Canadian-American singer Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird” never gets old, even though it was released almost 14 years ago (doesn’t that age you?). There’s something about it– the lyrics, instrumentals, video– it’s just a great, timeless track. I hear it at least once a day– today it was on the radio when I left work.
Birds are one of my favorite animals (besides cats, of course). Being able to fly anywhere you want, alone, or with a group, really appeals to me. Thus, this has been one of my favorite songs since it came out. Even when I was little, I was soul searching, and in need of adventure.
This song was very popular throughout 2001 in Canada, the United Kingdom and United States. The song made Nelly the first female artist to win a Grammy on a debut single since Mariah Carey; the track earned Furtado “Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” If that’s not empowering enough, take a closer listen to the lyrics, in the piece Furtado describes as her “freedom song.”