Your childhood wasn’t complete unless you were obsessed with at least one of Coldplay’s songs.
The British rock band was formed in 1996 and has been charming us with their incredible music ever since. It’s one of the world's most popular groups, and most of their songs have topped the charts.
Here are our picks for the best 30 Coldplay songs, and if you haven’t checked any of them out, you absolutely must!
“Am I a part of the cure or am I part of the disease?”
Number one on this list is the A Rush of Blood to the Head track, known for its piano melody, driving beat, and falsetto chorus. It showed fans their ability to be singular and is unforgettable for any Coldplay fans.
2. The Scientist
"Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would this hard"
Other than Clocks, another incredible song from the same album is The Scientist. The lyrics of this track are haunting, and we’ll never get old of them.
"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you"
One of the most popular Coldplay songs in existence, we’re not shocked it's almost everyone's favorite. This song hit Top 10 when it was released in 2000. For one of their first viral sensations, their streams of 118 million were incredibly impressive.
4. Viva La Vida
"For some reason, I can't explain. I know Saint Peter won't call my name"
As their second-biggest song of all time, their first Number 1 track was Viva La Vida from their fourth studio album. Unlike their other songs, their use of grand string orchestration, drums, and harpsichord melody made this sound unbeatable.
5. In My Place
“If you go, leave me down here on my own, then I'll wait for you”
Released in 2002, their lyrics filled with sorrow and regret mixed with their booming drum beat and guitar riffs make for a beautiful sounding track. While it hasn’t exactly met the test of time, it’s still one of the greatest Coldplay songs of all time.
6. A Sky Full of Stars
"In a sky full of stars I think I saw you"
Produced by EDM star Avicii, this free and emotional Coldplay song has touched all of our hearts. It’s one of the most memorable songs in Coldplay history, and one that we thank the stars every day for!
7. Fix You
"Lights will guide you home"
Written for lead singer Chris Martin’s then-wife following her father’s death, Fix You is one of the band’s signature ballads that we fell in love with from the moment of its release.
“My heart is yours”
Sparks’s acoustic vocals make it one of the rawest Coldplay songs on this list. The combination of a gentle bass melody, acoustic and electric guitar is like no other.
9. Princess Of China (ft. Rihanna)
"Once upon a time we fell apart, you're holding in your hands the two halves of my heart"
As one among their discography's most musically explosive tunes, Princess Of China is known for its sweeping electronic beats and booming bass. Featuring Rihanna, this Coldplay song sends the message of growth and love and was a great collaboration.
10. Hurts Like Heaven
“You use your heart as a weapon, and it hurts like heaven”
Its magnificently overblown chorus, wild riffs, and throbbing drum beats allow for a Coldplay song that we will remember for years. You can’t resist screaming this song’s chorus as loud as you can, and listening to it on repeat, because it’ll never tire!
“I'll be there by your side, just you try and stop me”
While it’s not always known as one of the band's best tunes, it highlights a lot of their forte’s, including the guitar, falsetto notes, and balladry. It’ll give you the perfect taste of Coldplay, even if it’s not going to be your number one listen.
12. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
"Don't wanna see another generation drop. I'd rather be a comma than a full-stop"
Taking us into a new era of the band, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall was the perfect beginning. It was released in 2011 as the lead single of their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto. The entire album is known to feel like a war against a dystopian government, a war through sound, color, and art.
"If you were to ask me, after all, that we've been through. Still, believe in magic? Yes I do, of course, I do"
Listening to Magic allows us to follow Martin’s journey through love, his lyrics starting with heartbreak and progressing to hope of new love. It was the perfect start to the Ghost Stories album.
14. See You Soon
“In a bulletproof vest with the windows all closed, I'll be doing my best”
The oldest released track on this list, this acoustic track is one you just cannot miss out on. It’s a hidden gem, and you’ll be glad that you found it!
“I never meant to cause you trouble”
Paired with the jittery piano sequence was Martin’s dark and apologetic singing, the lyrics showing a sorrowful and pained message. It’s a darker song but one many will love.
16. Charlie Brown
“We'll be glowing in the dark”
This dynamic indie hymn inspired by older rock and alternative bands is the perfect concert tune, great for its sing-along chorus and energized melody. Remember to memorize the lyrics before your next Coldplay concert!
“Open up your eyes”
Starting with the loud and repetitive eclectic guitar, we have another song from what’s considered to be Coldplay’s best album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
“Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?”
Another great Coldplay song is Talk, a synthesized tune with warm and comfortable beats that we’ve all grown to love. Inspired by Kraftwerk’s Computer Love, their riff makes this song incredibly special and magical to the ear.
19. Lovers in Japan
"Tonight maybe we're gonna run, dreaming of the Osaka sun"
The inspirational lyrics bring us up at every listen, paired with a melodious piano beat. Coldplay’s done it again, with one of our favorite explosive tracks!
20. Strawberry Swing
“I can't wait 'til the morning, wouldn't want to change a thing”
Alternate Coldplay song from their Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends album is Strawberry Swing, a charming and bright track that never misses. Don’t forget to check out the Frank Ocean cover of this song as well.
21. Violet Hill
“When the future's architecture, by a carnival of idiots on the show”
From the same album as our previous selection, Violet Hill shows a darker, spunkier side of Coldplay. It’s another one of their hidden gems that you would be happy to find.
“So start falling in love, start the riot and come on rage with me”
Trimmed with a gentler, cheerier upbeat feel is Birds, another top Coldplay song. The lighter track provides a good counterpoint to the more serious ones in the same album, however, its exciting beat and lighthearted lyrics shouldn’t go overlooked.
23. Something Just Like This (ft. The Chainsmokers)
"I'm not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss"
Paired with The Chainsmokers, Coldplay's song Something Just Like This topped the charts at number two at its release. We all fell in love with it, and we’re not ready to leave it behind just yet.
24. Adventure of a Lifetime
“I'm a dream that died by the light of day”
This bright and vibrant Coldplay song is another one of their audience's favorites. The sensational guitar and sing-along lyrics make Adventure of a Lifetime a perfect track.
25. Up & Up
"When you're in pain. When you think you've had enough. Don't ever give up"
Our road trips were never complete without at least one playing of Up & Up by Coldplay. Nothing can match blasting this song at full volume with the windows down!
26. Life in Technicolor
“Time's a loaded gun”
Next on the list is Coldplay’s Life in Technicolor, starting with an Indian-style beat, using instruments like the santoor and tabla, which is further repeated throughout the song. While it’s not a top track, it had to be included on our top 30 list.
27. Higher Power
“I'm like a broken record, and I'm not playin' right”
The most recent Coldplay song on this list is Higher Power, a slow and melodious ballad. Listening to it feels calming and bright at the same time, and is a great single to check out.
28. Hymn for the Weekend (ft. Beyoncé)
"You know you make my world light up"
Set in the streets of India, we all remember the rage over Hymn for the Weekend when it was released in 2016. While this isn’t the most celebrated Coldplay song, it will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we had to include it!
29. A Head Full of Dreams
“And you get a head, a head full of dreams”
The title track on their seventh album, the lyrics, and beat of this song is phenomenal, lively, and bright. It achieved everything it was trying, and we love that about it.
"She expected the world, but it flew away from her reach. So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of paradise"
The final song on our list is Paradise, a track pairing layered vocals with dramatic violins, creating a dreamy result. It’s not everyone’s favorite, but it’s still one of the most memorable on this list, and among your first thoughts thinking of Coldplay.
And that’s a wrap! our choices for the Top Coldplay songs.
Coldplay has been a band that fans have loved for decades, and we’re going to continue loving them as long as they release great songs like these!
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