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Three Little Birds

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"Three Little Birds"
Bob Marley Three Little Birds.jpg
Single by Bob Marley and the Wailers
from the album Exodus
B-side"Every Need Got an Ego to Feed"
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1980 (single)
GenreRoots reggae
LabelTuff Gong
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers singles chronology
"Could You Be Loved"
"Three Little Birds"
"Redemption Song"

"Three Little Birds" is a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It is the fourth track on side two of their 1977 album Exodus and was released as a single in 1980. The song reached the Top 20 in the UK, peaking at number 17. It is one of Bob Marley's most popular songs. The song has been covered by numerous other artists. The song is often thought to be named "Don't Worry About a Thing" or "Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright", because of the prominent and repeated use of these phrases in the chorus.

Writing and inspiration

The source of Marley's inspiration for the lyrics of "Three Little Birds" remains disputed. They are partly inspired by birds that Marley was fond of that used to fly and sit next to his home.[1] Tony Gilbert, a long time friend of Marley, was present at the time he was writing the song and elaborated, "Bob got inspired by a lot of things around him, he observed life. I remember the three little birds. They were pretty birds, canaries, who would come by the windowsill at Hope Road."[1] However, three female singers from the reggae group I Threes who did shows with Marley claim it is a reference to them.[1] I Threes member Marcia Griffiths remarked, "After the song was written, Bob would always refer to us as the Three Little Birds. After a show, there would be an encore, sometimes people even wanted us to go back onstage four times. Bob would still want to go back and he would say, 'What is my Three Little Birds saying?'"[1]

Uses in media

Former baseball player Shane Victorino, a fan of Bob Marley, used the song's chorus as his at-bat music. During his tenure with the Boston Red Sox, the crowd at Fenway Park would sing along whenever Victorino came to bat.[2] The song became associated with the 2013 Red Sox team, who won that year's World Series.[3]

Connie Talbot version

"Three Little Birds"
Three Little Birds (Connie Talbot song) cover.jpg
Single by Connie Talbot
from the album Over the Rainbow
B-side"You Raise Me Up"
ReleasedJune 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)
FormatCD Single
LabelRainbow Recording Company
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Simon Hill and Rob May
Music video
Three Little Birds on YouTube

"Three Little Birds" was released as the first single by British child singer Connie Talbot on 10 June 2008. It was taken from the 2008 re-release of her 2007 album, Over the Rainbow.

Music video

The music video for the song was shot in Jamaica in late March/early April 2008, and finished on June 9, 2013.[4]

Release and reception

The single peaked at number 3 on the Independent Singles Charts in the United Kingdom,[5] and entered the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart at number 2, dropping to 3 the next week.[6] It then rose back to number 2, and, on the sixth week, reached number 1.[7]

Chart performance

Chart Country Peak Date
Independent Singles Charts United Kingdom 3 20 June 2008
Hot Singles Sales United States 1 27 November 2008

Track listing

1."Three Little Birds"Bob MarleyBob Marley3:08
2."You Raise Me Up"Brendan GrahamRolf Løvland4:04

Maroon 5 version

"Three Little Birds"
Single by Maroon 5
ReleasedJune 9, 2018 (2018-06-09)
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Girls Like You"
"Three Little Birds"
Music video
Three Little Birds on YouTube

American band Maroon 5 recorded a cover of "Three Little Birds", was released as a single on June 9, 2018.[8] It is featured on three Hyundai vehicles are appeared on the promotional advertisements of the Santa Fe and Kona for 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Nexo in the band's official music video.[9]

Music video

A music video was released on June 9, 2018 and was directed by Joseph Kahn.[10]

Critical reception

Maroon 5's version received mixed reviews.

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various June 9, 2018 Digital download [8]


  1. ^ a b c d Goldman (2006), p. 241
  2. ^ "Bob Marley, Shane Victorino and the Series". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (2013-10-31). "Victorino's 'big moment' leads Red Sox back to top". Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ "
  5. ^ "Connies single at No. 3!". Rhythm Riders. 2008-06-20. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  6. ^ "Three Little Birds- Hot 100". Billboard. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 16 November 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  8. ^ a b "Three Little Birds - Single on Apple Music", Apple Music, June 9, 2018, retrieved June 9, 2018
  9. ^ "Hyundai Teams Up Maroon 5 With Its Brand Campaign Anthem for the Upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". Hyundai. June 11, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Cummings-Grady, Mackenzie (June 11, 2018). "Maroon 5 Release Jubilant Cover of Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' for FIFA World Cup: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2018.

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