"One Thing" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Sweet boy-band tune about young love will make tweens swoon.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

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 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.

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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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Syco Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old December 21, 2014


One the most appropriate one direction songs
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 basically just the band singing about how "you've got that one thing" and how they (he) want you to "get out, get out, get out of my head- and fall into my arms instead". Some people may interpret this a different way, but honestly I think it's pretty innocent. The rest of the lyrics are cheesy and entirely innocent. Great song for tweens and up (it would be a little weird to hear elementary school kids singing this).
Teen, 15 years old Written bypowerson October 29, 2013

No one would notice

Something that could be a bit metaphorically explicit is "One Thing", but a bit metaphorical
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex


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