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Coldplay for Nonbelievers

A collection of songs for those who say they hate Coldplay in general, hate their newer stuff post-AROBTTH, or just don't like the popular singles. If you check these 10 songs that shy from their usual norm and are different than what you'd usually expect from Coldplay and still don't like them, you can officially declare you hate Coldplay.

Such a Rush:
A damn good song from the earliest days of Coldplay, “Such a Rush” exhibits a darker and more aggressive side of Coldplay that was largely absent on Parachutes. It starts with menacing vocals and guitar tones before slowly spiraling into a vortex of frustration that hasn’t quite been replicated by them since.
Brothers & Sisters

Easy to Please:
Perhaps the most purely atmospheric track ever made by Coldplay, it features little more than Chris Martin crooning over a distant guitar and piano while the quiet murmur of everyday life drones on in the background. It’s something else.
Prospekt's March

Rainy Day:
From the strange… keyboard(?) riff at the beginning to the heavy strings in the choruses and warbling vocals in the verses, “Rainy Day” is likely one of the strangest songs Coldplay’s ever produced. The closest thing to what a TV on the Radio/Coldplay crossover would sound like that we’ll ever get.
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

They tried for years to write a song without any choruses, and they finally succeed with “42.” Beginning with an unassuming piano ballad, it quickly descends into a demonic guitar-led freakout, then switching to an uplifting and anthemic style before finally closing on the piano notes that opened it. It’s a strange and exciting track to say the least.
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Eschewing all predictability that came from their earlier releases, “Yes” is an aching, dark, and tortured song that features Martin singing in uncharacteristically low tones about, well, sex. Throw in some hypnotic eastern-inspired string sections here and there and you got one of the most non-Coldplay Coldplay songs out there.
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Violet Hill:
One of the most aggressive songs in their entire discography, and also one of my personal favorites, “Violet Hill” fades in from a lengthy intro to a jagged guitar riffs and frustrated political lyrics aimed at Fox News for being douchebags. Basically just listen to all of Viva la Vida.
Mylo Xyloto

Major Minus:
Gotta give Coldplay credit, their song about the villainous “Major Minus” from their concept album about facism and color took the whole “bad guy” ting pretty seriously. A gorgeous chorus atmosphere is contrasted directly with bitter lyrics and violent guitar work, creating the most unique songs to come off of Mylo Xyloto.
Ghost Stories

This sounds nothing like anything Coldplay’s ever produced. Despite the distant, world-weary vocals and absolute minimalism, it’s easily one of their most beautiful and devastating songs. Any fan of atmospheric or ambient electronic music should give this a listen asap.

All I Can Think About Is You:
Featuring singer Martin in more pain than we’ve heard him in years, it’s the closest thing that Coldplay’s come ever to the dark sound of “Such a Rush.” It’s a repressed, drowned, and dare I say angry sound. That is, until its quickly swept away by gorgeous pianos and a full choir, all ascending effortlessly into a swirling climax.

A L I E N S:
I’ve not heard anything quite like this song. It’s at once startling and disquieting while also calming and full, piling sound upon sound in a remarkably satisfying way. Hopefully the next album takes a page from this song.
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