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Yes (Coldplay song)

“Yes” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. A hidden song, entitled “Chinese Sleep Chant”, shares this track with “Yes”, bringing the length of the track up to over seven minutes.

The song, and especially the tuning, were originally inspired by The Velvet Underground.[1]

The main characteristic of the song are the low vocals by Chris Martin. This was suggested by producer Brian Eno, to add to the variation between the songs on the album. The band’s drummer Will Champion said in an interview for MTV: “One of the main things we tried to focus on with this record is changing vocal identities, because Chris has a very recognizable voice.”[2]

The strings were played (on an electric violin) and arranged by musician Davide Rossi.[3]

The hidden track “Chinese Sleep Chant” was described as “a self-conscious parody of shoegaze” with My Bloody Valentine influences. Critics also noted the “wall of sound, heavily processed guitar-swirl and falsetto vocals through reverb.”[4][5]

Yellow (Coldplay song)

“Yellow” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The band wrote the song and co-produced it with British record producer Ken Nelson for their debut album, Parachutes (2000). The song’s lyrics are a reference to the band’s lead singer Chris Martin’s unrequited love.

The song was recorded in March 2000, and released in June that same year as the second single from Parachutes, following “Shiver”, and the lead single in the United States. The single reached number four in the UK Singles Chart, giving Coldplay their first top-five hit in the United Kingdom. Helped by heavy rotation and usage in promotions, the song thrust the band into massive popularity. “Yellow” has since been covered by various recording artists worldwide, and remains one of the band’s most popular songs.

White Shadows

“White Shadows” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It is the third track on their third studio album X&Y (2005) and released as the sixth overall single from the album on 8 June 2007. The song was co-produced by the band and their long-time producer Ken Nelson, while it was engineered by Rich Costey. “White Shadows” also features musical contributions by Brian Eno, who plays synthesizers on the track.[1]

X&Y

X&Y is the third studio album by the British alternative rock band Coldplay, released on 6 June 2005 in the United Kingdom by the record label Parlophone. The album, which features influences of electronic music, was produced by the band and British record producer Danton Supple. Development of the album was often troubled; the album’s original producer, British record producer Ken Nelson, was supposed to produce much of the album, however, many songs written during their sessions were ditched due to the band’s dissatisfaction. The album’s cover art is a combination of colours and blocks, which is a representation of the Baudot code.

The album contains twelve tracks and an additional hidden track, “Til Kingdom Come”. It is omitted from the track listing on the album sleeve, but listed as “+” on the disc label and inside the album booklet. It was originally planned for American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash to record it with lead singer Chris Martin, but Cash died before he was able to do so.[1] The song “Talk” appeared on the main track listing, although it was thought to have been downgraded to a B-side for the album’s subsequent single releases, after it leaked online in early 2005.[2]

X&Y was released after a considerable amount of hype and was a significant commercial success, reaching the top spot of many charts worldwide, including the United Kingdom and United States, the latter being their first. With accumulated sales of 8.3 million units in 2005 alone, X&Y was the best-selling album released in 2005 worldwide. By 2011, the album had sold over 13 million copies worldwide.[3]

Overall reaction to the album has been generally positive, though some critics cited it as being inferior to its predecessors. The album spawned the singles “Speed of Sound”, “Fix You”, “Talk”, “The Hardest Part”, “What If” and “White Shadows.”

Viva la Vida

“Viva la Vida” (/ˈviːvə lə ˈviːdə/; Spanish: [ˈbiβa la ˈβiða]) is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, “Violet Hill”. Viva la Vida is Spanish for “Long live Life”.

The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background.

The song was released on 13 June 2008 as the album’s second single, debuting to critical acclaim and commercial success. “Viva la Vida” reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first number-one single in both the US and UK. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads in the United States.[3] It has sold over 7.1 million copies worldwide by 2014, and over 6 million in US alone by June 2013.[4][5]

Violet Hill

“Violet Hill” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). Built around a repeating guitar sound, it utilises a marching tempo, supported by the pianos and rhythms that accompany the song’s lyrics. The song was initially made available as a free download on the band’s website and was downloaded more than two million times.

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin revealed that the song had been in development for a number of years, with the first line and the first little melody of the song written, prior to its completion in 2007.[1] “Violet Hill” is the first anti-war protest song from the group.[2] The single was received with positive reviews. The track was released worldwide as the lead single from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

It was featured as a downloadable song for the 2007 music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, as well as being featured in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and the documentary Warren Miller’s Children of Winter. The song was nominated at the Q awards in the category for Best Track and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. The music video for “Violet Hill” was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The single has been widely sampled, with different covers and sounds.

Us Against the World (Coldplay song)

“Us Against the World” is a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.[1] It appears as the fifth track on the album. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto.

