"Only Girl (In the World)" (CD single)

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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Very sexy, but not as graphic as some of Rihanna's songs.

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Positive Messages

Rihanna demonstrates that she values herself in this song, wanting to be treated like the "only girl."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Rihanna's had it tough in recent years with her troubles surrounding former boyfriend Chris Brown, she has started to turn things around and concentrate on her career.


Some fairly suggestive and definitely steamy lines: "Want you to take me like a thief in the night / Hold me like a pillow, make me feel right."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this single isn't quite as racy as previous Rihanna singles, there's no mistaking that sex is the topic at hand here. Lyrics like "Make it last all night, take me for a ride" are direct if not graphic references to sleeping together, though it's not necessarily in an irresponsible (i.e., one-night stand) context. Still, the sexually-charged content results in a song that's too mature for young kids.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille January 20, 2021

Rate this tv-y7

A mature 7 year old can watch it in a clean version but still have a few sexual lyrics but hey kids won’t understand it
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2020

The self-love is strong

In this jam, Rihanna asks potential partners for R-E-S-P-E-C-T. This is how I think a relationship should be, and it's good for kids to hear these messages...

What's the story?

ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) is the first single from the album Loud by R&B power-performer Rihanna. The record is a follow-up to Rated R, the dark and dramatic record that came out of the singer's troubled relationship with fellow R&B star Chris Brown. This track finds Rihanna in a better place than her previous album; the tone isn't as intense and somber. That said, the song still offers enough steamy lyrics about sex to make it too mature for younger ears.

Is it any good?

With a fast-paced synth-beat, "Only Girl (In the World)" sounds even more at home in the dance club than previous Rihanna tracks. The singer's vocals are also particularly strong in this song, finding her belting her heart out in the refrain, especially.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about lines like "Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world / Like I'm the only one that's in command." What are the potential pitfalls involved when one partner in a relationship has a much stronger personality than the other?

  • How can two people in a relationship balance their particular personalities to ensure that each is being treated fairly and respectfully?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: September 27, 2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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