Top 10 Best Coldplay Albums

The Top Ten
1 A Rush of Blood to the Head

"Politik" grabs your attention at the onset with immense, booming piano and guitar. Then, "In My Place" responds with loud drumming and a happy guitar riff, framing a charming ballad of loneliness. "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" is an edgier piece, and Coldplay pulls it off wonderfully. "The Scientist" is a lovely piano ballad; the beautiful chords and Chris Martin's beautiful falsetto vocals make this song a classic. "Clocks", the 2004 Grammy winner of Record of the Year, builds around an infectious piano riff with lyrics of great urgency. "Daylight" is a bluesy rocker that strengthens the album. "Green Eyes" and "Warning Sign", two of my favorites, are lovely ballads to love and loss that demonstrate the power of Chris Martin's vocals. Though "A Whisper" is somewhat forgettable, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" builds on the epic rock of the opening track with a catchy chorus and fantastic guitar work. The album closes on an absolute high note; "Amsterdam" shows Coldplay at their ...more

Oddly this was the last Coldplay album I heard in its entirety. But it quickly became anything but the last Coldplay album in my mind. I put it in my CD player right out of the box and as soon as I got to 'God Put a Smile Upon your Face' I knew that this was the best. It has ten amazing songs and only one song that doesn't quite make it to the amazing category (A Whisper).

Coldplay put everything in here perfectly. The Scientist, God Put a Smile, In My Place, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Amsterdam, Clocks... It's all so satisfying and so well performed. Good Job, Coldplay, this is my favorite album of all time.

This one is the best in my opinion, some quality flowing natural sounding songs and plenty of variation too.

1 ARoBttH
2 X & Y
3 Parachutes
4 Viva La Vida
5 Mylo Xylto

I do enjoy MX and Viva La Vida but I do significantly prefer the first three, they feel less inhibited by commercial pressures and I think our overall generally better in terms of the sound and songwriting.

Favourite Coldplay songs...

Shiver, Spies, The Scientist, Clocks, Green Eyes, ARoBttH, Amsterdam, Talk, A Message, The Hardest Part, Cemeteries Of London, Lovers In Japan, Hurts Like Heaven and Charlie Brown.

Politik, The Scientist, Green Eyes, A Rush of Blood to the Head are perfect and my personal favorites. I haven't paid much attention to the lyrics on the album yet, but I find it extremely coherent and distinctive, and a soothing listen, plus without sappiness. No faulty tracks to bring it down like Violet Hill, A Message, Everything's Not Lost did to the other albums for instance.

Basically, I think this particular album is Coldplay's one pristine work of art.

2 X&Y

This album is by far the best Coldplay album to date. It captures raw emotion in each of the songs. Plus, it has Talk and Speed of Sound, two of the best songs they've ever writtien. Furthermore, X&Y, White Shadows, and Low have an beautiful ethereal tone to them. To date the group has not captured that feeling nearly as well in any song. Fix You and A Message truly show the meaning of a powerful melody. All in all, it is album that will go down in history as a beautiful piece of work.

I am a huge Pink Floyd fan. A massive Beatles and Paul McCartney fan. I love longtime artists like U2, Billy Joel and Elton John, and since the early 2000's - Coldplay. I have soaked in all their albums but have never listened to a single album from any artist more than X & Y. It's a sonic masterpiece. A powerful concept album without even trying to be one. Every song is great. To this day I still revisit X & Y to listen to in one sitting. Pure joy to the ears and yearning for the soul in one album.

Other than fix you, (sure there is talk and speed of sound, but not quite so good single wise.) This album didn't have great singles. It's the album itself that I liked, (probably why I liked ghost stories so much).
While AROBTTH and Viva La vida had great singles, (clocks and the scientist for AROBTTH and Viva La vida, violet hill, and strawberry swing) X&Y had all of the songs laid out in an amazing story of an album. Not to mention til kingdom come. Probably one of my favorites.

This album EASILY has all of there greatest songs! This amazing album includes Speed of Sound, Fix You, White Shadows, The Hardest Part, Talk and Low.
It reached number 1 in Australia and stayed in the top 50 for 77 weeks so doesn't that tell you that it is a great album?

