"#SELFIE" (CD Single)

Music review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Viral EDM song for selfie-loving generation; best for teens.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 17 reviews

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Positive Messages

There are no positive messages here; in fact, the lyrical content perpetuates stereotypes about self-involved, selfie-obsessed teens. Catty behavior, superficial takes on body image, alcohol, and poor self-esteem all are among the negative themes in this song.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Chainsmokers demonstrate a certain level of acumen in recognizing a popular social-media trend and turning a satirical song about the ridiculousness of selfies into a viral sensation -- but a lot of kids and teens may not realize it's a joke, and The Chainsmokers are capitalizing on the craze.


There's nothing explicit, but the girl says she doesn't "know if it's a booty call or not" and later asks her friend if she should "go home with Jason." The video shows scantily clad girls and a few sexually suggestive selfies. 


The female speaking in the song wants to add "Livin' with my bitches, hashtag LIVE" as a caption to her selfie with her friends at the club. In the music video, people wear shirts that say "F--k your #selfie."


#SELFIE is perpetuating the takeover of Instagram culture. The video incorporates actual selfies from Instagram, and the built-in hashtag in the song title encourages listeners to post their own selfies to social media or create parody videos. There are a number of brands, including a Modelo beer can, represented in the selfie montage in the video; visible products and brands include Google Glass, lots of iPhones and Android phones, and North Face clothing. The song references "Summertime Sadness," a popular dance track from Lana Del Rey. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are references to smoking cigarettes, taking shots of alcohol, and vodka. The video has cigarette smoking, champagne spraying, and beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "#Selfie" by The Chainsmokers is a wildly popular dance/pop track about selfie culture. The satirical song is about an unnamed, vain girl at a club whose catchphrase is "But first, let me take a selfie." There's one use of the word "bitches," a few mentions of drinking and smoking, and sexual implications of a girl wondering if she should go home with a guy named Jason. The music video features a montage of selfies with iffy images including a gun and alcohol, scenes of partying, scantily dressed girls, and people wearing shirts that say "F--k your #selfie."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byReneeVicious-Reality January 9, 2016

What is EDM becoming?

I...I have no words for how AWFUL this is. This track is annoying, bland, repetitive, and what message does it even have? Choosing a filter for your stupid self... Continue reading
Adult Written byMarkkkkk April 10, 2014

Fun song, not for kids and Tweens

This is a kind of fun song, but it has some bad things in it as well.
Teen, 16 years old Written bySodaDog March 29, 2014

Awful Song

What is wrong with our generation?
Kid, 11 years old June 3, 2014


Personally I really do not like this song. It is not catchy and it does not have a good message!

What's the story?

Selfies have become so popular -- especially for a generation glued to their smartphones -- that it was named the Oxford Dictionaries' 2013 Word of the Year. With the help of the savvy social-media-marketing company TheAudience and EDM superstar producer Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers' social-media satire quickly became a viral sensation. Using the built-in hashtag, the video incorporates actual selfies from Instagram and features celebrity selfies from David Hasselhoff, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and teen Vine sensation Nash Grier.

Is it any good?

The Chainsmokers have created a clever song that highlights the narcissism of social media with lyrics such as "Can you guys help me pick a filter? / I don't know if I should choose XX Pro or Valencia / I wanna look tan" and "I guess I took a good selfie." It's fun to dance to, but the girl's voice can quickly get annoying and sometimes overshadows the song's pulsating beats. 

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