No Boundaries

Common Sense Media says

Idol winner's victory song is safe but cliched.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Uplifting sentiments about not giving up on your dream: "With every step, you climb another mountain, Every breath, it's harder to believe, You'll make it through the pain, weather the hurricanes."

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Part of the American Idol franchise of stars, Kris Allen is the latest winner of the reality show contest and is being heavily promoted because of this.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no sex, no violence, and not even one bit of attitude in this feel-good tune. With lyrics that are all about not giving up and succeeding despite adversity, the message is one parents can't object to (unless the cliched sentiment gets on your nerves).

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What's the story?

As is the tradition with American Idol grand finales, each final episode gives viewers a new American Idol and a new "winner's song." This is the song that is sung by the two final contestants and the first song to ultimately be released by the competitors. This season, that song is NO BOUNDARIES, a piece co-written by Season 8 judge Kara DioGuardi with Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allan. The song has become a success and a popular download for both the winner, Kris Allen, and runner-up, Adam Lambert.

Is it any good?


American Idol is a singing contest, so for vocal aptitude and singing style, Kris Allen gets high marks on this debut. His tone is controlled and he doesn't go in for melodrama. However, the flowery platitudes in "No Boundaries" know no bounds in the cliched lyrics. Does the world really need any more metaphors about scaling mountains to achieve an aspiration? Too bad these songwriters couldn't be voted off the competition.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this new American Idol differs from previous winners. What do you think of the different versions of this song? Do you prefer Allen's version or Adam Lambert's rendition? Does the thrill of the television competition help promote this song? Would you think differently about the song if it hadn't been featured on the show's finale?

Music details

Artist:Kris Allen
Release date:May 21, 2009
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bycommonsensegal September 25, 2013


I love this song!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old October 2, 2009

appropriate for all ages

I think no boundaries is a great song with a good message and i think it is appropriate for all ages
Teen, 14 years old Written byguiltfeeder September 26, 2009

for everyone

Love it. It's for EVERYONE. Srsly. Love the message. The end.
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Great role models


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