"Never Say Never" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Another Bieber tune with a clean, positive message.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byMelissaSmiles March 28, 2011

Good.

Cute song, my oldest daughter and all of her friends listen to it. Personally I don't like the boy's voice, it gets a little nerve-wracking, but the s... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviedudde18 September 11, 2012

JB stinks

This "Girl" sounds like those fury chipmunks

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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