"Strawberry Swing" is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay and is the fifth and final single from the band's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
"Strawberry Swing" contains influences from afro-pop and highlife music, and is built around finger-picked, distortion-free guitars with a heavy bassline and psychedelic synths. Lead singer Chris Martin explained how the song's musical style came into existence: "My mum comes from Zimbabwe, so I spent a lot of time there. I used to work in a studio where people played that." The overall sound of the song was also inspired by Delakota song "The Rock", which utilizes a backward guitar loop.
In an interview with coldplay.com, Martin stated that he thought "Strawberry Swing" is arguably the best song on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
A promo CD single for the song was released on 6 July 2009. The official single was released on 13 September on digital download. On 31 July 2009, the free "Strawberry Swing" application was launched on iTunes. The single made to the A-list of BBC Radio 1 and the C-List on BBC Radio 2.
A live version of the song appeared on Coldplay's live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft.
The song is part of the international soundtrack to the Brazilian soap opera Tempos Modernos.