"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.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 28 reviews

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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.

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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


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, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 October 22, 2020

Just Say Never!

I'm glad that Justin Bieber got worst awards! Justin Bieber is one of the worst role models of all time! Justin Beaver is so mean, gay, and he's a tot... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat October 21, 2020

Say never!

Absolute trash! He is the worst role model ever! Not for anyone adtr_forever what are you talking about no one can listen to this song. I watched the worst awar... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artists: Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber
  • Release date: January 25, 2011
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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