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

Common Sense Media says

Very sexy, but not as graphic as some of Rihanna's songs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 11 years old February 16, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Cleanest song by Rihanna yet, some iffy stuff

This is a very clean and positive song by Rihanna, which talks about having her man treat her like the "Only girl in the world". I think the CSM review is not very relevant, because this song is not about sex. Even though there are some iffy lines, this song is fine for tweens and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Written byAnonymous December 7, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Not for Kids

2 Sex lines in this song. Common Sense Media is right. The age is off. Not for kids. Hold me like a Pillow. Sex is in this song.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old February 14, 2012
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4
QUALITY
 

Normal Rhianna song.

I haven't noticed anything bad about this song.

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