3 Viva La Vida

The sound of this album is breathtaking... My favorites are Lost!, Lovers In Japan, Violet Hill, and Strawberry Swing. This is the record that got me into Coldplay. It is a great one. I am considering this to be my favorite album of ALL TIME. The atmosphere, the themes, the melodies, the cover art, the feeling the music gives you... When you're done listening to Death And All His Friends at the end of the album, you just think,

"That was heaven on earth... "

When we judge albums we should remember to look not just how good each song is individually, but look at the album as a whole and see how the songs fit together. The dual tracks on this album (like Lovers In Japan/Reign of Love) are brilliant, as well as the ordering of contrasting songs like Violet Hill and then Strawberry Swing, which should be enough to earn the top spot for Viva la Vida.

Every single song in this album is great. The variety they have in this album alone is amazing. It's so dark and happy at the same time. Songs like Violet Hill, Lovers in Japan, Strawberry swing and Cemetaries of London are just masterpieces. The only thing I regret is that I can't put Parachutes higher, because it deserves to be up there with this and ROBHTTH. X and Y at fourth and mylo Xyloto at the VERY BOTTOM!

You know if Brian Eno is involved, its gonna be good! His influence on this album made it so much better. The variety is really strong, and the emotion is really strong. I knew Coldplay had the potential to put out a great album, this is it!

4 Parachutes

X&Y and viva la vida rated higher than this masterpiece? What's wrong with y'all. Sorry..this is their REAL quality album. Yellow, sparks, and trouble can END all that albums (and maybe ALL of their albums). Last great experiment is Ghost Stories. Viva la vida sucks, x&y is average, mx is good, AROBTHH is 2nd masterpiece. And sorry not sorry, their last trash.

Best coldplay album, the rest of their works is million miles away of this one. X&Y in 1 st position is a joke.
Parachutes - Rush of Blood though the head, and it s done (the song magic of the album Magic is at that Parachutes level but its an exception in their recent work)

It was back when Coldplay were more rock oriented. Their absolute best work. Every song has a heart. Every song has beautiful lyrics and heart touching sound. Their pop stuff can't beat this.

I don't even know how you could say its not refined structurally... It totally is to me. his is their best album so far but I think Ghost stories is going to beat it out depending on what I've heard.

5 Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay has an incredible amount of great songs throughout their entire discography but some of their album fillers can be a little on the edgy side (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just turns some people away). The great thing about this album is that all the way through it is pleasant to listen to, and there isn't one song that I feel a desire to skip over. Frankly it's underrated, probably due to the EDM influences which fans had a hard time getting used to at first. In my opinion this album is the greatest example of EDM/Rock fusion in the history of rock. The songs create very beautiful musical atmospheres that fill your head with "musical colours" of a kind. Anyone who has listened to it knows exactly what I'm talking about. Incredible album!

As a die-hard Coldplay fan, I feel like they have come full circle with Mylo Xyloto. While I love their earlier albums, A Rush of Blood to the Head and Viva la Vida in particular, I feel like this track did something that their previous albums didn't do so much of; tell a story. You start with Hurts like Heaven, the beginning of a revolution of sorts, and end with the hopeful song Up With the Birds. A spectacular album from a spectacular band! Coldplay forever!

Coldplay is one of those bands that I feel gets better and better with every album that they put out, and that makes Mylo Xyloto their best work. They have completely evolved from their hip-hop vibe on 'Viva la Vida', and went full on electronic for Mylo Xyloto. This record tells a story, and it's a great story, and each and every track is different and great-sounding in their own way, but yet tell the same things. Great album!

Brilliant brilliant brilliant. All the people who think this albums stinks just needs to give it some time. I LOVED it when it first came out but as time went on I loved it even more! Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Major Minus and Charlie Brown are the best tracks. If you're reading this, go buy the album. NOW.

6 Ghost Stories

It's a really tough question to answer. In the end I can't pick which one's the best as every album's theme and atmosphere varies greatly.

Really, in my opinion all of their albums are fantastic in their own ways.

I picked this because it deserves more attention than the others. Though its really a quiet and intimate album, not to mention it sounds really different. That's enough to divide their fans and draw endless mean criticism.

If you gave me only a week or two to rate it. I wouldn't hesitate to give it a 2 out of 5. I disliked it, it sounded really different and even silly to me. But, later I found out that this is the type of album that gets better the more you listen to it (duh, that applies to every album but this one just needs more time than average albums). But its truly a carefully mastered album.

Fast forward 2 months or so and this changes to be my favorite album of the year 2014. As the music grows into me, I began to appreciate more about ...more

This album actually has more divided fan opinions than Mylo Xyloto did. I some ways it's a lot more like old style Coldplay. In other ways, it contains their poppiest music to date. But one thing is for sure, its one hell of a relaxing album, even if the lyrical content can get you down for a bit, it doesn't last. The music is so politely charming as well.

