Coldplay Albums Ranked
It’s not even been a year since the release of Ghost Stories, and Coldplay are already talking about working on their next album. For a band who tend to leave some pretty big gaps between each album release, this news came as quite a shock to me. Ghost Stories was less than stellar, with the band seemingly leaving the stadium rock style they had developed over the past decade behind them, so I welcome Coldplay the opportunity to make up for it with what is rumoured to be their final record release.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably fancying yourself a bit of Coldplay right about now. But what to listen to?? I’ve put the hard work in so you don’t have to. I’ve ranked all of Coldplay’s albums for you so you can listen to all the great stuff Coldplay have released over the years, and skip Ghost Stories.
From worst to best, here are Coldplay’s albums ranked…
(6) Ghost Stories (2014)
Can anyone actually remember a song from Ghost Stories? No cheating now. Chris Martin made sure no one would forget A Sky Full Of Stars by hammering home the song’s name in truly repetitive fashion, but aside from this there is nothing on Ghost Stories that stands out. It had been three years since the band released any new material, and unfortunately Ghost Stories really didn’t deliver. The album is a lot more synthpop-influenced than Coldplay are known for, and unfortunately this experiment didn’t pay off. The songs are bland and forgettable.
OK yes, I admit it, a small part of me is still bitter that Coldplay didn’t follow the album up with a tour. But only a small part. If they did go on tour I would have been happy if they missed off any tracks from Ghost Stories.
At least the video for Magic was pretty quirky. The tribute to classic silent films was fun to see. That’s something, right? Silver linings and all that…
(5) X & Y (2005)
X&Y gets a hard rep from some people, but if you ask me, no album that gives us a track as good as Fix You can be all bad. There were apparently quite a few troubles when recording X&Y, not the least of which was the band firing their producer. Between this and a lot of the original songs written being discarded, it’s a surprise X&Y was the bestselling album of 2015; in the world no less.
There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with X&Y – this isn’t Ghost Stories we’re talking about here! But after the fantastic job Coldplay did on their first two records, they really did fall short with their third release. I believe “underwhelming” sums it up.
(4) Mylo Xyloto (2011)
You know what’s great about Mylo Xyloto? You can pop the album on when on a road trip, and before you know it 45 minutes have gone by, you’ve just finished Up With The Birds, and you’re having to nudge whoever is riding shotgun to play the next album. There might not be many stand-out tracks on the record, but it is far too easy to get lost in Mylo Xyloto.
With all that being said though, Paradise might be the most fun song to hear live at a Coldplay gig. All together now PARA PARA PARADISE! OOOOOOH OOOOOH OOOH OH OH OOHH OOOOHHHH!
(3) Viva la Vida (2008)
By the time Viva La Vida came around Coldplay had found themselves sitting comfortably amongst the world’s most well-known bands. As such, it’s fair to look at Viva La Vida as being quite a lazy album. There’s nothing particularly experimental and it all sounds an awful lot like the same old Coldplay.
However, Viva La Vida does exemplify Coldplay at their stadium rock best. In fact you can be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to the kings of stadium rock U2 at some points. From tracks designed to fill a stadium like Violet Hill to crowd favourites like the title track Viva La Vida, this album is heard best when surrounded by thousands of fans screaming for Chris Martin.
(2) Parachutes (2000)
When Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes at the turn of the century, the UK was starting to suffer from a serious case of Brit Pop Fatigue. The 90s was a fantastic decade for British music, but there’s only so much one man can take, and ten years of Liam Gallagher clones chiming through the radio is a lot to take. By the millennium Brit Pop Fatigue had well and truly set in, and Coldplay were the cure.
Since its release Parachutes has been certified platinum 8 times, and it’s not hard to hear why. Songs like Shiver and Yellow still rank as some of the best the band have ever produced, and the album as a whole was a fantastic way to issue in a new millennium.
(1) A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)
There are two different factors that can make up a great album; a host of fantastic singles and being able to listen to the album from beginning to end without any down time. Most records achieve one of these, but Coldplay knocked it out of the park with the follow-up to their debut.
A Rush Of Blood To The Head boasts some phenomenal singles, with the likes of The Scientist and Clocks rank among every Coldplay fan’s top tracks. And as for listening to the album with no down time, we’re not sure we’ve ever stuck on A Rush Of Blood To The Head and not found ourselves in a deep state of melancholy by the time Amsterdam has come to an end.