"You Da One" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Not quite as sexy as most RiRi tunes; OK for younger teens.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing too positive or negative; simply another song about love and romance from Rihanna.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tune is about a romantic relationship, with no role model behaviors discussed.


Some steamy lines like, "You should've give it to me good like that / Should've hit it like that / Had me yellin' like that."


One use of the "N" word.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "You Da One" is among Rihanna's cleaner songs. It's somewhat less steamy than the singer's other tracks but still has its moments ("You should've give it to me good like that / Should've hit it like that / Had me yellin' like that"). There is one "N" word. With no references to violence and substance use, or excessive sexiness, it's one of the better choices in the Rihanna repertoire for younger listeners.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydanceteacher March 5, 2012

No Way!

Too racy for children. Most of the innuendos children will not understand... but they are present.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Kid, 9 years old April 19, 2016

The best upbeat Rihanna has ever done

There are sexual sounds and one curse word that sounds hidden. I couldn't even hear the curse word. It's a nice romantic but upbeat song. Rihanna fina... Continue reading

What's the story?

"YOU DA ONE" is the second single from Talk That Talk, the sixth full-length album from Caribbean R&B singer Rihanna. No lyrical surprises here -- the track is quite a bit like so many Rihanna songs that came before, discussing RiRi's affections for her number-one man.

Is it any good?

Rihanna's native island flavor crops up once again in this tune, with a reggae-infused beat that reflects her Caribbean roots. While the resulting track is nothing new, it will still appeal to the legions of dedicated fans who can't get enough of the RiRi formula.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why so many of Rihanna's songs focus on the same topic -- love and romance -- over and over again. Do artists like Rihanna deserve to grow so successful by simply repeating the same musical formula time after time, or do they have an obligation to provide their fans with a fresh perspective?

  • What other topics besides romantic relationships would you like to hear Rihanna cover in her songs?  


Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: January 5, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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