"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" (CD Single)

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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean, positive tune about turning lemons into lemonade.

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Positive Messages

An uplifting message about seeing the good in everything.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Emphasis on turning the lemons that life lobs at you into lemonade.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" is a positive song about finding the good in every circumstance. It includes no profanity or graphic references to adult content like sex, substance use, or violence, making it a fine choice for younger audiences.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDogMediaLover June 22, 2014

Every Teardrop is a... yawn

An example of a perfectly good song ruined by bad production. Who thought to stick a club disco beat in a Coldplay song? It has good lyrics, it's catchy, i... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 7, 2011


OH MY GOD THIS SONG IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Thank god there's nothing too serious about this song. This song is a fun, clean song for all ages.

What's the story?

"EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL" is a super-positive single from global pop stars Coldplay. Like much of the band's music, this track is very clean, with no graphic language or mature topics -- opting instead for exceptionally uplifting lyrics about seeing the good in every situation: "As we soar walls, every siren is a symphony, and every tear is a waterfall." In general, the song is another fine pick for young and old Coldplay fans alike.

Is it any good?

Never a band to look a gift horse in the mouth, Coldplay once again returns to the tried-and-true with this song -- sticking to a basic yet catchy chord structure that's simple as can be but still manages to hook you. Just like "Clocks," "Speed of Sound," and so many others that came before, this tune reaches out and grabs you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to maintain a positive outlook despite sad or difficult things that happen in your life.

  • Think of a time when you felt down, and describe some of the things you learned from that experience that helped make you into a better person.

  • Name five things you can do to help yourself feel better when something bad has happened.

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: June 5, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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