"Today Was a Fairytale" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Innocent love song for tweens from a PG-13 movie soundtrack.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Basic love song doesn't really have any profound messages. The romantic theme is simple and a bit self-effacing. "You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess, today was a fairytale."

Positive role models

Taylor Swift has handled herself well in the public eye thus far.

Sex

There is only one line that has any reference to romantic interaction: "But can you feel this magic in the air? It must have been the way you kissed me." This line is repeated several times throughout the song.

Consumerism

Since the single is off of the soundtrack to Valentine's Day, the song can be heard promoting the movie and Swift's acting role in the flick, as well.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there aren't any surprises in this Taylor Swift single. Just like most of Swift's other hits, it's a song about young love and the joys of youthful crushes, sprinkled with bits of her trademark self-awareness. Although the song is about love, there's no need to worry about sexy stuff here as it's all perfectly innocent. However, parents should make a note that although this single is safe for nearly all ages, the movie it's inspired by, Valentine's Day, is rated PG-13.

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What's the story?

"TODAY WAS A FAIRYTALE" might sum up the single's debut for Taylor Swift. On its first day of sales on iTunes the single sold close to 100,000 digital downloads. That brings Swift's digital sales to over 25 million, a staggering number. Besides its stellar sales performance, the single is also making awards news. It's being reported that Swift will perform the song at this year's Grammy Awards. This is sure to be only the beginning of the headlines for Swift, with this single coming off the soundtrack for the film, Valentine's Day, which also marks the singer's acting debut.

 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Taylor Swift's genuine appeal shines on this single as she doles out sweet-sounding lyrics with her subtle country guitar in the background. Her songwriting skills come through with bits of everyday life intermixed with the traditional love themes. "Today was a fairytale, I wore a dress, you wore a dark grey t-shirt, you told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess, today was a fairytale." It's no surprise why her songs are instantly accessible to teen audiences. You can almost hear the clang of lockers and the smell of chem lab while listening to these idealistic lyrics of first loves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Taylor Swift as a role model. Do you think she is someone young girls in particular should aspire to emulate? How does her image differ from other female pop stars?

  • How do you think music is used to promote a movie? Are you paying more attention to the film Valentine's Day since hearing this single? Do you think the movie's promoters knew that a Taylor Swift single would attract major attention for the film? What other ways do movies try to attract attention from young people?

  • Talk about setting realistic goals. Looking at Taylor Swift's record-breaking career, do you feel insecure about your own accomplishments in comparison, or does her success inspire you to dream big as well? What things do you think Swift has to sacrifice now that she is a mega-music star? Would you like to trade places with her for a day or a year?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:January 19, 2010
Label:Big Machine Records
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015
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2
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Sweet song with little to no sex and more messages then sex

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Adult Written byTaylorSwiftFan2008 July 13, 2014
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But can you feel this magic in the air? It must have been the way Taylor Swift kissed me.

Ok the Song today was a Fairytale was from the movie Valentines Day and the film is rated PG-13 but despite the movie rating this song by Taylor Swift is age approved but there is a line that is love related "But can you feel this magic in the air? It must have been the way you kissed me." but over all the song is age appropriate and I know in my last reviews on Taylor Swift's other music I've pointed some things are a little unsure but when I hear it or see it is a parental caution
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 August 25, 2011
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QUALITY
 

Cute, Innocent Love Song

I haven't seen the movie, but I like the song pretty well. Of course it's Taylor Swift so I guess I could be biased :). It's about romance, (with lines like, "Can you feel this magic in the air/it must have been the way you kissed me) but it's innocent.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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