"Who Says" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Empowering anthem for young girls; great choice for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 45 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Great message about loving yourself no matter what anyone says and realizing your own beauty, inside and out.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is all about empowerment and a healthy, positive self-image.

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

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is a great anthem for young Disney Channel fans and tweens who've lost positive role models in stars like Miley Cyrus. Gomez's new single is all about loving yourself and feeling beautiful, no matter what anyone else might say. There's no objectionable content.

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User Reviews

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Parent Written byMomma K. June 27, 2017

Very Good!

Who says is a great song for people who are being bullied. The lyrics are clean,empowering and child friendly. Selena Gomez is a great role model for teens and... Continue reading
Adult Written bybianca7788 May 16, 2011

same old

Same old bubblegum pop.
Kid, 9 years old March 9, 2013

Love it, powerful message to girls.

Overall, this is a great song. It delivers positive messages by saying "who says your not pretty, and who says your not beautiful." That delivers a po... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2013

Inspiring!

I think this is an amazing and inspiring song, great for any age. It shows not to care what other people think of you, and Selena is a great singer.

What's the story?

Adolescent and tween-age girls need positive female pop stars to look up to, and it's looking like Selena Gomez is primed to take the spot that Miley Cyrus once filled. Gomez's single "WHO SAYS" is an uplifting song about seeing and realizing the beauty in yourself, despite what others may say. The video shows Gomez happily shedding the "shell" of beauty -- designer gown and photo shoot make-up -- down to her bare feet and natural beauty, saying, "I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me."

Is it any good?

Although she's cute as a button, Gomez was in danger of becoming yet another interchangeable Disney pop star. "Who Says" reveals a slightly more abrasive, organic quality to Gomez's voice that's refreshing, real, and much more appealing. Different from her previous club-friendly singles, "Who Says," which features Gomez's band, The Scene, is acoustic pop with singable lyrics and a catchy chorus that makes you feel good about yourself: "I wouldn't wanna be anybody else."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the song shrugs off the idea that there's only one type of beauty and embraces the fact that there's beauty in all of us. Do you think there's enough of this kind of positive empowerment in entertainment today?

  • What does it mean to be a positive role model? Do you think it's fair to expect celebrities, especially those on networks like Disney, to be positive role models for young fans? Do you think younger fans can distinguish between the character that they love on a show and the real person?

  • What does the phrase "judging a book by its cover" mean? Can you think of an instance where you might have judged someone solely based on the way they looked or dressed?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: March 14, 2011
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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