"Story of My Life" (CD Single)

Music review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Clean, folksy ballad with an emotional video.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The boys sing of heartache because "she don't feel the same," but their music video points out that your relationship with your family is the most important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents -- perhaps some of the most important people in their lives -- are featured in the music video.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Story of My Life" is a sweet single from One Direction's Midnight Memories album. The band's song features clean lyrics and a sentimental music video, but there's a scene that implied one band mate's relatives have passed away.


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywhenatlasshrugs November 18, 2013

One of their best

Ah, here's where we get to see what's really behind those quiffs and ridiculous dance moves. It's definitely a different sound, but I have to say... Continue reading
Adult Written byRosebud95 November 14, 2013
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2016

One of my Favorite 1D songs

I really like this song. It has well written lyrics and a very sentimental music video.
Kid, 12 years old October 14, 2014

Less than mediocre --- parents, lock up your daughters.

Your 1D fans might like this, but, personally, I HATE most of ONE DIRECTION'S music. Alright, Justin Bieber's worse. But One Direction are the only bo... Continue reading

What's the story?

STORY OF MY LIFE is the second single from Midnight Memories. The boys have taken a literal interpretation of the song's title and share stories from their childhoods in the music video, giving fans an intimate glimpse into their lives.

Is it any good?

Sharing thousands of personal photos makes these British and Irish boys even more lovable. The attention to detail in the recreated scenes is certainly remarkable, and, although the folksy, guitar-driven ballad is a different sound for the pop quintet, Directioners will be swooning over the sweet lyrics and the touching music video.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about One Direction's music video. Why do you think the band chose to share these personal photos? Which recreated story was your favorite, and why?

  • Take a look at some of your old family photos. What stories do they tell? Try to recreate them and see how much you've grown.

  • Do you like the folksy sound of this single or do you prefer the band's pop songs?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: October 25, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Syco Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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