"#SELFIE" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Viral EDM song for selfie-loving generation; best for teens.





What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

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.

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."

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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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Music details

Artist:The Chainsmokers
Release date:March 4, 2014
Label:Dim Mak Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytwistedlover123 November 29, 2014
I mean, the song isn't really something you should take seriously. It's just one of those songs you get up and dance too. It really has no message. It's mostly for teens. It's just really about having fun, not taking something like this literally. I wouldn't take it personally. I actually love The Chainsmokers they make the best songs and remixes, and there perfectly harmless. Come on people, no need to take this too seriously.
Teen, 13 years old Written byVVINX November 28, 2014

People are taking this too seriously.

This song is not great. The screeching synth makes it purgatory to the ears and the lyrics will make you want to jump off of a building, but just wait; This song is a joke. The Chainsmokers are a great group making great songs, having done catchy originals like "KANYE" and remixes for the likes of Cash Cash and Sultan + Ned Shepard. I emphasize again, this song is a joke. If you're blindly criticizing it because it's annoying, you should take that into account. The Chainsmokers are the biggest new EDM group this year (in my opinion, Galantis is better, but oh well), and for good reason. (If you merely dislike the song because it's annoying, I recommend the Elephante remix. Catchy!)
Kid, 9 years old July 3, 2014

*hits head on desk*

This song is HORRIBLE!!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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