the film, the track's lyrics encourage following your dreams even when obstacles get in your way. Like just about every Justin Bieber song that's come before, this tune includes no swearing or adult content, making it another great choice for kids of any age.

Is it any good?


There's nothing earth-shattering about this single's sound: it has the same straight-up, synth-pop hook and solid vocals as lots of Bieber songs. That said, Smith's guest spot is a cute addition that will undoubtedly appeal to younger kids in search of some age-appropriate rap. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the parallels between these song lyrics and the plot of The Karate Kid film (which stars Jaden Smith). What do they have in common?

  • Can you name three other songs with similarly inspiring lyrics?

  • Why do you think Bieber stays so popular? What's his appeal?

Music details

Artists:Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber
Release date:January 25, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of "Never Say Never" (CD single) was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 14 years old Written byIsaac T October 25, 2015

Justin really drew up a msterpiece here!

Justin Bieber's best song, and also the least love-centric. Perfect for almost all ages.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviedudde18 September 11, 2012

JB stinks

This "Girl" sounds like those fury chipmunks
Kid, 10 years old August 6, 2012

Don't bother very poor singer and song.

Justin Bieber is a bad role model for kids. Plus he is thought to lipsink by thousands of people.I wouldn't get your kids started with him. In a couple of years he'll go crazy like Hilary Duff! Although it has a good message his voice is made entirely by computers. That may make kids want to follow his footsteps and to make him their role model and then he'll go crazy. I would also like to say that he does have his ears peirced.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide