"Some Nights" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

These messages are a rollercoaster ride, with positive lines like "I was never one to believe the hype" to more negative lyrics like "Why don't we break the rules already?" 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of different behaviors are represented here, ranging from insightful self-discovery to rebellious sentiments. 


A mild line: "I found a martyr in my bed tonight / She stops my bones from wondering just who I am."


One use of the word "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Some Nights" is a pretty accurate assessment of a young adult's emotional ups and downs, describing a guy who's not sure what he stands for -- but tries to find out in fits and starts. While there's a fleeting reference to sex and use of the word "f--k," and the overall tone is somewhat pessimistic, it's a relatively mild tune in the grand scheme of popular music. Parents can feel OK buying the clean version for older tweens and teens. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byrmac72 October 23, 2012

Not for kids!!!

This song is decent, but the singer decides to throw in a nice f-bomb for absolutely no reason. Most of these bands are drug addled lost left wing commies who... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheDude112 May 23, 2018

A great single, and I highly doubt it's written by "drug addled left wing commies"

This song is definitely very interesting and catchy! There is one f--k, but if you get the censored version of the song you should be good! This song definitely... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 7, 2014

Some Nights.....

Ok for kids but there are some sexual references in every song in this album same with the word hell is used 1time in each song and drug conte... Continue reading

What's the story?

SOME NIGHTS is the second single from the album of the same name by Indie popsters who go by the name fun. ("fun[dot]"). In this tune, the three-man band examines the conflicting emotions that often accompany young adulthood, describing feelings of motivation one minute and exasperation the next.

Is it any good?

Though fun. claims hip-hop acts like Kanye West influenced this album, "Some Nights" smacks of Queen's big power-pop anthems. In contrast to its darker lyrics, the song's rapid-fire, clap-based beat has a more upbeat and "fun" feel. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with the complex feelings that can go through a young adult's mind as she or he grows up. Who can you talk to when you are feeling down?

  • What are some of your favorite things to do when you're feeling low?

  • How would you describe this song's sound? Is it typical of the songs you hear on the radio?

Music details

  • Artist: fun.
  • Release date: May 1, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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