One of my absolute favorite bands of the last 20 years. Though I’ve been lukewarm toward their last 2-3 albums, I think they have a relatively strong catalogue, making it difficult to rank a Top 20 songs. Here’s my #Top20Songsof20Artist post for the world-wide beloved band Coldplay.

20. “Sunrise” (2019) – Everyday Life

Beautiful instrumental. Almost chose “Postcards From Far Away” instead, which is also a great peaceful instrumental.

19. “Politik” (2002) – Rush of Blood To The Head

Driving and urgent.

18. “Magic” (2014) – Ghost Stories

Finger snaps and a electronic beat make for a slinky love song.

17. “Death And All His Friends” (2008) – Viva La Vida

A rousing closer to their best overall album. These are my favorite lines…

No, I don’t want a battle from beginning to end
I don’t want a cycle of recycled revenge
I don’t wanna follow Death and all of his friends

16. “True Love” (2014) – Ghost Stories

The sour guitar solo that doesn’t quite meet pitch is my favorite touch to this sad tune. “Tell me you love me/And if you don’t just lie/just lie to me.”

15. “Shiver” (2000) – Parachutes

One of the more uptempo songs from their earlier catalog, I’m not certain they had a better indie-rock moment.

14. “Up In Flames” (2011) – Mylo Xyloto

I’m a sucker for ballads and this is another strong one. Falsetto aplenty.

13. “Lost!” (2008) – Viva La Vida

Hip-hop influenced pop.

12. “Violet Hill” (2008) – Viva La Vida

Love the guitar riff here, and there is some pointed lyrics that ring ever true.

11. “Clocks” (2002) – Rush of Blood To The Head

The piano melody in this one is divine.

10. “For You” (2000) – Single

A lesser known and very haunting single from early on.

9. “Sparks” (2000) – Parachutes

Mellow and chill. Such great vibe music for writing and late night study.

8. “Yellow” (2000) – Parachutes

He song that broke them big, I still like it.

7. “Viva La Vida” (2008) – Viva La Vida

What an incredibly catchy melody.

6. “Glass of Water” (2008) – Prospeckt EP

So very good, the best song from the EP hands down. Wish they would have fit it on Viva the album but I understand why it ultimately cut.

5. “Paradise” (2011) – Mylo Xyloto

This was Coldplay’s Rafter-raising era and few songs outside of “Fix You” and “Viva” did it better than this one.

4. “The Scientist” (2002) – Rush Of Blood To The Head

Sad, mournful, sweet, emotive. I dig it still all these years later. “Nobody said it was easy/No one ever said it would be this hard”

3. “Trouble” (2000) – Parachutes

More piano-led balladry and a fine tune it is.

2. “Fix You” (2005) – X & Y

Almost my #1, this somewhat cheesy lyric is outshone but such an uplifting build that’s near heavenly.

1. “In My Place” (2002) – Rush of Blood To The Head

Their most perfect song.

What about you, what are your favorite Coldplay songs?