I'm gonna say it now, every Coldplay album rocks. Each one reminds me of a completely different album. Ghost stories reminds me of The Bends by Radiohead. And well I will blaspheme the name of music forevermore... This album is better than The Beatles.

This is my second favorite album. A lot of fans feel divided about it and I understand why. It's slow and depressing, very melancholic. But I've never heard so much beauty in heartbreak. Chris Martin turned his pain into a work of art.

7 A Head Full of Dreams

First of all, not an album to please Coldplay haters. A bit like Ghost Stories, we may have mixed feelings about this fresh new release. On one side we have brilliant songs like Birds or Amazing Day and on the other, pop songs like Hymn For The Weekend or the ill-fated X Marks The Spot.

It is possible to appreciate those songs though. They are certainly catchy but do not sound like good old Coldplay.

What's interesting about AHFOD is that we can still see some traces of previous albums in a few songs. Birds sounds like the cousin of Hurts Like Heaven from MX and A Head Full Of Dreams has those guitar riffs that reminds me of X&Y, which is cool!

Anyways, not their best album and I hope this is not their last like they said. Good songs: Birds, Everglow, Amazing Day, A Head Full Of Dreams.

I think this is a really good album! Not their best (I think AROBTTH is the best album ever made) but this album is very unique and every song is distinct and has its own special thing to it. Some of coldplay's best work is on this album, and the best guitar solo is in up and up! Songs like everglow, fun, and adventure of a lifetime are truly works of art and show's the bands true talent. They have evolved but they are still coldplay and still make wonderful, meaningful music. The reason why they have changed with each album is so they don't get boring making the same sound over and over (which has led many bands to their end). This album is overall very good and is certainly under appreciated and mis interpreted

Not as great as the first three albums, but can contend with Viva La Vida for 4th. Definiteupgrade over Mylo Xyloto and Ghost Stories. Songs such as Adventure of a Lifetime, bring that fast, upbeat themes while songs like Army of One, Fun, and X Marks the Spot flow brilliantly throughout.

I love this album! There is not one bad song. I personally think it should be higher up on the list. Adventure of a Lifetime and Hymn for the Weekend were some of my favorite songs, alongside Clocks and Paradise.

8 Prospekt's March

Amazing that a B sides compilation would contain such amazing music. How could you not love the Happy-to-be-alive atmosphere of "Life in Technicolor ii, " the sentimentality of "Postcards From Far Away, " the gorgeous celestial atmosphere of "Glass of Water, " or the foggy fun-ness and breathtaking chorus of Rainy Day? The title song was not what I thought it would be, but it turned out to be something quite better, and it still to this day brings on a solemn and reflective mood in me. The final song "Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground" is the perfect way to close the legacy of Viva La Vida by focusing on the theme of death, and featuring a unique horn section towards the end. Overall, this is an amazing and highly underrated work by Coldplay that should not be overlooked.

This B sides compilation is amazing! While it's not my favorite album, it certainly is awesome, and should be owned and listened to regularly by every Coldplay fan! Check it out if you haven't already!

9 The Blue Room EP

I love the old version of Don't Panic! Bigger Stronger and See You Soon are very good too

So calming, best ever

10 Live 2003
The Contenders
11 Everyday Life

Outstanding album with vibes from all over the world. Has a couple of explicit songs, but that makes it even better!

I listened to it today, some explicit songs (which was unexpected) but overall a great album.

Everyday Life should deserved better place.

This should be higher. Such a great album

12 Music of the Spheres

Amazing album, Coloratura is easily the best song in a long time. Also has some good songs like Humankind and People of the Pride.

Their music just does not get worse. Incredible

13 LeftRightLeftRightLeft
14 Kaleidoscope EP

Brand new, but these songs are truly magical. Miracles is a great song, and All I can think about you is such a masterpiece.

Really good EP, almost like an extension to Head Full of Dreams

15 Safety EP
16 Mince Spies EP
17 Ghost Stories Live 2014

Ghost Stories Live 2014 is the fourth live album by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The album, a live recorded version of the band's sixth studio album Ghost Stories, was released by Parlophone in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2014.

This album is an emotional masterpiece. A mixture of love and space in every context.

18 Acoustic EP
19 Live 2012
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