Coldplay Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Coldplay Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Coldplay were formed in London, England in 1996 by students from the University of London College. The band consists of Chris Martin (vocals & keyboards), Johnny Buckland (guitar), Guy Berryman (bass), Will Champion (drums) and Phil Harvey (creative director). They originally called themselves “Pectoralz” and then “Starfish” before changing to “Coldplay”.

Their first release was an EP called “Safety” which they released independently in 1998, before signing with Parlaphone in 1999. Their debut album “Parachutes” was released in 2000 and included their first big hit single, “Yellow”.

Best Coldplay Albums Of All Time

Coldplay have released 9 studio albums which we have ranked from the rest to the best. Feel free to let us know in the comments whether you feel we have them in the correct order.

9. A Head Full of Dreams (2015)

The tour that followed the release of this album was a huge success, as it was the 3rd highest grossing concert tour of all time. The album however, doesn’t quite cut it for us, it lacks any memorable tracks with the exception of “Up & Up” and “Everglow” and isn’t as good as some of their earlier offerings.

8. Music Of The Spheres (2021)

This is Coldplay’s attempt at a concept album, set as it is in a far off, distant solar system. The album makes the point that as humans, we’re all connected, but the pop tunes just don’t do the album any justice. It’s very similar to “A Head Full Of Dreams” only based in another galaxy.

7. Ghost Stories (2014)

A great album for someone whose relationship has just broken up, as had Chris Martin when this album was produced. He and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow were going through a harrowing divorce during this period and the tracks on this album reflect the feel of that time in their lives.

6. X&Y (2005)

Apart from the tracks “Talk” and “Fix You” there’s nothing spectacularly memorable about this album. That’s not to say it’s bad, just not too memorable. This is a classic example of the third album slump that many bands experience.

5. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

Definitely one for the fans, but not good enough for pole position in our opinion. Probably their most unique album as it loosely narrates the story of the French Revolution. Two tracks really stand out which are “Viva la Vida” and “Lost”

4. Mylo Xyloto (2011)

There are many stand out tracks on this album which is the reason we’ve ranked it at number 4. “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise” are the top two tracks but the whole album is worth a listen.

3. Everyday Life (2019)

Everyday Life is a double album which covers subjects as diverse as Police brutality, climate change, love, racism, war, friendship, faith and gun control. In many ways Everyday life could be considered as an experimental album but somehow, it works.

2. Parachutes (2000)

Their debut album which quickly went to number one on the UK charts and went platinum a massive 8 times! Many of the tracks of this album have become fan favourites including “Trouble”, “shiver” and “Yellow”. This album set the bar for what was to come.

1. A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

Following their success with “Parachutes”, Coldplay tightened their sound to produce this absolute classic album. This is the album that includes “Warning Sign”, Clocks” and “The Scientist” and is the album that made Coldplay one of the biggest bands ever.

All Coldplay Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
Parachutes 2000
A Rush Of The Blood To The Head 2002
X&Y2005
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends2008
Mylo Xyloto 2011
Ghost Stories2014
A Head Full Of Dreams2015
Everyday Life2019
Music of The Spheres2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Coldplay album?

The best selling Coldplay album is “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” which has sold more than 3 million copies in the UK and peaked at number one in the UK album charts.

What is the newest Coldplay album?

The newest Coldplay album is Music Of The Spheres which was released on October 15th 2021.

What is the first Coldplay album?

The first Coldplay album was “Parachutes” which was released on July 10th 2000 in the UK and November 7th 2000 in the US.

What is Coldplay’s most famous song?

Coldplay’s most famous song is “Yellow” from the album “Parachutes”. It was released on June 26th 2000 and reached number 4 on the UK charts.

When did Coldplay start?

Coldplay formed in London, England in 1996. They started as  “Pectoralz” and then “Starfish” before changing to “Coldplay”.

What genre is Coldplay?

Coldplay’s genres are Pop, Post-Britpop, Pop rock and alternative rock.

Who are the members of Coldplay?

The members of Coldplay are Chris Martin (vocals & keyboards), Johnny Buckland (guitar), Guy Berryman (bass), Will Champion (drums) and Phil Harvey (creative director).

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