"Never Say Never" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Another Bieber tune with a clean, positive message.





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
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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."

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Kids say

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

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMackenzeeRay4Bieber March 3, 2011


Justin Bieber's the best, he's so cute and his music's really clean unlike alot of popular artists today! He's great!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bybieberlover6 February 26, 2011

The perfect song! Parents love it, Kids do too!

I'm a teen, but I love this song! I love Justin Bieber too! (my screen name) This song is basicly about trying new things and never losing hope. Not only do I think this song is okay for kids... but I think your kids should be ENCOURAGED to listen to it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byGeorgiaS May 13, 2011

Negative in disguise.

I don't find this to be positive, simply because it promotes what is "cool" when I was in primary/elementary if you didn't have clothing like the most popular singers just like Bieber you were picked on. People like him put a huge amount of pressure on kids to fit in to the cool crowd.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism


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