Coldplay is a British rock band that jumped into the alternative rock scene in ’96. The band’s international breakthrough would come in ’00 with their first studio album, Parachutes, which became an instant classic. Throughout their 23-year long career, they have graced us with a good amount of great tracks, but not all of them made it to the top of the charts. Here is our list of top 8 most underrated Coldplay songs.
Coldplay – Atlas
Atlas fell in the unjust land of forgotten movie soundtracks. Everyone loved it when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out in ’13, and simply disregarded it afterwards. The exquisite slow piano build-up (which carried us back to their Parachutes origins) earned it a spot on this list.
Does anyone even remember this song? It’s not surprising since it doesn’t appear on any official studio albums. The track was issued as a b-side for Clocks. If it were up to us, however, we would definitely squeeze it into the album somehow.
The poignant piano ballad Amsterdam, from A Rush of Blood to the Head, provides a flawless, dramatic ending to the album with Chris Martin’s sweet, high-pitched, sentimental voice. Coldplay fans love it, but it remains an obscure gem to those who are not very familiarized with the British ensemble.
Always in My Head
With a downbeat vibe and light electronic touches, Ghost Stories appears to be a transitioning work. You’re Always in My Head feels just like taking a glimpse into Martin’s aching soul after “consciously uncoupling” Gwyneth Paltrow. And it’s a beautiful song!
We Never Change
We Never Change follows the style and pattern of the songs we have previously discussed: soft, slow, piano-charged, and heavy on falsetto vocals. It’s often skipped and neglected by the band itself, but we just love it.
The ultimate post break-up song, Warning Sign was released as part of Coldplay ’02 album A Rush of Blood to the Head. Totally overshadowed by the hit singles Clocks, and The Scientist, Warning Sign went somehow unnoticed. Coldplay hardly ever plays it live, but it’s one of the most cherished songs by their fans – especially the ones who are heartbroken.
A Message is, possibly, the most Coldplay-ish song in X&Y. Coming right after the much faster (and better marketed) hit track Speed of Sound in the album, most people feel like A Message never really takes off. As much as we understand the complaints, it is still a very nice, depressing song. And we are all about nice, depressing songs.
A Rush of Blood to the Head
You would think that sharing a name with the album in which it is contained, the song would be quite popular but it really is not. As simple and modest as it is A Rush of Blood to the Head is actually one of the most beautiful, powerful and dramatic tracks Coldplay has ever released. Simply extraordinary. Thanks for reading!
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