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Coldplay's 7 Best Songs

Emily Deissler |
December 2, 2015 | 2:49 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

So you're browsing through Amazon and you have a jaw-dropping moment. One of your favorite bands is releasing their latest album in less than a month. And it's not just any album, not in the least. It's their seventh and final studio album. So yes, it's a pretty big deal.

I'm talking about none other than Coldplay. Their new album, "A Head Full of Dreams," will be released on December 4, and they have already released two singles: "Adventure of a Lifetime" and "Everglow." Along with other fans around the world, I simply cannot wait to hear what they have in store for us. So, in honor of this momentous release, let's take a look at their seven best songs to date (in no particular order because, let’s face it, they’re all brilliant).

1. "The Scientist"

Every time I hear this song, I love it more and more. This beautiful lyrical composition centers on lost love and comes from their second album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” which was released in 2002. But, just like all great music, it is timeless.

2. "Fix You"

Released on their third studio album, “X&Y,” this is what some might deem worthy of "tearjerker" status.

3. "Yellow"

If you only vaguely know of Coldplay, this is actually probably one of the songs that you know. Here we have yet another irresistible song about love. While there are various stories circulating about the meaning of the song, lead singer Chris Martin commented that: "'Yellow' refers to the mood of the band. Brightness and hope and devotion." However, despite the original meaning of the song, what truly matters is how individuals interpret it for themselves.

4. "Viva La Vida"

“Viva La Vida,” one of Coldplay's more upbeat songs, took the music community by storm. It was Coldplay’s first number one song on Billboard as well as their first number one song in the U.K. And it’s no wonder. It is aesthetically pleasing, combining piano and string instrumentals to create a unique sound that fans can rally around. And then there’s the creative lyrics that you'll be singing all day long.

5. “Clocks”

Being what could be called a signature Coldplay song, “Clocks” will inspire you to learn how to play the piano (at least, I know it did for me). 

6. "Speed of Sound"

From the lyrics to the electrifying unison of piano and guitar instrumentals, "Speed of Sound" is all around a great song. It's as simple as that.

7. "The Hardest Part"

“The Hardest Part” is quite an emotional piece. It tells of heartbreak and letting go of someone you love. Anyone who has experienced any kind of loss can relate to its central theme.

And you know what, here’s a bonus song in the hopes that eventually Coldplay decides to release an eighth album. So, without further ado, here’s one more for good measure:

8. "Paradise"

The poetic lyrics of "Paradise" highlight the power of dreaming. Trust me, after one listen to it, you’ll be left with “Para-para-paradise” on endless circuit in your head for a number of hours. If you’re having a bad day or just need an extra boost, the chorus of this song can instantly lift you up.

One of the most special qualities of Coldplay is their ability to write music about things that real people experience. While many artists sing about trivial things or fill their music with profanities, Coldplay wins their fans over with relatable themes and heartfelt, poetic lyrics. This connection with the audience transforms them into a band consisting of regular people just like you and me. 

So, even if you're not traditionally a “Coldplayer” (a Coldplay fan), you may just find something you like in the new album because their sound has evolved over the years from songs like “What If” and "Trouble" to “Princess of China” and "A Sky Full of Stars." Wherever you lie in the Coldplay fandom spectrum, listen to a few of their songs and embark on the “Adventure Of A Lifetime.”

Reach Staff Reporter Emily Deissler here.



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