Miracles (Coldplay Song)
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Miracles Coldplay Song
Not to be confused with the other Coldplay song, Miracles (Someone Special).

Single by Coldplay
from the album Unbroken - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released15 December 2014 (2014-12-15)
FormatDigital download
GenrePop rock
Coldplay singles chronology
"Adventure of a Lifetime"
Music video
"Miracles" (Lyric video) on YouTube

"Miracles" is a song by British rock band Coldplay, which was written and recorded for the 2014 drama film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie.[1] The song was first unveiled on 11 December 2014, and released as a single from the film's soundtrack album on 15 December 2014 through Parlophone and Atlantic Records.[2] The song was accompanied by a lyric video, which was released on 22 December of the same year. It is also included on the Japanese edition of the band's seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams (2015).

The song was well received by music critics, who praised its anthemic and uplifting feel. Several sources also noted that the song could be a serious contender for the Academy Award for Best Original Song;[3][4][5][6][7] however, it ultimately did not receive a nomination.[8]


On 28 October 2014, Coldplay announced on its official website that it would be releasing a song written and recorded especially for Unbroken, a film directed and produced by Angelina Jolie and telling the story of American Olympic distance runner and prisoner of war during World War II, Louis Zamperini.[1][9]

On 29 November 2014, Billboard and Gigwise wrote on their websites that a snippet of "Miracles" was used in a commercial for Sky Movies Christmas.[10][11] However, Billboard later updated the article, stating that the song used in the ad was not Coldplay's.[10]


On 11 December 2014, an audio track of "Miracles" was released onto Coldplay's official YouTube channel.[12] It was also announced that the song would be released on 15 December 2014 through Parlophone and Atlantic Records as a part of the Unbroken - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album accompanying the film, and as a single-track digital download via iTunes on the same day.[2]

Critical reception

Eliza Berman of TIME magazine called the track "an anthemic tribute to the film's heroic protagonist," describing its sound as "poppy and easy on the ears, bordering on anthemic as it builds to a cathartic release in the final minute." She also commented, "If someone were to commission a song to play over the credits of a movie about heroic determination that comes out on Christmas Day, Coldplay's 'Miracles' would be it."[13]

Rolling Stone magazine's Daniel Kreps wrote that "It's easy to picture 'Miracles,' which will likely generate some Best Song Oscar buzz, accompanying the Unbroken end credits," and described the song as "piano-driven," "gentle, uplifting" and "reminiscent of Coldplay's latest single 'Ink'."[4]

Ryan Kristobak of The Huffington Post noted, "Sonically similar to the band's most recent album, Ghost Stories, 'Miracles' is a classic Coldplay mixture of sad, yet inspirational, with a dash more of the latter in keeping with the movie's story."[3]

Radio.com's Shannon Carlin commented, "With a sweetly strummed guitar, a twinkling piano and a lot of snapping, this song sounds triumphant and as varied as the film itself. It also sounds ready for its Oscar moment. Frontman Chris Martin sings about angels that talk to him, lightning strikes and floating above the world. It's all pretty magical."[5]

Tom Breihan of Stereogum called the song "a fairly generic uplift anthem that really just sounds like a Coldplay song," adding that "it's a more rhythmically focused Coldplay song than it has to be, and it's a bit surprising hearing the band trying out ideas on syncopation during an Oscar-season end-credits anthem."[6]



Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[15] 153
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 95
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[17] 7
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[18] 9


  1. ^ a b "New song, Miracles, for Unbroken film". Coldplay.com. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "New song Miracles unveiled". Coldplay.com. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b Kristobak, Ryan (11 December 2014). "Listen To Coldplay's New Song 'Miracles' From The 'Unbroken' Soundtrack". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (11 December 2014). "Listen to Coldplay's Uplifting 'Unbroken' Track 'Miracles'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b Carlin, Shannon (11 December 2014). "Coldplay Release New Song 'Miracles' From the Angelina Jolie Film 'Unbroken': Listen". Radio.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (11 December 2014). "Coldplay - "Miracles"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Gallo, Phil (13 December 2014). "Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Gallo, Phil (15 January 2015). "2015 Oscar Nominations: Nods for Common & John Legend, But Nothing for Lorde". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Payne, Chris (11 December 2014). "Hear Coldplay's New Slow Jam 'Miracles' From 'Unbroken' Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (29 November 2014). "Hear A Snippet of Coldplay's 'Miracles' UPDATE". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Cowler, Jasmine (29 November 2014). "Watch: Coldplay preview new track 'Miracles' on Sky advert". Gigwise. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Coldplay - Miracles (Official audio)". YouTube. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ Berman, Eliza (11 December 2014). "Listen to Coldplay's 'Miracles,' from the Soundtrack to Unbroken". TIME. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Unbroken (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Alexandre Desplat". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com - Coldplay - Miracles" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 27th December 2014". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Coldplay Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Coldplay Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 December 2014.

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