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"The Lazy Song" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"The Lazy Song" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Mostly clean single about taking a break from the rat race.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

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.


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."


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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bynikkiandspirit May 12, 2011
Adult Written byJoleson April 12, 2013


Strutting in birthday suits, having really great sex, 3.9x and monkeys pulling there pants down to undies. The norm
Kid, 11 years old May 26, 2011

Funny song

I like the song and the music video is hilarious. There's nothing bad about this song except for the part where he sings "I'll meet a real nice g... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byilenee. April 17, 2011

my lazy review :D

haha, i love this song. it makes me smile in a way :D but that part that says "have some really nice sex" isn't very good to hear o.o but bes... Continue reading

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

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