“Us Against the World” has been received well by critics, citing it as one of the seminal moments on the album.[2][3] The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot commented on “Us Against the World”, “U.F.O.” and “Up in Flames” collectively, highlighting the songs as points where the band “milk these smaller, more intimate moments, the world-weary troubadour imploring a lover, God or both to lift up this blindfold (and) let me see again.”[3] In an article published by Q on 10 October 2011 entitled “First Impressions of… Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto”, they wrote:[4]

“Forever destined to be known as The One They Fucked Up At Glasto, Us Against The World begins with delayed patterns of guitar and a lone church organ, before stripping back to just Chris Martin and his acoustic. Its approach sums up what makes Mylo Xyloto ticks; its production is far from stripped-down, but, unlike the bloated X&Y and the do-you-know-what-it-is-yet-cos-we-don’t mishmash of Viva La Vida, everything here is a servant to the melody. And, five tracks in, the melodies are some of their best; here, Chris Martin whispers “slow it down” as an orchestral swell builds around him. Just when you think it’s going to embark on a Fix You-esque outro, it finishes, perfectly.”

Up & Up

“Up & Up” (stylised as “Up&Up”) is a song by British rock band Coldplay from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015). It was released as the third single of the record on 22 April 2016 by Parlophone. Background vocals in the song are provided by Beyoncé, Annabelle Wallis and Merry Clayton. A music video for the track was released on 16 May 2016.

The song is characterized by the chorus choir, which was attended by almost all the artists who have collaborated with the album group, including Beyoncé, Brian Eno and the children of the four musicians. In the album there is also the participation of guitarist and singer Noel Gallagher, who runs the second guitar solo (omitted in the radio version of the individual).

Up with the Birds

“Up with the Birds” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The track’s first section is built around organ, strings and piano, creating a downbeat, quiet mood, while the track’s second section is dominated by guitars and drums, featuring a faster tempo. The track also features samples from “Driven by You” (1991) by English musician Brian May and a lyrical interpolation of “Anthem” (1992) by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen.

It was released on 21 April 2012 as a limited edition 7″ single for Record Store Day, serving as the overall fifth single release from Mylo Xyloto. On the strength of digital downloads, the track charted at number 43 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart following the release of the album. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, with critics noting that the song was a good choice to serve as a closer to the album.

Up in Flames

Up in Flames is the second studio album by Canadian musician Dan Snaith, released on March 31, 2003 under his stage name Manitoba. It was reissued in 2006 and in 2013 under Snaith’s new name, Caribou.
The news program Democracy Now! uses “Kid You’ll Move Mountains” as part of their regular theme music.

Up in Flames was released to acclaim from critics. Metacritic assigns the album a mean score of 88 out of 100 based on reviews from 20 critics, translating to “universal acclaim.”[1] Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Up in Flames at number 106 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[11]

U.F.O. (Coldplay song)

“U.F.O.” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The album’s opening track, “Mylo Xyloto” and “A Hopeful Transmission” are based on the chords from the second half of this song. After the song ends, the track includes a short instrumental section (reminiscent of “Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields”) that segues into the following track, “Princess of China”. The track also features samples from a sample of Sigur Rós’ “Takk…”.

It was released on 21 April 2012 as a limited edition 7″ single for Record Store Day, serving as the overall fifth single release from Mylo Xyloto, alongside with “Up with the Birds”. On the strength of digital downloads, the track charted at number 43 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart following the release of the album.

True Love (Coldplay song)

“True Love” is a song written and performed by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album Ghost Stories, where it appears as the fourth track. It was released by Parlophone as the third single from Ghost Stories on 14 August 2014. The band co-produced the track with Paul Epworth, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, while American record producer Timbaland provided additional drums.

The song’s main instrumentation consists in heavy rhythms, dancing synths and wallowing strings. It also features a guitar solo. Lyrically, “True Love” talks about heartache and how the protagonist can’t bear the pain of losing his lover. The song’s lyrics were addressed to be about Martin’s divorce from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow, a recurrent theme on the whole album. Martin has claimed that “True Love” is the band’s favorite track it has ever written.[1]

The song garnered acclaim from music critics, who commended the song’s raw honesty and its lyrics, which were seen as haunting and painfully truthful. Commercially successful in Belgium and the Netherlands, “True Love” did not chart on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who also directed the “Magic” video. It was shot in Los Angeles, choreographed by Blanca Li and centres around a tale of two ballet-loving outsiders, played by Martin and Canadian actress Jessica Lucas.

Trouble (Coldplay song)

“Trouble” is a song recorded by the British alternative rock band Coldplay for their debut album, Parachutes. The band wrote the song and co-produced it with British record producer Ken Nelson. The song’s musicscape is minimalist built around a piano.

The song was released on 26 October 2000 as the album’s third single. It reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the band’s second top 10 single in the country. Although “Trouble” failed to chart on the United States, the music press deemed it almost as successful as its predecessor, “Yellow”. Two different music videos for the single were released.

An associated EP titled Trouble – Norwegian Live EP was released in the summer of 2001, consisted of five tracks recorded live by the band at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway.

