"Rude" (CD single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Love prevails over dad's objections in fun reggae-pop song.

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Positive Messages

The message of the song is that everyone should be allowed to love and marry whom they want, regardless of parental approval. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lyrics are sweet and tell a heartwarming story about a man who will not be deterred from marrying the woman he loves -- even in the face of her disgruntled, disapproving father. 


"Rude" is about love and commitment, but there is no sexual content in the song.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Rude" is a heartwarming, good-vibes summer jam about asking a girl's father for her hand in marriage, being denied his blessing, and running off to "marry her anyway." The tune is catchy, the lyrics are cute and clean, and the accompanying music video illustrates this story of persistent courtship.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile January 18, 2020

Fun song

Younger kids will find it boring bcause they won't understand the lyrics. I think it is quite a good song.
Kid, 8 years old July 10, 2015

What's the story?

RUDE is the debut single from Canadian rock/reggae-fusion outfit Magic!. The song is about a man asking his girlfriend's father for his daughter's hand in marriage, only to be rejected, leading singer Nasri to lament, "Why you gotta be so rude? Don't you know I'm human, too?" However, the denial doesn't seem to dissuade him, since he resolves "I'm gonna marry her anyway."

Is it any good?

The story is sweet and simple, the island vibes are infectious and well executed, and the hook is dangerously catchy. Fans of pop-rock, ska, and watered-down reggae will love the clean, crisp bounce of the guitars and steel drums, while lead singer Nasri's voice is warm and engaging. The lyrics aren't especially profound or poignant, but anyone who has ever felt the sting of a lover's disapproving family can relate to the time-tested trope.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of seeking parental approval before marriage. In the modern age, should parents have the right or responsibility to dictate whom their children should or shouldn't choose as a life partner?

  • Every few years, there seems to be a reggae-infused pop hit, usually in the summertime. Why do you think there's always a market for this type of song, while reggae in general is more of a niche genre?

Music details

  • Artist: Magic!
  • Release date: May 20, 2014
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Reggae
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: April 22, 2021

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