"Paradise" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean, sensitive song about facing up to tough problems.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Though the initial message is about trying to escape problems, the song ends on a positive note about coping with life’s ups and downs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages listeners to face their problems rather than run away from them.


One line about dodging “bullets” (problems).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that “Paradise” is a clean song, containing no profanity or allusions to sex, substances, or violence, aside from one line about dodging “bullets” (problems). That said, it does include a somewhat emotional exploration of one girl’s attempt to escape life’s problems through daydreams of “paradise.” Still, it’s an OK choice for tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byNK17 March 11, 2013

really good band/song

Coldplay is one of few bands these days that doesn't involve a breakup, auto tuning, or a chick dancing nude with a bunch of random strangers, i find it ca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykatelyn808 December 21, 2018

Great song!

I love this song, it is one of my favorites. It is about a young girl that finds out the world isn't as kind as she'd like it to be. Things do not go... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2013

This song makes me think of elephants

I like the song. Possibly one of the best songs ever. The song is clean and isn't rude or anything like that. This is irrelevant but the music video has el... Continue reading

What's the story?

“PARADISE” is another entry in the growing list of clean hits by contemporary pop-rock band Coldplay. Though the content is generally mild, the overarching message is slightly mature, describing a girl who indulges in daydreams to escape tough issues.

Is it any good?

Known for simple yet super-catchy hooks, Coldplay fulfills the first expectation here but doesn't quite hit the second mark. This slower-tempo tune lacks some of the plaintive beauty of earlier hits like "Clocks," though it will likely still resonate with die-hard fans of the band who just can't get enough of Chris Martin's falsetto.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about positive ways to deal with your problems besides running away from them. Who could you talk to?

  • How does this song compare to other Coldplay songs in theme and sound? How would you describe Coldplay's music?

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: September 12, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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