The Scientist (song)

“The Scientist” is the second single from the British alternative rock band Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002). The song was written collaboratively by all the band members for the album. It is built around a piano ballad, with its lyrics telling the story about a man’s desire to love and an apology. The song was released in the United Kingdom as the second single from A Rush of Blood to the Head and reached number 10 in the UK Charts. It was released in the United States as the third single and reached number 18 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 34 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

Critics were highly positive towards “The Scientist” and praised the song’s piano ballad and falsetto. Several remixes of the track exist, and its riff has been widely sampled. The single’s music video won three MTV Music Video Awards, for the video’s use of reverse narrative. The song was also featured on the band’s 2003 live album Live 2003 and has been a permanent fixture in the band’s live set lists since 2002.

The Hardest Part (Coldplay song)

“The Hardest Part” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their third album, X&Y. A piano-based ballad song, it begins with a piano melody, followed with electric guitar lines, that accompanies slow-tempo drumming. It was released on 3 April 2006 as the fourth single from X&Y. The song was released as a radio-only song on United Kingdom radio stations. It appeared on the United States Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and peaked at number 37, making it Coldplay’s first appearance on that chart and helping establish moderate success at AC radio for future singles like “Viva la Vida”, “Paradise”, and “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”. “The Hardest Part” also charted in Australia, Italy and New Zealand.

The song was well received by critics. The track was complimented for its musical style. Regional singles were released in Canada, Europe, and Australia; a different version was released in Taiwan. Promo singles were released for the UK and US. The international version of the single was made available in the UK on 19 June 2006.

Death and All His Friends

“Death and All His Friends” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song begins with Chris Martin singing softly to a piano accompaniment before morphing into an uplifting arrangement featuring drums, chiming guitars, and a choir recorded in an art gallery in Barcelona. A hidden song featured on the album, entitled “The Escapist”, shares this track with “Death and All His Friends”, bringing the length of the track up to over six minutes. A brief 40 second section of “The Escapist” is what begins “Life in Technicolor” making the album cyclical.

A live version of “Death and All His Friends” was featured on the band’s 2009 live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft.[1]

Talk (song)

“Talk” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. Built around a motif from Kraftwerk’s 1981 song “Computer Love”, it was written by all members of the band and appeared on their third album, X&Y. In the United States, the song entered at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and elsewhere in the world its success varied. It peaked at number one in the Netherlands’ Dutch Top 40, becoming the band’s first number one single there.

The song received positive reviews, with critics noting the music’s sound and memorable lyrics. Both the song and its “Thin White Duke” remix were nominated for the 2007 Grammy Awards, the latter of which won in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Strawberry Swing

“Strawberry Swing” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. On 13 September 2009, it was released as the fifth and final single from the band’s fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). The song was written by members of the band and was produced by Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins and Rik Simpson. The track received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised the infectious melody, the vocal performance of Chris Martin and the tribal influence of the production.

“Strawberry Swing” reached a position of 158 on the UK Singles Chart and reached position 5 on both the Polish Singles Chart and the Dutch Tipparade charts. The song received a stop-motion music video directed by Shynola, which was nominated for Breakthrough Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Coldplay performed the song on their 2008 Viva la Vida Tour, and a live version of the song appeared on Coldplay’s live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft (2009).

R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean performed a cover version of the song on his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra. The track was performed by Ocean during his 2012 Coachella Music Festival appearance and his 2012 Channel Orange tour. Ocean’s cover received mostly positive reviews from critics.

The song was performed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony, with the British Paraorchestra.

Speed of Sound (song)

“Speed of Sound” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their third studio album, X&Y (2005). Built around a piano riff, the song builds into a huge, synthesiser-heavy chorus. It was released by Parlophone Records as the lead single from the album. “Speed of Sound” was released in the US on 18 April 2005, and then made its radio premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Lamacq on the day of the release on 19 April.[1] The single was pressed with two B-sides: “Things I Don’t Understand” and “Proof”. The song premiered in the UK on 23 May.[2]

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin admitted that the song was developed after the band had listened to English art rock singer Kate Bush. The song’s drum beat is similar to Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill”. Upon the song’s release, it charted in the UK Singles Chart in the number two position. In the United States, it debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100,[3] their first top ten hit in the country, and their most successful song until “Viva la Vida” reached number one in 2008.

“Speed of Sound” was recognised Song of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and it was nominated twice at the 48th Grammy Awards. The song won a Brit Award in the category for Best British Single in 2006. The track’s music video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. “Speed of Sound” was also the billionth song downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Shiver (Coldplay song)

“Shiver” is a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay. British record producer Ken Nelson and Coldplay produced the track for their debut album Parachutes. Vocalist Chris Martin admitted that “Shiver” was written for a specific woman, from whom the media has generated several speculations. The song contains influences attributed to American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, whom Coldplay’s early influences were drawn from.

The song was released as the album’s lead single in the United Kingdom, and second in the United States following the hit single “Yellow”. The single reached number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and its critical reception has been generally positive.

Lovers in Japan

“Lovers in Japan” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song is built around an introductory tack piano sound, then followed by chiming guitars and soaring choruses, supported by the pianos and rhythms that accompany the song’s lyrics. The album version of “Lovers in Japan” also includes the track “Reign of Love”.

