I'm Like a Bird

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"I'm Like a Bird"
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album Whoa, Nelly!
B-side "I Feel You"
"Party (Reprise)"
"My Love Grows Deeper"
Released October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, folk, R&B
Length 4:03
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Nelly Furtado
Producer(s) Gerald Eaton, Brian West
Certification 2× Platinum (ARIA)[1]
Nelly Furtado singles chronology
"I'm Like a Bird"
(2000)
"Turn Off the Light"
(2001)
Alternative cover
European cover
Audio sample
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"I'm Like a Bird" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, and produced by Gerald Eaton and Brian West, as the first single from her first album, Whoa, Nelly!.

It was one of the most successful singles of 2001, peaking at number one on the Canadian Singles Chart, as well as number two in Australia and New Zealand, number five in the United Kingdom, and number nine in the United States.

The song received very positive reviews from music critics for Furtado's singing and the empowering lyrics, and became one of the most critically acclaimed songs of 2001. Many also consider it to be her signature song; Furtado herself commented "There's a simplicity about it that I love," and "It's my freedom song". The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, making Furtado the first female act to win the award for her debut single since Mariah Carey did so ten years earlier and the last to be awarded to a Canadian artist winner in the category. It also won the Juno Award for Single of the Year.

Background[edit]

"I'm Like a Bird" is composed in common time in the key of B♭ major.[2] The song moves at 90 beats per minute, and Furtado's voice spans around an octave and a half, from F3 to B♭4.[2] It is written in verse-chorus form, with a bridge before the second chorus.[2]

Furtado said of the song, "I've heard it sung at karaoke or by cover bands and it was awesome — I was like, wow, I've got one of those songs. Somebody once called it a 'hairbrush song', one that girls and guys sing in front of the mirror with their hairbrush. I just think I'm lucky I have it — it's paying the bills!"[3]

Music video[edit]

The CGI-based music video for "I'm Like a Bird" was directed by Francis Lawrence.[4] The video begins in the sky where the camera slowly pans down onto Furtado, who is lying in the grass. It then shows her singing on a tree trunk in mid-air. In the chorus she gets up and starts singing to the camera while birds are flying around her. The second verse shows her sitting in mid-air in a forest, while singing to the camera. The chorus consists of flashes of Furtado singing in mid-air, again, while leaning on the tree trunk. During the bridge she is singing to a bug while her eyes change colour. The conclusion of the video shows her falling backwards from a branch into a crowd as she sings the final chorus of the song. The last shot pans out to reveal a crowd of ten thousands.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "I'm Like a Bird" (LP version) – 4:02
  2. "Party" (Reprise) (non-LP version) – 4:53
  3. "My Love Grows Deeper" (non-LP version) – 4:54
  4. "I'm Like a Bird" (video) – 4:02
German 2-track single
  1. "I'm Like a Bird" (LP version) – 4:02
  2. "Party" (Reprise) (non-LP version) – 4:53
German 4-track single
  1. "I'm Like a Bird" (LP version) – 4:02
  2. "Party" (Reprise) (non-LP version) – 4:53
  3. "My Love Grows Deeper" (non-LP version) – 4:54
  4. "I Feel You" (featuring Esthero) – 4:08

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the Whoa, Nelly! album liner notes.[5]

Official versions[edit]

  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Junior Vasquez Club Anthem Remix) – 10:21
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Junior Vasquez Club Anthem Padapella) – 9:12
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Junior Vasquez Earth Anthem Radio Mix) – 6:30
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Gavo's Martini Bar mix) – 6:56
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Your Mom's Mix) - 7:27
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Moon mix) – 4:27
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Tara remix)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (F Man remix)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Vadco Martini mix)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Bubbling Reggae remix)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Asha vs. Nelly Remix) – 5:33
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Studio Version from Get Loose Tour) – 5:51
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Radio promo) – 4:02
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (LP version) – 4:04
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Acoustic version) – 4:29
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Piano version)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Karaoke version)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Instrumental version)
  • "I'm Like a Bird" (Element 101 Cover from Punk Goes Pop)

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Canada November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)
Europe February 19, 2001 (2001-02-19)
United Kingdom February 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001)[6] Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 13
France (SNEP)[13] 33
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 4
Italy (FIMI)[16] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 17
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[20] 24
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 9
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 6
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[26] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[27] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARIA Accreditations
  2. ^ a b c Sheet music for "I'm Like a Bird". Nelstar Publishing. 2001.
  3. ^ de Silverio, Victoria. "Nelly Furtado: Free As A Bird". Blender. July 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  4. ^ Method Studios - Nelly Furtado "I'm Like a Bird"
  5. ^ (2000) Album notes for Whoa, Nelly! by Nelly Furtado [liner notes]. DreamWorks Records.
  6. ^ "International Chart Performance". Swisscharts. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Nelly Furtado.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". VG-lista.
  20. ^ Romanian 2001 end-of-year charts
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ "Nelly Furtado – I'm Like A Bird – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Nelly Furtado" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Nelly Furtado.
  25. ^ "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  26. ^ "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  27. ^ "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Nelly Furtado.

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Preceded by
"Bobcaygeon" by The Tragically Hip
Juno Award for Best Single
2001
Succeeded by
"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback