Up All Night

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Boy band's debut album is surprisingly solid; OK for tweens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 32 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Sweet songs about real beauty and falling in love with someone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This boy band has a clean image so far, and sings about finding love in a positive, thoughtful way.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some very minor innuendo: "When he lays you down, I might just die inside, it just don't feel right, cuz I can love you more than this."


Mentions Katy Perry.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this boy band from England and Ireland is racing up the charts at home and abroad. After quick success with their debut single here, "What Makes You Beautiful," a sweet song about real beauty, the quintet is poised to make it big in the United States. Although there are some slightly mature themes related to relationships, this album has clean lyrics and content so it's appropriate for tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, 14, and 16-year-old Written byAllpink December 3, 2013

Not for all ages

I'm surprised at the general approval of One Direction. The music is catchy and fun, but the lyrics are Not appropriate for all ages. Lyrics routinely ta... Continue reading
Adult Written bykeepcalmandcarryon August 3, 2012

Good Album for all ages.

This is a really great album for kids of all ages. One Direction is a group of five clean-cut boys. This album features some upbeat poppy tunes and also some sl... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymarry.j.matters May 9, 2015

The Baes

First of all.... this review is coming from a directioner. This album is amazing. The content is appropriate for basically all ages. The only reason I rated it... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysol1302 March 21, 2015

Positive messages about love/beauty

Before you judge One Direction, actually take the time to listen to the music first. Their songs have lots of valuable messages about loving people. Some of the... Continue reading

What's the story?

One Direction is on the fast track to stardom as the new floppy-haired boy band import from the U.K. With major success after their first U.S. single, "What Makes You Beautiful," their debut album UP ALL NIGHT is sure to keep tween girls screaming here and abroad.

Is it any good?

Boy bands are a dime a dozen, right? One Direction has five cute boys. Check. Perfected hair flips. Check. Tight pants and songs about love and relationships. Check. Super-cute accents. Bonus! The thing that makes One Direction stand out is that each song has its own sound, without being the standard, cookie-cutter radio pop you hear every day. Alone, each song could be a quality single. "More Than This" has a raw vulnerability that gives it unusual depth, while the title track "Up All Night" is a catchy club beat that has universal appeal. "I Want" has a different sound, with piano and guitar that show the variety of One Direction and their potential to be much more than one-hit wonders in the U.S.; the nice hair and accents are just the cherry on top.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that boy bands appeal to tween girls and how they are marketed to exploit that. What are some similar qualities that you notice about boy bands? Are these the qualities that make you like a band or not? Or do you base the appeal solely on the music?

  • Do you think that most boy bands, or musicians in general, sing about relationships in a positive or negative light? Think of some songs that portray relationships from both aspects. Do you think one type is more popular or successful than the other?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: March 13, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Syco Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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