It was released as a promotional radio single on 3 November 2008 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The song also charted at number 19 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart. “Lovers in Japan” was well received by music critics, who praised the track’s general sound. Although the promotional single is seen as the fourth single from the album, the version on the single is the Osaka Sun Mix, which is featured on the Prospekt’s March EP.

Princess of China

“Princess of China” is a duet recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay and Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for Coldplay’s fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. The song was written by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin, along with Brian Eno, and is influenced by the music genres of electronic rock, electropop and R&B. The song was released as the fourth single from Mylo Xyloto and was sent to US Mainstream radio on 14 February 2012. It was later released as a digital download on 13 April 2012. A companion EP to the single, featuring an acoustic version of the song, was released on 1 June 2012.

“Princess of China” was met with a generally mixed response from music critics, with some praising the collaboration between Martin and Rihanna, though others criticized it for being generic and uninspiring. The song performed well on international charts around the world. The song peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the UK Singles Chart. It has also reached the top ten of the Australian and New Zealand charts and five other international charts.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Adria Petty and Alan Bibby, was filmed in March 2012 in Los Angeles and released on 2 June 2012. The video depicts a complicated love story of Rihanna and Chris Martin, scenes of which include a sword fight and Rihanna imitating a multi-armed goddess. The video was met with positive reviews, with critics praising the Asian theme of the video. The song was performed live on the 54th Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields

“Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields” are two songs by alternative rock band Coldplay that are included on the same track. They were written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends but neither song made it to the final setlist, so they ended up on the Prospekt’s March EP. The song “Prospekt’s March” is built around acoustic guitars, an atmospheric synthesizer and vocals. The second song, “Poppyfields” is a short instrumental.

Paradise (Coldplay song)

“Paradise” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The song was released on 12 September 2011 as the second single from their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto.[3] The song received its radio debut at 7:50 a.m. on The Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1) on 12 September 2011.[4][5] According to Coldplay’s official website, the single was not initially chart eligible in the United Kingdom, because it was available on iTunes as an “instant grat” (immediate download) when pre-ordering the album.[6] Following the release of the album on 30 October 2011, the song became chart eligible in the UK and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 14, before taking the number 1 spot on its tenth week, becoming the band’s second number-one single after “Viva la Vida” in 2008. The song was met with positive reviews, and was the best selling rock song of 2011 in the United Kingdom, selling 410,000 copies.[7]

On 30 November, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. On 12 February 2012, Coldplay performed “Paradise” live at the RE, along with “Princess of China”.[8] At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on 6 September, the song won the award for Best Rock Video.[9] Following the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs on CBC, the song was featured in a yearly finale montage on CBC recapping the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as British and American television advertisements and trailers for the Academy Award winning film Life of Pi which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

Oceans (Coldplay song)

“Oceans” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It is the seventh track from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.

The song is an acoustic ballad[1] that has been described as channelling Coldplay’s earlier works, Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. The song is predominantly played with an acoustic guitar and a steady electronic drum beat, with a light orchestra accompanying the song towards the end. The song’s second half merges into the next track from the album, A Sky Full of Stars. [2] The song’s lyrics, which share the same motif as the rest of the songs featured on Ghost Stories, deal with a troubled relationship.[3]
The song was recorded by the band during sessions for their sixth studio album in 2013, at their purpose-built studios The Bakery and The Beehive in North London, England, both originally constructed for work on their two previous studio albums, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Mylo Xyloto respectively.[citation needed]

Moving to Mars (song)

“Moving to Mars” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. However, it failed to make the final track listing. Instead, it was released in the Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall iTunes exclusive EP. The first half of the song is a piano based ballad, while the rest of it is a mid-tempo number with progressive rock influences.

Miracles (Coldplay song)

“Miracles” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay, which was written and recorded for the 2014 drama film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie.[1] The song was first unveiled on 11 December 2014, and released as a single from the film’s soundtrack album on 15 December 2014 through Parlophone and Atlantic Records.[2] The song was accompanied by a lyric video, which was released on 22 December of the same year. It is also included on the Japanese edition of the band’s seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams (2015).

The song was well received by music critics, who praised its anthemic and uplifting feel. Several sources also noted that the song could be a serious contender for the Academy Award for Best Original Song;[3][4][5][6][7] however, it eventually did not receive a nomination.[8]

Midnight (Coldplay song)

“Midnight” is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, with production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, and co-production from Jon Hopkins. A music video for the Ghost Stories track was released on 25 February 2014 as a teaser for the then-unannounced sixth studio album.[3] A “Midnight” 7-inch vinyl single was pressed by Parlophone for Record Store Day 2014. The single, featuring the track on a single side of the record, was released on 17 April 2014, becoming the second music release by the band in promotion of Ghost Stories.

A live version of the song, recorded and filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, was included in the Ghost Stories Live 2014.

Major Minus

“Major Minus” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay and the eighth track from their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.[1] The song takes its title from a fictional character of the same name created by the band, who is based on a collection of various media oligarchs and politicians.[2]

The song was recorded by aLEca in the “Beehive”, the band’s personal recording studio in London. It was one of the first songs from Mylo Xyloto to be recorded, having been primarily recorded in 2008, with the final touches being added in early 2010.

Magic (Coldplay song)

“Magic” is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, with production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson. The song was released as the lead single from Ghost Stories on 3 March 2014, by Parlophone.

Lovers in Japan

“Lovers in Japan” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song is built around an introductory tack piano sound, then followed by chiming guitars and soaring choruses, supported by the pianos and rhythms that accompany the song’s lyrics. The album version of “Lovers in Japan” also includes the track “Reign of Love”.

It was released as a promotional radio single on 3 November 2008 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The song also charted at number 19 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart. “Lovers in Japan” was well received by music critics, who praised the track’s general sound. Although the promotional single is seen as the fourth single from the album, the version on the single is the Osaka Sun Mix, which is featured on the Prospekt’s March EP.

Lost!

“Lost!” is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. The band co-produced it with Brian Eno and Markus Dravs for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song was released on 10 November 2008 as the fourth overall single from the album to generally positive critical reviews. A live version was released via digital download following a performance of the band and Jay-Z at the 2009 Grammy Awards, spurring high digital sales and giving “Lost!” a new peak at number 40 in the United States.

Several official versions of the song exist, including vocalist Chris Martin’s separate recording with a piano accompaniment (known as “Lost?”) which appears as a B-side for “Violet Hill”, and a version that features Jay-Z (known as “Lost+”) which appears on their 2008 EP Prospekt’s March. The accompanying music video to the single features a live performance of the band in the United States. Coldplay launched a contest through their website, in which fans submitted self-made music videos. The winning entries were posted on the band’s website. The song was used in the 2010 film, The Way.

Life in Technicolor II

“Life in Technicolor II” (properly spelled and written as “Life in Technicolor ii”), is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay and the first single from the band’s 2008 EP, Prospekt’s March.[1] The song is the full, vocal version of the instrumental song “Life in Technicolor” from Coldplay’s fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.[2] A promo CD single for the song was released in December 2008.[3] The official single was released on 2 February 2009 on 7″ vinyl and digital download.[4] The single includes the previously unreleased and unheard track “The Goldrush”, one of the few Coldplay songs featuring lead vocals by drummer Will Champion.[5] It was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 52nd Grammy Awards; “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Short Form Music Video”.[6]

“Life in Technicolor ii” starts with a loop consisting of a santoor accompanied by tabla-like percussion. The loop is then repeated through the verses and part of the chorus.

Lhuna

“Lhuna” is a charity single performed by the British band Coldplay and Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue.

It was recorded during the sessions of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, but never made the final cut. When asked why the song did not appear on the album, Chris Martin said that it was too “sexy”.[1] Afterwards, the song was expected to appear on the Prospekt’s March EP,[2] but also did not make it. Finally, it was released as a charity single on 1 December 2008 to promote World AIDS Day.[3]

Ink (song)

“Ink” is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay from their sixth studio album Ghost Stories (2014). It was released as the fifth overall single from the album on 13 October 2014. Prior to its single release, “Ink” debuted at number 156 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The animated video was designed by production team, Blind. An interactive video of “Ink” was uploaded on Coldplay’s official website. An official cut was made and uploaded on YouTube.

In My Place

“In My Place” is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. The song was written collaboratively by all the band members for their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The track is built around thumping drums and chiming guitars. It was released on 5 August 2002 as the lead single from A Rush of Blood to the Head and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number 17 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks.

“In My Place” was well received by critics, who complimented its arrangement and profound lyrics. The song won the award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 45th Grammy Awards.

Hymn for the Weekend

“Hymn for the Weekend” is a song by British rock band Coldplay, featuring uncredited vocals by American singer Beyoncé.[1] 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 was written by the members of Coldplay and produced by Rik Simpson, Tim Bergling, Digital Divide, and Stargate. It is an electronic rock song with influences of dance-rock and pop rock.

“Hymn for the Weekend” has reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the UK Singles Chart. The single also reached the top twenty in over twenty countries, including Switzerland, Spain, Australia and Germany. A music video for the song was released on 29 January 2016 and features Coldplay and Beyoncé in various cities in India.

Hurts Like Heaven

“Hurts Like Heaven” is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band and producer Brian Eno for Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The song was released as the album’s sixth overall single on 27 July 2012.

