"That Should Be Me" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pop, country stars pair up for sad-but-clean break-up tune.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Simple song about having a broken heart.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Mentions kissing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 16, 2011
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 October 29, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat October 29, 2020


I’m not really a fan of country music but, I like it sometimes. My favorite country singers are Lady A, Luke Bryan, and amp ;Keith Urban. I think my grandma lik... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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