"Pray" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Prince of pop urges positive activism to change the world.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song has a super-positive message about actively working to bring about better lives for the less fortunate.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It would be hard to find a better role model than the one in this song, who is constantly looking to make things better in the future.

Violence & Scariness

Talks about "soldiers dying."

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Pray" is another exceptionally positive song by Justin Bieber that's filled with messages about appreciating what you have and trying to improve the situations of those who aren't as lucky. Save for one line about "soldiers dying," there's no swearing or adult content, making it a great choice for tweens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEric the Green April 19, 2012

pure heartfelt compassion.

Pray is outstanding. The arrangement is not "simple," it is brilliant and subtle. The song is beautiful, and far surpasses the Michael Jackson song th... Continue reading
Adult Written byidk lol August 11, 2011


Ok, first of all, this kid doesnt know what he's talking about. I dont even think hes a christian. This music video will not move anybody to pray or take a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybieberandhayes June 29, 2013

Bieber did it again

It's a deep song that makes you think about unfortunate kids. The music video scared me a little...
Kid, 11 years old August 8, 2012


Omg this is such an amazing song from such an amazing person!! :) it makes you realize that you should be happy with what you have and give to others. Everytime... Continue reading

What's the story?

"PRAY" is the only new single on the album My Worlds Acoustic by teen singing sensation Justin Bieber(the rest of the record includes acoustic versions of his previously released tunes). The song contains very positive messages about appreciating what you have,notingproblems and issues in the world around you, and taking action to improve them. Despite one line about "soldiers dying," the song is a great option for listeners of any age, with lots of encouraging lyrics like "I know there's sunshine behind that rain / I know there's good times behind that pain / Hey can you tell me how I can make a change / I close my eyes and I can see a better day."

Is it any good?

Bieber puts his golden pipes to good use in this positive song, backed by a mellow, piano-based beat. The simple arrangements aren't much different than those in many of his other songs, but the formula once again works well for Bieber in this radio-friendly single.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how songs like this one can motivate a listener to become a better person. What can you do to make a difference in your community?

  • Why do you think Bieber released this song?

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Release date: November 27, 2010
  • Label: Disney
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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