In an interview with The Independent, lead singer Chris Martin stated that guitarist Jonny Buckland was largely involved in the creation of “Hurts Like Heaven”, saying of the song: “‘Hurts Like Heaven’ is all Jonny. It only has two chords. The songs are group-y, it’s guitar-y. Jonny is coming out of his cocoon. We’re just trying some risky things.”[4]

Reviews of the song have noted that the song contains signs of influences of the other artists; in their preview of Mylo Xyloto, Q noted that “the melodies, like the title, are a nod to the ’80s heroes they so successfully channeled on A Rush of Blood to the Head, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen’s influence looming large as Chris Martin sings like he’s in a hurry […] the chorus […] is as upliftingly bittersweet as Robert Smith and co’s best pop songs, whilst the “whoa oh oh” bridge provides the record’s first stadium-singalong moment.” Reviews from both Rolling Stone[5] and The A.V. Club have drawn comparisons to dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem, with the latter calling the song “a driving homage” to the band.[6]

Gravity (Embrace song)

“Gravity” is the lead single from Out of Nothing, the fourth album by English rock band Embrace. Written by Coldplay, the song was first performed live by Coldplay in 2002. Ultimately, Chris Martin gave the song to Embrace. “Gravity” peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart. It was released on CD format and red 7″ vinyl. It later became the theme song to the TV show Mike Bassett: Manager, starring Ricky Tomlinson.

The B-side, “Wasted”, started off as “Logical Love Song” and was originally conceived during the Drawn from Memory sessions.

“Gravity” was re-recorded by Coldplay in late 2005 and is included as a B-side to their single “Talk”.

The songs “Too Many Times”, “The Shot’s Still Ringing”, and “Waterfall” are featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.

The song was used in Series 2 Episode 7 of Gavin and Stacey when Nessa was giving birth to “Neil The Baby”.

God Put a Smile upon Your Face

“God Put a Smile upon Your Face” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their second studio album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002). The song is built around prominent acoustic and electric guitar riffs with accompanying up-tempo drumming. The song was released on 14 July 2003 as the fourth and final single from the album.

Regional singles were released for Canada, Europe, Australia, and an enhanced version for Taiwan. Promo singles were released for the United Kingdom and United States. Since only promo copies were released, the single reached only number 100 in the UK Singles Chart.

Glass of Water

“Glass of Water” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. Included on their 2008 EP Prospekt’s March, it was written by all members of the band during recording sessions for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). The song starts with and is built around a repeating guitar riff, with additional instruments added to the song’s mix over the course of its duration.

Although the song was not released as a single, it appeared on the UK and Canadian singles charts as well as on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. A live version of the song was included on the band’s live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft (2009).

O (Coldplay song)

“O” (also known as “O (Fly On)”) is a track recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album Ghost Stories (2014). It appears as the ninth and final song on the album. It is divided in two different songs: “Fly On” (0:00–3:54) and “O” (6:18–7:47), in the standard edition of Ghost Stories between the two songs there are more than two minutes of silence while in the Target deluxe edition there is no silence. The song has charted in England and in France. A live version of the track recorded at the Royce Hall of Los Angeles appears in the Ghost Stories Live 2014.

Fix You

“Fix You” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their third studio album, X&Y (2005). The track is built around an organ accompanied by slow tempo drums and vocals.

It was released on 5 September 2005 as the second single from X&Y and has reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song reached number 18 in the United States Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Promo singles were released for the UK and US. Blythe Danner, the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and former mother-in-law of Chris Martin, stated in an interview in May 2012 that Martin ‘wrote the song for Gwyneth when her father died and I weep every time I hear it’.[1]

“Fix You” was critically acclaimed by music critics. It has been widely sampled, with different covers and sounds. The song was nominated for multiple awards in the categories of Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Anthem of the Summer. The music video was garnered as a tribute to the 7 July 2005 London bombings. The guitar solo of “Fix You” is currently used as the player introduction at all of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens’ home games,[2] during the three stars of the game selection after every Los Angeles Kings home win, and was played at Staples Center as the Stanley Cup was brought on the ice after the Kings’ victory in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The song is also used for the 2015–16 New York Islanders inaugural season in Barclays Center.

The song was played live at the Steve Jobs memorial/celebration-of-life event at Apple headquarters on 19 October 2011 in Cupertino, California.

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The song is the lead single from Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, it was released on 3 June 2011, as a digital download except in the United Kingdom where it was released 2 days later.[1]

The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.[2] It contains elements of the 1976 song “I Go to Rio” written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson.[3]

Debuting at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the song sold 85,000 copies in its first week, before climbing to its peak of number 14.[4] It peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song made its radio debut on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio, and Xfm.[5][6] Coldplay first performed it live on 4 June at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festival in Nürnberg, Germany.[7] It was also played live at the Steve Jobs memorial/celebration-of-life event at Apple headquarters on 19 October 2011 in Cupertino, California, and at the opening of the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 6 November 2011.

The song was used as the theme for the live-action film adaptation of Chūya Koyama’s Uchū Kyōdai (Space Brothers) manga.[8] The song was also used in the 2011 film, The Change-Up.

Everglow

“Everglow” is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It is the fourth track from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams.[1] The song features uncredited guest vocals by Gwyneth Paltrow, the ex-wife of Chris Martin.[2] The song was served as a promotional single of the album and released on 26 November 2015. The track was also premiered during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.[3]

Martin came up with the idea for the title of the song from a slang word he heard from a surfer. In an interview with Zane Lowe, he explained the origin of the phrase: “I was in the ocean one day with this surfer guy, who spoke just like you’d imagine a surfer guy to speak … This guy spoke like Sean Penn’s character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was like, ‘Yo dude, I was doing this thing the other day man, it gave me this total everglow!'”[4]

Don’t Panic (song)

“Don’t Panic” is a song written and recorded by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. Originally titled “Panic”, the earliest known version of the song existed in 1998, performed live during the band’s first gig in the same year. It had a different melody, and was included in the band’s second EP, The Blue Room. The track was reproduced by Coldplay and British producer Ken Nelson for the band’s debut album, Parachutes.

