This was the breakthrough hit single for Coldplay. Reportedly the title “Yellow” came up somewhat randomly in an effort to title the song. Multiple stories exist to explain how the band decided on “Yellow.” Chris Martin told Howard Stern that the word means nothing at all, and through the years he made up stories about it to encourage an interviewer to move on to the next question. Once “Yelllow” was settled on, the rest of the lyrics were then built around the title.
2. Viva la Vida
One of the well-known classics – “Viva la Vida,” the title track of the band’s first collaboration with Brian Eno in 2008, balances Coldplay’s taste for soaring melodies with a stately, relatively understated string arrangement. The song has the distinction of being not only the band’s only Number One hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 sales chart, but also the first Number One single by a British group since 1996.
Coldplay had their first hit songs in 2000 and rose through the decade to become one of the world’s most beloved pop-rock bands. Their hits could be heard all over the world and at a wide variety of events. These are 10 of the best Coldplay songs.
“Paradise” was the second single released from Coldplay’s album Mylo Xyloto. It earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
4. Speed of Sound
Chris Martin of Coldplay has said that “Speed Of Sound” was inspired by the band listening to music by Kate Bush and his own daughter Apple. The drumbeat was inspired by Kate Bush’s song “Running Up That Hill.” “Speed Of Sound” was released as the lead single for the album X and Y. It reached the top 10 on the US pop singles chart becoming the band’s biggest hit single to that point. It also reached the top 10 at adult pop and alternative radio.
5. Hymn for the Weekend
Featuring uncredited additional vocals by Beyonce, “Hymn For the Weekend” was released as the second single from the album A Head Full of Dreams. This Coldplay song was originally intended to be a more simple party anthem, but it evolved into exploring what happens when an angelic person enters your life. “Hymn For the Weekend” accomplished the unusual feat of reaching the top 10 on both the rock and dance charts.
6. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Coldplay released “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” to introduce their album Mylo Xyloto. It received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. The song was written around elements of the 1976 single “I Go To Rio” by Peter Allen. Coldplay clarified for fans and the media that Chris Martin was inspired to write “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” after he heard chords in a nightclub scene in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directed film Biutiful.
7. A Sky Full of Stars
“A Sky Full of Stars” is more upbeat in sound than most of the rest of the songs on Ghost Stories. Chris Martin has said the album is about the concepts of exploring the impact of past actions on the future and personal capacity for unconditional love. Chris Martin’s breakup with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow is also seen as a major influence on the album.
8. Fix You
Coldplay’s Chris Martin says the inspiration for “Fix You” began with the sound from a keyboard left behind after his father-in-law Bruce Paltrow died. Chris Martin says he still weeps every time he hears it. Coldplay bass player Guy Berryman also says that reggae legend Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers To Cross” provided inspiration for “Fix You.” The song slowly builds through lyrics aiming to help someone overcome adversity.
9. The Scientist
“The Scientist” is a song built around regret. It was released as the second single from the album A Rush Of Blood To the Head in the UK and the third in the US. The desire to go “back to the start” echoes throughout the song. The innovative accompanying music video runs in reverse depicting the events leading up to a tragic accident. Chris Martin had to learn to sing the lyrics of the song backwards so that he could look like he was singing the lyrics properly in the reversed film.
10. Adventure of a Lifetime
“Adventure of a Lifetime” is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 6 November 2015 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015).
Bianca Gracie and Robbie Daw stated that the song is “incredibly vibrant in an almost childlike, blissful way that gives such an energetic rush” and that it is “the best Coldplay single in seven years”. Rolling Stone ranked “Adventure of a Lifetime” at number 41 on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015.
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