"Hymn for the Weekend" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It features uncredited backing vocals from American singer Beyoncé. It was released on 25 January 2016 as the second single from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015), where it appears as the third track. The song peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Coldplay's 17th British top 10.
"Hymn for the Weekend" received mostly positive reviews, with Jody Rosen of Billboard calling it "the album's grooviest". Helen Brown of The Daily Telegraph wrote: "Beyoncé makes more of her appearance on Hymn for the Weekend, bringing her chunky harmonies and no-nonsense brass section to a peppy little excursion into indie r&b which opens with a paradisiacal fanfare and finds Martin dropping out of his falsetto autopilot into a more raw voice." Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe wrote "... it's with the third track, 'Hymn for the Weekend', that the album truly lifts off on the wings of an angelic choir (including Beyoncé), a swaggering piano, and a euphoric, lightly funky track bolstering Martin’s exclamations of feeling high."
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