"One Time" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Usher protege sings clean song about his number-one girl.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 65 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message here is a positive one, focused not on playing relationship games but rather on treating the person you like with respect and affection.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bieber is wholesome, caring, age-appropriate, and inoffensive, with a rags-to-riches story that shows how his hard work has paid off with success.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The singer declares his love emphatically, but not too fervently. Some parents may feel that the target age group for this song is a little young for exclusivity, but overall the song is lighthearted, not serious. In the video, Bieber interacts with the object of his crush and she gives him a peck on the cheek.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single includes no offensive language or mature themes, only a very sweet and innocent message about young love.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, infant, and 11-year-old Written bynuku May 5, 2011

horrid

Overly-sexualized tune. There's a part where he says "Hey babe... your t!ts... so sweet...". UGH! Disgusting.
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom October 28, 2010

Utter rubbish.

Just to note, the guy below me makes the most sense ever. Justin bieber is only liked by 10-13 year old girls. All his songs are repetitive and he sings it in a... Continue reading
Kid, 0 years old February 4, 2014

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YES SEE PEOPLE YOU LIKE
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 16, 2011

What's the story?

ONE TIME is the debut single from Justin Bieber, a fifteen-year-old Canadian R&B singer with a true rags-to-riches story: after his single mother posted videos of her son singing on YouTube, Bieber was eventually discovered by uber-famous R&B artist Usher. Despite being mentored by this more mature singer, Bieber's music remains geared toward his age group, with his song giving a squeaky clean story of falling for a girl that he wants to make his one and only. Though Bieber's claim that he \"loves\" his girl is a stretch for this age group, the track is mostly just a sweet account of going steady: \"I'm a be your one guy / You'll be my number one girl / Always making time for you / I'm a tell you one time.\"

Is it any good?

While Bieber's high voice makes him sound like a very young fifteen, his vocals on this track are strong nevertheless. The arrangement is nothing at all new, sticking closely to the synth-pop recipe that typifies most of the music released by his peers like the Jonas Brothers, Mitchel Musso, and countless others. Still, Bieber's cute looks and heartfelt singing about finding his number-one girl will undoubtedly have many a young heart  swooning over this rising star.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What does "one guy, one girl" mean for fifteen year olds? Is it OK for kids to be in exclusive romantic relationships at this age, or should they be hanging out with lots of different kids? 

  • Check out our age-appropriate Parent Advice for more on the issues that kids Justin Bieber's age are facing.

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Release date: July 19, 2009
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: February 25, 2016

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