"The Only Exception" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean song about overcoming pessimism to find love.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Though this song takes a very cautious and somewhat skeptical view of love, it ultimately supports the notion of letting yourself care deeply for someone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The only times the members of Paramore are in the media spotlight are when they're climbing the charts -- making them good role model material.


One benign reference to an adult sleep-over: "I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is a fine choice for tweens and teens. It features no graphic language or adult content, aside from one light line about "when you wake up" -- implying that the singer and object of her affection are sleeping under the same roof.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012


This is the WORST song i've EVER heard! It is played by Paramore and I HATE Paramore! First off,the lyrics are babyish (the beginning is a great example of... Continue reading
Adult Written byteddybear88 October 28, 2011

Luv it, ok for kids.

I love this song. There is nothing wrong with it, made me cry the firstvtime I heard this song!
Teen, 13 years old Written byFezesAreCool February 24, 2013

Sweet song, 8+

Nothing bad really, sweet song but not quite as good as some of their other stuff.
Teen, 16 years old Written byDuper_Drew August 9, 2012

Paramore blows!

This is the worst song of all time! The lyrics are terrible,and they could even be called childish! I mean the song starts with "when I was younger I was m... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE ONLY EXCEPTION is another single off of Brand New Eyes, the third album from alt-rock band Paramore. Also featured on an episode of the TV show Glee, the track tells the story of a girl who develops a pessimistic take on love after watching her parents' failed relationship. In a nod to optimism, however, the girl ultimately finds someone who helps to break her belief that love's not worth it: "And I've always lived like this / Keeping a comfortable distance because none of it was ever worth the risk / Well, you are the only exception..." With no questionable language or content aside from a fleeting line about sleeping under the same roof ("I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up"), this song is a good choice for tweens and teens looking for some clean, solid alt-rock music.

Is it any good?

Like most of Paramore's songs, "The Only Exception" is fairly straightforward musically, featuring a simple melody and lead singer Hayley Williams' pure if not earth-shattering vocals. The end result proves that complicated isn't always best: the song is a lovely ode to real love that's sure to become the anthem of tweens and teens everywhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the children of couples who have rocky marriages can grow up to become adults who have fulfilling relationships themselves. How can you learn the skills needed to maintain a healthy relationship?

  • What examples can you take from the relationships you see your parents in -- good and bad?

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