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I'm Like A Bird

"I'm Like a Bird"
B-side "I Feel You"
"Party (Reprise)"
"My Love Grows Deeper"
Released October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
(See release history)
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, folk, R&B
Length 4:03
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Nelly Furtado
Producer Gerald Eaton, Brian West
Certification 2× Platinum (ARIA)[1]
Nelly Furtado singles chronology

"I'm Like a Bird"
"Turn Off the Light"

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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, reaching number one in Canada, number two in Australia and New Zealand, number five in the UK, 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. Even Furtado herself likes the song, explaining "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.


"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

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 mosh-pit as she sings the final chorus of the song. The last shot pans out to reveal a crowd of millions.

Track listing

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


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

Official versions

  • "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

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)


Chart (2001)[6] Peak
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 AG)[14] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 4
Italy (FIMI)[16] 16
Netherlands (Mega 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 Pop Songs (Billboard)[25] 6
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[26] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[27] 26

Award successions

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


External links

  • YouTube
  • Template:MetroLyrics song

Template:Nelly Furtado singles

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