U.F.O. (Coldplay song)

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Song by Coldplay
from the album Mylo Xyloto
Released 19 October 2011 (2011-10-19)
Recorded 2010-11
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 2:17
Mylo Xyloto track listing
  1. "Mylo Xyloto"
  2. "Hurts Like Heaven"
  3. "Paradise"
  4. "Charlie Brown"
  5. "Us Against the World"
  6. "M.M.I.X."
  7. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"
  8. "Major Minus"
  9. "U.F.O."
  10. "Princess of China"
  11. "Up in Flames"
  12. "A Hopeful Transmission"
  13. "Don't Let It Break Your Heart"
  14. "Up with the Birds"
"Up with the Birds"/"U.F.O."
Single by Coldplay
from the album Mylo Xyloto
A-side "Up with the Birds"
Released 21 April 2012 (2012-04-21)
Format 7"
  • 2:17 ("U.F.O.")
  • 6:05 (7" edit)
Label Parlophone
Coldplay singles chronology
"Princess of China"
"Up with the Birds" / "U.F.O."
"Hurts Like Heaven"

"Princess of China"
"Up with the Birds" / "U.F.O."
"Hurts Like Heaven"

"U.F.O." is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The album's opening track, "Mylo Xyloto" and "A Hopeful Transmission" are based on the chords from the second half of this song. After the song ends, the track includes a short instrumental section (reminiscent of "Prospekt's March/Poppyfields") that segues into the following track, "Princess of China". The track also features samples from a sample of Sigur Rós' "Takk...".

It was released on 21 April 2012 as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day, serving as the overall fifth single release from Mylo Xyloto, alongside with "Up with the Birds". On the strength of digital downloads, the track charted at number 43 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart following the release of the album.

Single release[edit]

In celebration of Record Store Day, "U.F.O" was backed as the B-side while "Up with the Birds" was released as a limited edition 7" vinyl single on 21 April 2012.[1] A total of 2,000 copies of the single were pressed;[2] 300 copies were released in France,[3] 500 copies were released in the United Kingdom[4] and 1,000 copies were released in the United States.[5]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
1."Up with the Birds" (7" edit)3:48
2."U.F.O." (7" edit)2:17



  1. ^ "Coldplay – Up With The Birds / UFO". RecordStoreDay.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Exklusive RSD Releases" (in German). RecordStoreDayGermany.de. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Artistes 2012 << Disquaire Day" (in French). DisquaireDay.fr. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Crash Records Online Store – Record Store Day 2012". Crash Records. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Record Store Day – April 21, 2012". Strictly Discs. Retrieved 27 March 2012.