Following their successful releases in 2000, Coldplay and their record label Parlophone thought there was enough exposure of the album in the United Kingdom. Thus, the decision of releasing a fourth single would be for regions that had not been overdosed by the hit singles “Yellow” and “Trouble”. They settled on “Don’t Panic”, which at the time was an audience favorite. The single was released in some European regions, and the United Kingdom only received a promo edition. The critical reception of the song was generally positive.

Death and All His Friends

“Death and All His Friends” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song begins with Chris Martin singing softly to a piano accompaniment before morphing into an uplifting arrangement featuring drums, chiming guitars, and a choir recorded in an art gallery in Barcelona. A hidden song featured on the album, entitled “The Escapist”, shares this track with “Death and All His Friends”, bringing the length of the track up to over six minutes. A brief 40 second section of “The Escapist” is what begins “Life in Technicolor” making the album cyclical.

A live version of “Death and All His Friends” was featured on the band’s 2009 live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft.[1]

Clocks (song)

“Clocks” is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written and composed, as a collaboration between all the members of the band, for their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Built around a piano riff, the song features cryptic lyrics of contrast and urgency themes. Several remixes of the track exist and its riff has been widely sampled.

“Clocks” debuted to critical and commercial success, with critics mainly commenting on the song’s piano melody. It was released in the United Kingdom as the third single from A Rush of Blood to the Head, where it reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart. It was released in the United States as the album’s second single, it reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart. It won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Christmas Lights (song)

“Christmas Lights” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay released on 1 December 2010, as a digital download.[1] Described by the band as “a mid-tempo number” in the key of G major, the song was released to very positive reviews.[citation needed] The cover art is by Yu Matsuoka Pol.[2]

The single’s release date was announced through the official Coldplay website on 24 November 2010.[1] A countdown in minutes and seconds to 1 December 8pm GMT, appeared on the homepage of the website, accompanied by an animated GIF of the album art.

Coldplay released three ‘making-of’ videos through their iTunes Ping page, showing the creation of the music video. Another video was also released on their website, giving a preview of the music video and the song itself, plus more ‘making-of’ footage.

It was originally thought that “Christmas Lights” would be a song from the band’s fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto, but this was confirmed not to be the case by Coldplay’s official fan-question answer system The Oracle on two separate occasions.[3][4]

For the week ending 18 December 2010, “Christmas Lights” both debuted and peaked at position number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and position number 12 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart.

Yes (Coldplay song)

“Yes” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. A hidden song, entitled “Chinese Sleep Chant”, shares this track with “Yes”, bringing the length of the track up to over seven minutes.

The song, and especially the tuning, were originally inspired by The Velvet Underground.[1]

The main characteristic of the song are the low vocals by Chris Martin. This was suggested by producer Brian Eno, to add to the variation between the songs on the album. The band’s drummer Will Champion said in an interview for MTV: “One of the main things we tried to focus on with this record is changing vocal identities, because Chris has a very recognizable voice.”[2]

The strings were played (on an electric violin) and arranged by musician Davide Rossi.[3]

The hidden track “Chinese Sleep Chant” was described as “a self-conscious parody of shoegaze” with My Bloody Valentine influences. Critics also noted the “wall of sound, heavily processed guitar-swirl and falsetto vocals through reverb.”[4][5]

Charlie Brown (Coldplay song)

“Charlie Brown” (originally titled “Cartoon Heart”) is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The song was released as the third single from their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.[1][2] The single was listed by Q magazine as their track of the day on 2 December 2011. The music video for the song was released on 2 February 2012, as well as a live version on 6 December 2011.

According to the band, “Charlie Brown” was the first song recorded during sessions for the band’s then-upcoming fifth studio album, with the intention of being included on what later became Mylo Xyloto.

The lyrics of an early version of the song included a mention of Charlie Brown, the famous Peanuts character. The character’s name, however, “was left out of the final recording but the name stuck as the band couldn’t think of an alternative.”[3] During the writing and recording sessions of Mylo Xyloto, the song took on other names, such as “Cartoon Heart”, before eventually being titled “Charlie Brown”.[4] It was written by Chris Martin in his daughter’s doll’s house. The doll’s house was converted into a studio when Martin’s daughter said she didn’t like it.[5]

Cemeteries of London

“Cemeteries of London” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song is darker than Coldplay’s previous recordings.

