"What Makes You Beautiful" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Boy band sings about true beauty; great message for tweens.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Talks about the beauty in being humble and modest.

Positive role models

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:March 6, 2012
Label:Syco Music
Topics:Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of "What Makes You Beautiful" (CD Single) was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 16 years old Written byOGORMAN 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 nothing you wouldn't want your child to hear. This song is at the top of my playlist in my car. These young men are respectful and exemplify what good role models should be like. What Makes You Beautiful brings to surface all of the things that guys should like about girls instead of just sexual attraction/attributes, such as: "being the way you are is enough", "if only you saw what I can see...", and "the way you smile at the ground, it ain't hard to tell, you don't know you're beautiful".
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old March 24, 2012

It Rockz

This song so far is my second-best single of 2012. It's doing really well, I just love the song and it is just awesome. Nothing is bad with it, and it is positive and they are actually role models, so there it is.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 April 3, 2012

Cute song

It's catchy and cute, it can get tiring, though. But it's still a sweet song :)
What other families should know
Great messages


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?


What are the different ways that you access Common Sense Media ratings and information? (Check all that apply)

Essential Apps Guide