"That Should Be Me" (CD Single)



Pop, country stars pair up for sad-but-clean break-up tune.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Simple song about having a broken heart.

Positive role models

The song points out that a person shouldn't stay in a hurtful romantic relationship.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Mentions kissing.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although "That Should Be Me" strays a bit from Justin Bieber's uber-upbeat approach -- focusing on a break-up instead of the usual great relationship -- it's still a clean song that features no adult content aside from one reference to kissing. With no overtly negative or pessimistic lyrics, the tune is fine for tweens.

What's the story?

Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts -- two of the biggest names in their respective musical genres, pop and country -- have teamed up for the track "THAT SHOULD BE ME," a tune that chronicles the sad end of a failed romantic relationship. While the topic is a departure from Bieber's typically positive songs about relationships that are going well, it doesn't delve into negative territory with any vindictive references, profanity, or sex. The tune is fine for tweens and teens, and adult country music fans might be interested as well.

Is it any good?


If there's ever anything lackluster about a Bieber song, you can bet it's not his vocals, which are as strong as ever in this tune. While the vocal contribution from Rascal Flatts is equally solid, the music itself plods along, with a somewhat boring arrangement that sounds not much different than the typical slow song. The end result is more musical filler than stand-out song, though it should still satisfy die-hard fans of both artists who are hungry for any new music they can get.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the effects of the match-up between the two distinct musical styles -- pop and country -- represented in this song.

  • Why would a teen pop sensation like Bieber choose to collaborate with adult country stars like Rascal Flatts -- and vice versa?

  • Do you think fans on both sides will like the tune? Why or why not?

Music details

Artists:Justin Bieber, Rascal Flatts
Release date:April 1, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byadtr_forever July 29, 2011


This song is good. Not my favorite, but good. It's got Rascal Flatts who are a country group, and Justin Bieber, who is a pop singer. The tune/beat/sound sounds good together.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 4, 15, and 17 year old Written byconcernedparent1589 May 10, 2011


No ones mentioning the language prob!!! They say kiss like a million times and that also gos for sex. Tgey are talking about girls. Do u think i would eva let my kids date!?!? Bad message!!!!
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byJBiebsOLLG April 23, 2011

all ages!

I 110% LOVEE the song. its great for all ages, but I just put 12+ becuase i'm not sure if people under the age would get the actual point of the song. 12+ also becuase that's the age girls and guys start to date. (: haha.
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