Music Mondays: My favorite Coldplay songs (that are not Yellow, Fix You, or The Scientist)

While some of my more hipster friends would sneer at people liking Coldplay, there's no denying that this band knows how to make pop rock music that you'd want to listen to over and over again. 

And since I'm seeing them live in a few days, I've been listening to their entire discography the past month (and even made a playlist of their supposed tour playlist which you can Spotify here) and I realized that I still really, really like them, music critics be darned. 

Aside from Yellow, Fix You, and The Scientist, which are of course the national anthems of Coldplay fans, here are my favorites per album.


Parachutes (2000) - Don't Panic

Aside from the fact that it's the first song you hear on their first album, I especially love this song since it was used in Garden State, which is one of my favorite movie soundtracks.

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) - God Put A Smile On Your Face

Again, this is because of an association to a pop culture moment. This is the song playing when Sydney and Vaughn first, you know, on Alias. It was just the perfect song for that perfect moment. Couldn't find a YouTube clip of that, but here's a fan-made compilation of Sydney/Vaugh scenes from the first two seasons.

X & Y (2005) - A Message

While I of course love their bombastic, arena-rock songs, there's also something about the acoustic guitar driven ones that appeal to me. Case in point.


Viva La Vida (2008) - Viva La Vida

It may be a little overplayed (4th runner up to those in my title), but it really is my favorite Coldplay song, arena-rock category. My heart skips so many beats from the very first notes up to the last to the owowowo-ows to the last violin strings and the oooohhhs in the end. 

Mylo Xyloto (2011) - Charlie Brown

Aside from it being named after my favorite bald little boy, it was also used as the ESPN theme in Euro 2012. It also has a very Joshua Tree-feel to it (which is of course my favorite U2 album) and the music video is also pretty cool. 

In my scarecrow dreams
When they smash my heart into smithereens
Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete
Be a cartoon heart
Light a fire a fire a spark
Light a fire a flame in my heart
We’ll run wild
We’ll be glowing in the dark


Ghost Stories (2014) - A Sky Full of Stars

I fell in love with this song because of football again, as it was used as the hype video for the USA World Cup team in 2014. It was perfect and I couldn't stop listening to it afterwards (even when the team crashed out of the World Cup)

A Head Full of Dreams (2015) - Up & Up

Had a hard time choosing here because I'm not too fond of the album, but it was a toss-up between A Head Full of Dreams and this one. But I found this more catchy and it's supposedly the last song in the concert, so there may be something special here.


And since i can't really help it, but Fix You is really probably my favorite, kahit na gasgas na gasgas na siya. It's also the song in one of my favorite So You Think You Can Dance routines.