"What Makes You Beautiful" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Boy band sings about true beauty; great message for tweens.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Talks about the beauty in being humble and modest.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This U.K. quintet likes girls who don't flaunt their beauty.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this up-and-coming boy band from across the Atlantic have already had teen girls swooning when they appeared on the U.K. version of the X Factor. Their breakout single sends a positive message about finding beauty in modesty and humility, rather than being swayed by one who flaunts her looks. And with clean lyrics and content, it's a good bet for most ages. The video features the too-cute quintet frolicking on a beach and singing to an unsuspecting natural beauty.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySheridan86 June 6, 2012

Not as positive as other people think

I have to disagree with the "positive message" this song is sending. It still is only all about a girls looks rather than anything inherently about he... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKidquizine April 13, 2012

An Honest Review From a Directioner!! :)

This is a really beautiful song. I heard this song and then heard the whole album. Their music is really different from anything I have ever heard. I own their... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMiranda B. April 9, 2012

Finally, a boy band that actually has some talent!!

Thank God for One Direction! I was getting so sick of crappy boy bands. This sweet song shows promise of more great music to come from One Direction. There is n... Continue reading

What's the story?

U.K. X Factor alums One Direction bring their cuteness to the U.S. with their breakout single "WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL." As the lead single from their debut album, Up All Night, the boys sing about true beauty. The video features the five guys running all around a pristine beach singing to an unassuming young lady.

Is it any good?

As if their perfectly floppy hairdos and sugary smiles weren't enough to reel you in, Brit boys One Direction also happen to like to sing about girls who don't realize they're beautiful. "You're insecure, don't know what for, turning heads when you walk through the door." The music is catchy and upbeat, and with its positive lyrics and message it's an ideal track for tweens to hear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of this song --"you don't know you're beautiful, that's what makes you beautiful." What do you think makes someone a true beauty? Do you think society feels the same way? What are some ways that media sends positive and negative images when it comes to beauty?

  • What are some ways that parents, relatives, and friends can encourage you to feel beautiful and special? How do you show those that you care about that you think they're beautiful?

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