|All Coldplay Songs Ranked|
I've listened to Coldplay for a long time and decided to rank their songs. I actually really don't like a few of Coldplay's biggest hits and think that a lot of their deep cuts (insofar as a band like Coldplay has deep cuts) are unfairly overlooked. I removed a couple transitional instrumentals and early demos and included every unique album/EP/B-side track that I know about and actually ended up with exactly 100 songs.
Swallowed in the Sea
Painfully soppy X&Y track with embarassing lyrics
Same as above, but slightly less embarassing
This was always a terrible song. There's nothing wrong with a crowd-pleaser, but how this became a mainstay and one of the band's biggest hits is beyond me. Bad lyrics, slow pace, predictable climax. The closest Coldplay ever came to self-parody.
Martin can be romantic, but here the feebly-delivered sexual references ("your body on my body" etc) are just kind of uncomfortable to hear
Weak b-side to "Fix You"
|95||Cemeteries of London|
2spooky4me, poor opening for the otherwise good Viva La Vida
Silly and overblown
A misguided b-side to "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face"
|92||Thing's I Don't Understand|
As bland as it's title implies - "Things don't always turn out as you plan/These are things that I don't understand" - you probably haven't heard this "Speed of Sound" b-side and aren't missing much.
|91||Ode To Deodorant|
This song is basically to Coldplay what "Pop Is Dead" is to Radiohead: the unequivocally bad early single that diehard fans somehow feel obligated to defend.
A forgettable, piano-driven track for the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack.
Another by-the-numbers Ghost Stories track with awkward auto-tune and electronics.
Bad xx song, unfortunately par for the course for Ghost Stories.
You have to really buy into Ghost Stories to enjoy this, as the album doesn't really earn the dumb bird metaphors or the solemn coda.
|86||We Never Change|
Not bad at all to have playing in the background, just the least memorable track from "Parachutes"
|85||The Hardest Part|
Another banal X&Y love song
Forgettable X&Y album closer with a Radiohead sound that even lifts lyrics (to poor effect) from "Electioneering"
Like a lot of early B-sides (this one is for "Clocks"), the instrumentation and production aren't fully-formed enough to make up for the undercooked lyrics.
|82||Life in Technicolor|
|81||No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground|
Mediocre song, the first instance of Coldplay's obsession with feet not being on the ground
|80||Crests Of Waves|
A not-terrible b-side to "Clocks", featuring awful lyrics but a pretty solid guitar line.
Gentle, inoffensive Ghost Stories track
|78||Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground|
I've never gotten into this Prospekti's march track, but it has a nice sound
|77||I Bloom Baum|
Murky, quiet b-side to "In My Place". I'd consider everything from here down at least average.
|76||Postcards from Far Away|
Short, pretty piano instrumental
|75||Life Is For Living|
A minor song that works quite well as a hidden track at the end of Parachutes
|72||You Only Live Twice|
Chris Martin is no Nancy Sinatra, but the Bond-theme cover is well-realized and has value as an oddity.
Extraordinarily average opening to X&Y
A nice short love tune
An earnest and pleasant love song, though probably the weakest track from A Rush of Blood to the Head.
Early rock tune from the Brothers & Sisters EP
|66||Reign of Love|
A cute ballad with shimmering piano attached to "Lovers in Japan"
|65||Princess of China|
This song annoys me on its own, but it actually works quite well in context on Mylo Xyloto.
I don't hate this song. It's decent but also bland and overrated. It fit the mood quite well in the opening scene of "Boyhood", but that's probably because the scene was capturing the perspective of a six-year-old.
|63||Speed of Sound|
Martin is particulary great here. Comfortable, easy listening, but also a soppy "Clocks" ripoff.
|62||X & Y|
Plagued by the same problems as most X&Y tracks, but also very very pretty.
|61||Everything's Not Lost|
|60||Careful Where You Stand|
Meandering "Shiver" B-side. Very much a Parachutes-era song.
|59||Always In My Head|
|58||One I Love|
"In My Place" b-side, not an R.E.M. cover, has a good rock feel and some nifty guitar riffs but a tired vocal performance
Not a bad track to have on a holiday-themed playlist
|56||Help Is Round The Corner|
Decent "Parachutes"-era cut from the "Yellow" single. Reminiscent of "Everything's Not Lost" with its loosely inspiring lyrics.
Everything from here on down I'd definitely consider at least "good".
|54||Up With the Birds|
Solid obscurity most notable for its appearance on the Live 2003 album from a performance in Sydney
Despite Ghost Stories being a bit misguided as an album, everything more-or-less falls into place here.
