Coldplay is a rock band formed in London in 1996. The members of the band met while studying at University College in London. They are vocalist, pianist, and rhythm guitarist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, drummer Will Champion, and bassist Guy Berryman. Prior to becoming Coldplay, they originally called themselves Pectoralz and then Starfish. They consider Phil Harvey, their creative director and former manager, the band’s fifth member. During their career, Coldplay has released eight studio albums, six live albums, six compilation albums, four video albums, 15 Eps, three films, 61 music videos, 36 singles, 14 promotional singles, and three charity singles. Here are our picks for the 10 best Coldplay songs of all time.
10. Talk (2005)
According to Best Music Lists, one of the best Coldplay songs of all time is ‘Talk.’ The track was Coldplay’s first chart-topping hit in the Netherlands. However, its success elsewhere in the world varied. It was written by the members of the band, and it appeared on the album ‘X&Y.’ Coldplay did a remix version of the song called ‘Thin White Duke.’ Both versions of the song were nominated for Grammy Awards, and the remix won the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
9. Violet Hill (2008)
‘Violet Hill’ is an anti-war protest song written by all the band members. It featured on their fourth studio album, ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.’ It reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart and number nine on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. ‘Violet Hill’ was nominated for multiple awards. Many other artists have since covered or samples this song.
8. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (2011)
The lead single from Coldplay’s fifth studio album, ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ was ‘Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.’ It was also released as an exclusive digital EP. The song peaked at number six in the UK and number 14 in the United States. In the song, there are elements of ‘I Go to Rio,’ which is a song written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson in 1976. ‘Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall’ was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and it was used as the theme song for the live-action film adaptation of the ‘Space Brothers’ manga.
7. Princess of China (2012)
Coldplay has collaborated with various artists throughout their careers. ‘Princess of China’ is a fantastic example of successful collaboration, as it features Rihanna. This song was most successful in the UK, where it peaked at number four, and it was also a top ten hit in New Zealand. Rihanna and Chris Martin star in the music video for this song, with Rihanna imitating a many-armed goddess and both artists participating in a sword fight.
6. Fix You (2005)
‘Fix You’ was the first Coldplay song to go triple-Platinum. It was released in 2005 and was the second single from the album ‘X&Y.’ It reached number four on the charts in both the UK and Canada. Chris Martin started writing this song to comfort Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife at the time, following the death of her father.
5. Speed of Sound (2005)
‘Speed of Sound’ was a top ten hit in the UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. It was the title track on the album ‘X&Y.’ The track was co-written by the four band members, and it was inspired by the work of Kate Bush. It won a Brit Award for the Best British Single in 2006, and it was also nominated for two awards at the 48th Grammy Awards.
4. In My Place (2002)
Coldplay almost made it to the top of the UK charts with ‘In My Place,’ but it fell just short peaking at number two. It also reached number two in Canada and number four in Italy. This track was written by all four band members, and it was the lead single from their album, ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head.’ The band found it hard to record this track, as they were used to playing it live and had conflicting ideas about how it should sound.
3. Something Just Like This (2017)
Discotech lists ‘Something Just Like This’ as one of the best Coldplay songs of all time. It is one of Coldplay’s best collaborations, as they released this song with The Chainsmokers. It featured on Coldplay’s 13th EP ‘Kaleidoscope,’ and also on The Chainsmokers debut album ‘Memories… Do Not Open.’ The song was a top ten hit in various locations around the world, including reaching number two in the UK and number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. Paradise (2011)
‘Paradise’ is one of Coldplay’s biggest and most recognizable hits, and it featured on the album ‘Mylo Xyloto.’ It topped the UK Singles Chart and was a top ten hit in Australia, France, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, and the Netherlands. This song won the 2012 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. The song has been used in television advertisements in the UK and the United States, in the montage recapping the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in the trailers for ‘Life of Pi,’ an Academy Award-winning film.
1. Viva la Vida (2008)
Coldplay’s most commercially successful song is ‘Viva la Vida,’ which was the lead track on the 2008 album ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.’ It topped the charts in the UK and the United States, and it was also a top ten hit in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany. At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, ‘Viva la Vida’ won the Grammy Award for the Song of the Year.’ Since it was first released, more than 9.44 million copies have been sold.