The song was inspired by ghost stories, like the Medieval practice of burning witches. “Cemeteries of London” was influenced by other styles like folk and Spanish songs, in an interview for NG-Magazine Will Champion said: “For me it’s a folk song…in its structure.”[1]

Entertainment Weekly printed an article on Coldplay and the new album with a new song slant on some of the songs, on that interview the band’s bassist Guy Berryman said: “When I imagine the song in my head, I see London in 1850, a hell of a lot of rain and men in top hats”.[2] The song is musically darker than most of Coldplay’s work, with a barrage of eerie noises. Martin has described it as a “ghost march”, it has lyrical references of supernatural issues and religious quest.

Brothers & Sisters (song)

“Brothers & Sisters” is a song by Coldplay, released as their first single in 1999 following the release of the band’s first EP Safety, released a year earlier. It was later re-released as an EP. The song has peaked at number 92 on the UK Singles Chart.

After forming in 1998, Coldplay met up with local record label Fierce Panda Records after a representative from said label saw them perform at the Camden Falcon in December of that year. Fierce Panda offered to release their debut single, and the band agreed, signing a short record deal.[1][2]

According to the single’s liner notes, recording completed in only four days and cost the band a lowly sum of £400.[1] The atmospheric sounds on “Easy to Please” were created by setting up microphones on a wet road outside the studio.[2]

1,500 copies of the vinyl single were issued in a special wrap-around picture sleeve. A new version of “Brothers & Sisters” later appeared on the “Trouble” single. The single was re-released as an EP in late 2002 on Brash Records.

Birds (Coldplay song)

“Birds” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was produced by the band’s long-time record producer Rik Simpson along with Norwegian production duo Stargate. It appears as the second track on their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015).

An official music video was also released by the band.[1][2][3] The video was directed by Marcus Haney. It was set to the back drop of Colorado Desert’s famous Salvation Mountain. The entire video was shot on a Super 8mm camera. The director wrote on Instagram: “It’s a tribute of thanks to the late artist Leonard Knight for creating Salvation Mountain and bringing so much joy to everyone who’s come across it.”[4]

Atlas (Coldplay song)

“Atlas” is a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the soundtrack to the 2013 American science-fiction adventure film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.[2] It was released digitally as the lead single from the soundtrack on 6 September 2013 worldwide, and on 8 September in the United Kingdom. The song was accompanied by a lyric video, which also premiered on 6 September.

“Atlas” has charted in 16 countries and reached top ten positions in three of them, and has also received mostly positive reviews from music critics. The ballad, which is the first song ever written and recorded by Coldplay for a film, won the Hollywood Song Award at the 17th Hollywood Film Awards,[3] and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[4]

Another’s Arms

“Another’s Arms” is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It is the sixth track from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories. It was written, produced, and performed by Coldplay, with co-production handled by Daniel Green, Paul Epworth, and Rik Simpson. The song debuted at number 70 on the UK Singles Chart, number 74 in Ireland and number 52 in Switzerland.

Lasting for three minutes and 54 seconds, “Another’s Arms” features an arrangement of guitars, strings, “whooshing keys”, “stuttering drums”, a “female specter” that “croons in and out of focus”, and Chris Martin’s lead vocals.[2][3] The song contains a vocal sample from “Silver Chord” by Jane Weaver.

Always in My Head

“Always in My Head” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all the members of the band and appears as the opening track from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014).[1] Although it was never released as a single, the song has charted in the UK and in France.

“Always in My Head” begins with an ambient piece including an angel choir that reappears in the album’s outro, “O”. Like the rest of Ghost Stories, the song’s lyrics deal with a troubled relationship.[2] Additional vocals from Martin’s daughter, Apple, is featured on the song.[3]

Adventure of a Lifetime

“Adventure of a Lifetime” is a song by 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).[5][6]

“Adventure of a Lifetime” received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the song’s new direction. It was also a commercial hit, reaching number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

A Sky Full of Stars

“A Sky Full of Stars” is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay, it was released on 2 May 2014 as the third single from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). The band co-wrote and co-produced the song with Avicii, and received production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson. It was recorded at The Bakery and The Beehive in North London, England.

Upon its release, “A Sky Full of Stars” garnered mostly positive reviews from music critics, and charted inside the top 10 in over 16 countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States. A music video for the song was directed by Mat Whitecross and was released on 19 June 2014. The single peaked at number one in a small number of territories: Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Lebanon, and Wallonia. It also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards.

A Head Full of Dreams (song)

“A Head Full of Dreams” is a song written and performed by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It is the first track and the fourth single from their album of the same name (2015). A music video for the song was released on 19 August 2016.

The song was recorded by the band during sessions for their seventh studio album in 2014, at their purpose-built studios The Bakery and The Beehive in North London, England, both originally constructed for work on their three previous studio albums.[citation needed]

The song “fades in with distantly chiming bells, a synthetic dance pulse, a drum set shuffling complicatedly, and a guitar repeatedly drawing a high, short melody”.[1]

42 (song)

“42” is a song by alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song, divided into three parts, does not have a chorus. The first part is a ballad with piano and strings. It then transforms into an uptempo rock arrangement with a guitar solo. Finally, the song ends with a multi-instrumental part.

A live version of “42” was featured on the band’s 2009 live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft.[1]

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