Martin sings the chorus here beautifully enough to almost make up for hammy X&Y-era sentimentalism and straight-from-Hallmark lyrics
|50||In My Place|
I've never really understood why this was a big hit, although Chamberlain's drumming is pretty great (probably his best performance outside of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey's wedding).
|49||Death And All His Friends|
Gorgeous song from the "Unbroken" soundtrack. Would have been one of the best tracks on Ghost Stories.
|45||Up in Flames|
|44||See You Soon|
The most popular track from The Blue Room EP
Calm, quiet, a bit romantic. B-side to "Shiver". A good song to fall asleep to.
The heaviest Coldplay song, which of course isn't all that heavy. Still a solid tune.
|41||Easy to Please|
Dreamy early track with a lot of atmosphere. Would have fit in great on Parachutes.
The original song the album is my favorite, but the piano version and the version with Jay-Z are worth listening to as well.
|39||Us Against the World|
A heartfelt segment of Mylo Xyloto's narrative
|38||A Sky Full of Stars|
By miles the best track on Ghost Stories, mostly because the anthemic sound and fast pace make the cringy lyrics less impactful than on the tracks around it.
One of many terrific Mylo Xyloto-era rock songs
|36||I Ran Away|
Gorgeous b-side to "The Scientist" with confessional lyrics
The first half of this song has always bored me, but "You thought you might be a ghost/You didn't get to heaven but you made it close" part is one of Coldplay's greatest moments
|34||Don't Let It Break Your Heart|
|33||Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall|
|32||The World Turned Upside Down|
Pretty fully-developed for a B-side (to "Fix You"). The lyrics foreshadow "Viva La Vida" and the song references the album title X&Y.
|31||Lovers in Japan|
|30||Brothers & Sisters|
One of Coldplay's first singles. It holds up and is a lot of fun.
|29||God Put a Smile Upon Your Face|
|27||Til Kingdom Come|
|26||Viva La Vida|
A showcase of Brian Eno's influence in reinventing Coldplay's sound. This song was overplayed so quickly that it's easy to forgot how fantastic is sounds when played after the mostly insufferable X&Y.
Sure, the catchy riff from Kraftwerk overstays its welcome a bit, but this song still rocks
Cool little song with a garage-rock feel, raw, b-side to "The Scientist"
A perfect b-side to "Life In Technicolor ii" - delightful and fast-paced, featuring lead vocals by drummer Will Champion.
Awesome rock song from The Blue Room EP
|19||Glass of Water|
The video with the elephant costumes certainly doesn't hurt
|16||Such a Rush|
Haunting closer to the superb The Blue Room EP
|15||Life In Technicolor ii|
Coldplay's best non-album track
This song is just lovely.
Such a serene song, and it feels like there's a lot of emotion beneath the surface.
|12||Hurts Like Heaven|
The stylistic shift here feels like a genuine risk that completely paid off.
Unnecessary 30-second intro aside, "Violet Hill" is the most striking and direct rock song in Coldplay's catalogue.
Coldplay wanted to announce the expansive scope of their post-Parachutes sound. "Politik" thundering first few minutes accomplish that and more. Even more impressive (and beautiful) is the coda, where Martin sings "Give me love over life/over life/over this".
A perfect album closer, with a pretty buildup leading to a terrific climax when Martin sings "Stood on the edge tied to a noose/And you came along and you cut me loose".
A truly iconic song that also feels very unique to Coldplay's signature sound.
The only track from X&Y to really earn its oversized production, with several sweeping peaks.
This should have been Coldplay's breakthrough single instead of "Yellow". Martin's vocals and the lyrics are a lot stronger here. A great romantic rock song all-around.
Masterful and often overlooked opening track to "Parachutes", concisely written without a wasted moment. The ghostly version on The Blue Room EP is fantastic as well.
|4||A Rush of Blood to the Head|
The most cathartic and powerful song in Coldplay's discography and a perfect release of tension as the penultimate track on A Rush of Blood to the Head.
|3||Chinese Sleep Chant|
Shoegazey gem tucked away as a hidden track after "Yes" on Viva La Vida.
The gorgeous highlight from Viva La Vida. Short on gimmicks, with a joyous sound (which no doubt benefitted from Jon Hopkins' and Brian Eno's production) that earns the "such a perfect day" refrain.
This song was the first time that I felt that Coldplay was capable of being a great band, instead of merely a nice one. Guy Berryman has an interesting bass part for once. A poll I saw recently had "Daylight" ranked last by fans of all the tracks on A Rush of Blood to the Head, and it (and only it) was cut from the CD version of Live 2003. Clearly, the edgy, atmospheric path "Daylight" promised was not where the fans or the band wanted to go. Although Coldplay went on to make plenty of great music, that's a real pity.