"You Da One" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Not quite as sexy as most RiRi tunes; OK for younger teens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Not applicable

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:January 5, 2012
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written byParamoreAndMe37 March 14, 2012

Could have been better with a tamer music video

In the music video, it looks like rihanna is masturbating all the time! it's so gross, she gives the message that you can't love a person without having sex with him/her, she glamorizes sex too much. But the beat is very good though.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Written byAnonymous February 23, 2013

Not for kids NC-17 Song.

This song is about sex. Not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012

You da One

I really like this song! Very catchy and a great tune. The N word but that's Rihanna for ya.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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