"The Lazy Song" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Mostly clean single about taking a break from the rat race.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Despite a couple of eyebrow-raising lines, the song has an overall positive message about taking time out from the rat race to relax every once in a while.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song encourages kids to take a day to ignore their phones and have some downtime.

Violence
Sex

One line about "find a really nice girl, have some really nice sex." Also, "turn the TV on, throw my hand in my pants" and "I'll just strut in my birthday suit and let everything hang loose."

Language
Consumerism

Mentions of MTV, Snuggies, and P90X.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "The Lazy Song" doesn't have any graphic language or mention adult topics like substance use or violence, it does include a couple of lines about having sex and "strutting in my birthday suit." Still, these references are the exception in what's overall a clean song that's OK for younger teens. The song's message is mostly positive: Ignore the cell phone, and take a day to unwind.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoleson April 12, 2013

Well,

Strutting in birthday suits, having really great sex, 3.9x and monkeys pulling there pants down to undies.
The norm
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 25, 2012

Best Bruno Mars Song!

I listened to this song on the radio one day and I loved it.The rythm was catchy as well as the lyrics
Kid, 11 years old May 15, 2014

love this song...and bruno mars!

except for the one line about sex, this song is fine for children five and up! this is a great song about how you should take a day off sometimes! the album whe... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 28, 2012

A great song to listen to on a boring day.

This is a great song! There are positive messages,positive role models,and a GREAT rythm! HOWEVER there is sex in this song,but I can ignore THAT!

What's the story?

THE LAZY SONG is the third single from velvet-voiced singer Bruno Mars's debut album, Doo Wops and Hooligans. The story behind the tune is all about taking time out from life's hectic pace to spend a day "not doing anything." Though it includes a couple of eyebrow-raising lines about finding a "really nice girl" and having some "really nice sex," as well as strutting around in your "birthday suit," the song omits any profanity or hardcore mentions of adult topics -- making it an age-appropriate choice for teens.

Is it any good?

With a lighthearted sound akin to his single "Billionaire" with Travie McCoy, Mars has created another pop anthem with mass appeal. Hissweet vocal high tones add to the fun, demonstrating once again why he's become a fixture at the top of the charts. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking a day off to relax. Why is it so hard to make time to unwind? Do you feel pressure to be connected all the time?

  • The song encourages listeners to ignore their phones and relax; is this realistic? Could you take a break from your phone or computer for a day?

  • What would your perfect "lazy day" be like?

Music details

  • Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Release date: April 5, 2011
  • Label: Elektra
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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