c: my favorite coldplay songs. #atozchallenge

My favorite Coldplay songs.
I was going to do something like my favorite cookie (oatmeal) or my favorite color (black, obviously), but I’m trying not to be boring here.

As you may be aware [if you’re not new here and you’ve been paying attention], Coldplay is my favorite band. [Okay, I have other favorites… we’re only on C today and I’ve not been able to choose one favorite of anything yet.] It’s been a 21-year love affair and it’s not over. [Shut up. They are never breaking up.] Over the last few days, I’ve listened to their entire music catalog. Just for fun, really. I already knew which songs were my favorites.

All song titles are links to YouTube for your watching/listening enjoyment. [I thought posting all of the videos within this post was too much… so I only posted a couple here.] Obviously, I recommend hearing them all. These are listed in no particular order [except the last one… which should really be the first one… but I listed it last].

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall. [Mylo Xyloto 2011] I used to use this as my ringtone. Whenever I hear it, I grab my phone to answer a non-existent call.
Also from Mylo Xyloto: Don’t Let It Break Your Heart.

Yellow. [Parachutes 2000] Because it’s the first Coldplay song I ever heard. And because it’s a classic. And it’s amazing. My guy Nik from WBCN [a great radio station that no longer exists] introduced me to Coldplay with this song, and it was love at first listen.
Also from Parachutes: Trouble.

Fix You. [X + Y 2005] Everyone loves this song. I’m not usually one to jump on the bandwagon, but in this case, I’m driving the bandwagon. It’s truly one of the greatest songs of all time. An amazing live version.
Also from X + Y: Swallowed in the Sea.

In My Place. [A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002] Inspiration for a 50,000-word story I wrote. I have posted tiny scenes from that story on this blog under different titles. This is a story I actually finished when it needed to end. Not like most of the time when I drag it out because I can’t say goodbye to my characters.
Also from A Rush of Blood to the Head: The Scientist.

Amsterdam. [A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002; live in Amsterdam 2016] I tried to keep it to one main entry per album, but I couldn’t do it. This song needs it’s own entry. And this version, performed live in (where else?) Amsterdam is my favorite.

Something Just Like This. [2017] This is a cheat because it’s ‘Coldplay & The Chainsmokers‘ and officially appears on a Chainsmokers album [though also on a Coldplay EP], but I love it. I was obsessed with it when I first heard it. I had it playing on a loop for days.

Ink. [Ghost Stories 2014] My kids and I used to listen to this on repeat. I seem to do that with a lot of Coldplay songs, but I dragged my kids into it this time. No… they came willingly. When this video was initially released, fans could make choices inside the video—kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure book. I found a link for that HERE. It’s so fun! And I love the animation.
Also from Ghost Stories: A Sky Full of Stars.

But… if I had to pick one [and you really can’t make me]… this is the one:

‘Til Kingdom Come. [X + Y 2005] The first time I heard this I cried. I’m not even sure why it hit me like that. All I know is that I immediately started writing down scenes that would later become parts of my ‘secret book‘ [which you may have heard me mention before if you know me]. And this is another song I’ve played on a loop for days at a time. I mean it. Just the one song. For days. Over and over and over again.
[This song was originally written for Johnny Cash. I’m glad Coldplay recorded it because I don’t like Johnny Cash (that’s right… I said it… I do not like him) and not having a Coldplay version of this song would be, maybe, the saddest thing ever. Off topic—I hate Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ song Hurt. Hate. It.]

(One, two)
Steal my heart and hold my tongue
I feel my time, my time has come
Let me in, unlock the door
I’ve never felt this way before

And the wheels just keep on turning
The drummer begins to drum
I don’t know which way I’m going
I don’t know which way I’ve come

Hold my head inside your hands
I need someone who understands
I need someone, someone who hears
For you, I’ve waited all these years

For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come
Until my day, my day is done
And say you’ll come and set me free
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me

In your tears and in your blood
In your fire and in your flood
I hear you laugh, I heard you sing
I wouldn’t change a single thing

And the wheels just keep on turning
The drummers begin to drum
I don’t know which way I’m going
I don’t know what I’ve become

For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come
Until my day, my day is done
And say you’ll come and set me free
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me

Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me
[Written by Coldplay: Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman]

For the record, this was *really* difficult. On my first pass through their entire catalog, I picked 26 songs. Though it was trying, I managed to cut that in half… mentioning only thirteen. I’m sure most of you won’t, but I hope you’ll listen to all thirteen. And if you hate them, don’t tell me.

p.s. — My least favorite Coldplay song is… Clocks. Ugh. It’s one of the most popular and I cannot understand why. It’s just not even on my radar of good Coldplay songs. It’s just… blech. It may actually be the only Coldplay song I don’t even like a little bit.

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Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy, too. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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16 Responses to c: my favorite coldplay songs. #atozchallenge

  1. Fantastic post Sandra. I didn’t listen to them all but skipped about and listened to many. My favourites out of your choices are Yellow, and Fix You (that live version is brilliant). I agree that Clocks is not one of their best but it does appeal to lots of people.

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  2. Ogden Fahey says:

    So – you like them? Is that what you’re saying? 😉 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hari OM
    Well, that’s a half-hour of my evening dealt with… &*> YAM xx

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  4. mydangblog says:

    One of my favourite bands. I think The Scientist is still my favourite:-)

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jrvincente says:

    Such a great post! I know almost all of those songs. Coldplay is excellent.

    Stopping by from A to Z!
    – Jayden Vincente
    Erotic fiction author

    A to Z 2021

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