Jigsaw Falling into Place

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"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
Single by Radiohead
from the album In Rainbows
B-side "Videotape
Down Is the New Up
Last Flowers"
Released 14 January 2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:09
Songwriter(s) Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"2 + 2 = 5"
"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
"2 + 2 = 5"
"Jigsaw Falling into Place"

"Jigsaw Falling into Place" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the lead single from their seventh studio album In Rainbows (2007) on 14 January 2008.[1][2]


The song had the working title "Open Pick" when it was performed during Radiohead's 2006 tour.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

The track reached #30 in the UK singles chart on its first week of release, their lowest ranking chart entry since "Lucky" in 1995. However, "Jigsaw" was the first Radiohead single since the band's inception not to be released through EMI-controlled Parlophone, their former major record label. The single was instead released in the UK by independent label XL Records.

The song spent several weeks as one of the 100-most-played songs on US modern rock radio, peaking at #69,[4] receiving more support than any other In Rainbows song with the exception of "Bodysnatchers", which hit #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart,[5] and House of Cards which peaked at #48.[6]

Time magazine named "Jigsaw Falling into Place" the fifth best song of 2007. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the song’s "tightness", whose rise in intensity he likened to a three-act play, and described the song as "a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes."[7][8] Mike Diver of Drowned in Sound described the track as a "bass-propelled pop-rock head-bobber, easy enough on the ear for indirect consumption."[9] Clash wrote: "It’s good but like the much-hyped In Rainbows album, musically it’s (relatively) unadventurous."[10]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 5th-season finale of CSI: NY in the episode entitled Pay Up.[11] With "Everything in Its Right Place", it inspired contemporary classical composer Steve Reich's instrumental work, Radio Rewrite.[12] Reich describes "Jigsaw" as "a beautiful song" with "elaborate harmonic movement."[12]

Cover versions[edit]

Brad Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live contains a 12-minute improvisation based on this song (disc 1, track 3).

Music video[edit]

The black-and-white music video features the five members of Radiohead playing the song in a room with footage taken using "head cams". The video was directed by Adam Buxton and Garth Jennings. It was uploaded to the band's YouTube page on 28 November 2007. It is the first Radiohead video to feature the whole band since the video for the band's 2003 "2 + 2 = 5" single.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jigsaw Falling into Place" – 4:09
  2. "Videotape" (Live from the Basement)[13] – 4:26
  1. "Jigsaw Falling into Place" – 4:09
  2. "Down Is the New Up" (Live from the Basement)[13] – 5:07
  3. "Last Flowers" (Live from the Basement)[13] – 4:11


  • Thom Yorke - vocals, guitar
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Jonny Greenwood - guitar, ondes Martenot, string arrangement
  • Ed O'Brien - guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Selway - drums


  1. ^ "Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' to be released on CD this year". NME. 2007-11-08. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Radiohead Reveal UK Rainbows Release Date, Single". Pitchfork Media. 2007-11-08. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Pitchfork's Guide to Radiohead's In Rainbows". Pitchfork Media. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Mediabase 24/7 - 7 Day Charts - Alternative - Dec 21-Dec 27". Mediabase. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Radiohead: Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Mediabase Alternative Charts". R&R. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  7. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh; "The Best Top 10 Lists of the Year"; "The 10 Best Songs"; Time magazine; December 24, 2007; Page 39.
  8. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (9 December 2007). "Time magazine's Top 10 Songs of 2007 at time.com". TIME.com. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Diver, Mike (14 January 2008). "Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place". Clash. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "CSI: NY". TuneFind. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis. Steve Reich on Schoenberg, Coltrane and Radiohead. The Guardian (1 March 2013) (accessed 8 March 2013)
  13. ^ a b c "Radiohead announce new release details". NME. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 

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