"One Thing" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Sweet boy-band tune about young love will make tweens swoon.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Song is about falling for someone when they have that special something that you just can't resist.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One Direction, so far, seems to be an upstanding boy band whose worst offense is having great hair.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this five-piece boy band from England and Ireland serenades tweens with clean songs and catchy music. "One Thing" has a sweet message about falling for someone special and has no iffy content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 and 18+-year-old Written by[email protected] October 10, 2012

Catchy Tune

This song and it's video are very upbeat and positive. The lyrics appeal to teenage girls because they talk about how a guy has a big crush on a girl and... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 21, 2014


One the most appropriate one direction songs
Teen, 13 years old Written byEpicNerd March 8, 2014

Cute and Fun Song

I loved this song when 1D began to dominate as the top boy band, and I still smile when listening to it. The lyrics are cute, nothing inappropriate. The song is... Continue reading

What's the story?

One Direction is racing up the charts in the United States after speedy success with their single "What Makes You Beautiful" from the album Up All Night. The five-member boy band, hailing from England and Ireland, sing about young love in "ONE THING." The Beatles-flavored video features the quintet gallivanting around London and all its landmarks, acting silly and incredibly charming.

Is it any good?

The beautiful boys of One Direction are making young girls scream and swoon from the U.K to the U.S. Like their album, Up All Night, the snappy music and sweet lyrics of "One Thing" show why this band appeals to giddy girls and even parents too. Singing "Get out, get out, get outta my head, and fall into my arms instead," one's thing's for sure -- these dapper gents won't be wearing out their welcome here anytime soon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it's necessary for teen music to have mature content and language to be popular. Do you think music can still be successful, especially hip-hop or rap, if the language is clean and appropriate for younger ages?

  • The Beatles were a British import like no other before or since. Do you think a band will ever reach their level of stardom and success?

  • Like The Beatles, One Direction comes from the United Kingdom. Do you think bands/singers from other countries are more appealing or have a better chance of success?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: March 27, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Syco Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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