"Treasure" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat song gets funky with disco beats; get edited version.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While the song focuses on appearances a lot ("Pretty girl you should be smiling / A girl like you should never look so blue"), the overarching message is how much Mars values his lady and wants her to feel loved and appreciated.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mars shows a positive and upbeat attitude about relationships in this track.


While Mars croons about how sexy his lady is ("You're wonderful, flawless, ooh you're a sexy lady"), the innuendo doesn't go beyond admiring her looks.


In the explicit version of the song, the intro has a computerized voice saying "Baby squirrel, you's a sexy mother f---er," which is also played in the music video. The rest of the song has no iffy language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Treasure" is a fun and funky single from Bruno Mars' album Unorthodox Jukebox. While the explicit version of the song and music video do feature one use of the f-word, the clean version and the rest of the song have no iffy language. And since it has no references to drugs or alcohol, violence, or sex, the track is fine for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRosebud95 November 1, 2013

Sounds MJish

I love it! I just heard "Just The Way You Are", which was good, but I didn't know how good he was was :D

But the beginning in the unedited versi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2013

Good song, but buy the clean version.

In the beginning, in the dirty version, it says, "Baby squirrel, you's a s--y mother******. It is a good song, but BUY THE CLEAN VERSION.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 6, 2021

Bad beginning Good song

This song is a tad s**y and it's weird when in the explicit version the computer says “you’s a s**y motherf** buy the clean version

What's the story?

"TREASURE," the third single from Bruno Mars' album Unorthodox Jukebox, is a retro tribute to disco and his lady love. Upbeat and funky, this single, and the cheesy (but fun!) music video show Mars pouring on the appreciation for his "treasure." Parents will love the '70s- and '80s-style effects in the video.

Is it any good?

After not showing enough appreciation for his girl in "When I Was Your Man," Mars is laying it on thick with "Treasure." But while the lyrics are a little cloying, it's impossible not to get up and dance to this disco-inspired track. And you can't help but laugh through the montage of dated video effects in the hilarious music video. Mars and team obviously had a blast making it and their enthusiasm is infectious. This is definitely a feel-good track that fans of Michael Jackson should love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mars' influences. How was this song influenced by Michael Jackson? What other influences do you hear in his other music?

  • Do you think the intro to the song with profanity was necessary? Do you think it adds anything to the track?

  • What do you think of the music video? Why do you think Mars chooses to make his videos look like they were filmed in other eras?

Music details

  • Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Release date: June 17, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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