Birds (Coldplay song)

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Promotional single by Coldplay
from the album A Head Full of Dreams
Released 2 January 2016 (2016-01-02)
Length 3:49
Label Parlophone
Music video
"Birds" on YouTube

"Birds" is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was produced by the band's long-time record producer Rik Simpson along with Norwegian production duo Stargate. It appears as the second track on their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015).

Music video[edit]

Salvation Mountain, where the video was filmed.

An official music video was also released by the band.[1][2][3] The video was directed by Marcus Haney. It was set to the backdrop of the Colorado Desert's famous Salvation Mountain. The entire video was shot on a Super 8mm camera. The director wrote on Instagram: "It's a tribute of thanks to the late artist Leonard Knight for creating Salvation Mountain and bringing so much joy to everyone who's come across it."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Stuart Berman of Pitchfork called the song "a shot of taut, Phoenix-styled motorik pop that provides a rare moment of intensity on an album that’s all about arm-swaying, Super Bowl-crashing bombast".[5]


Chart (2015) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 83
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 156
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 31


  1. ^ "Coldplay - Birds (Official music video)". YouTube, Coldplay Official. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Coldplay (official facebook page)". Coldplay Facebook. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Coldplay Gets Psychedelic in the Desert for 'Birds' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Coldplay explore Colorado's Salvation Mountain in their colourful Birds music video". Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Berman, Stuart (4 December 2015). "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ " – Coldplay – Birds" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK - New Chart Entries - 19.12.2015". 19 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Coldplay Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard.

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