The History Of Coldplay

The History Of Coldplay

"I just want to make the best music of all time with my best friends." -Chris Martin
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Coldplay is one of the most known alternative rock bands in the world. From their first EP’s, to becoming Grammy Award Winning, to solidifying themselves as a common household name, Coldplay is pretty successful.

Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, started befriending lead guitarist Jonny Buckland when they attended University College London. After a few months, the group's bassist, Guy Berryman, joined the group. Will Champion joined shortly after the group had formed. The band’s names ranged from Pectoralz to Starfish, and then ultimately ended up picking the name “Coldplay” in 1998 before releasing their three EP albums.

In 2000, “Yellow” became their first global hit and their album “Parachutes” debuted that same year. The album was #12 on the charts and sold 2.4 million copies in Britain alone. In 2002, they released their album “A Rush of Blood to the Head." The album won a Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Music Album in 2003. At the 2004 Grammy Awards, they won Record of the Year for their album hit, “Clocks”. Their “X&Y” album became their next best selling album; however, some critics ranked the album lower than the previous albums they had put out.

Before long, Coldplay would rise in their next album titled, “Death and All His Friends” (or more widely known as “Viva La Vida”) in 2008. At the 51st Grammy Awards, their album skyrocketed to new heights and they earned various nominations including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and 3 other nominations.

Coldplay started to make a slight change in their sound, as they transitioned to a pop band with some soft rock in between to compensate a bigger audience.

In 2011, they released a new album (one of the best in my opinion), “Mylo Xyloto.” At the time, they broke an iTunes record, selling 500,000 copies in the first week. The album charted at number one in 34 countries. This album received many Grammy nominations.


As I listened to them on a certain YouTube video, “Live From Paris 2012”, I felt an overwhelming rush of serenity and joy as I listened. I saw as thousands of fans waved their colorful light-up bands in the air and I felt as if I was there with the band, listening to their music and singing along.


One of the best albums of Coldplay would have to be their “Mylo Xyloto” album. The phrase "Mylo Xyloto" translates from traditional Balinese to “The Love. Of Mine.” This album is worth loving.

The 6th album and newest albums, “Ghost Stories”, was highly anticipated around the world. This album was nominated for the best pop vocal album at the 57th Grammys. It was named the top rock album in 2015 and was the #1 selling in the United Kingdom. “Ghost Stories” sold 3.7 million copies in 2014.


Yes, these are all great accomplishments made by a very successful and talented band. But here are 3 simple reasons why Coldplay is one of the best alternative rock bands of all time:

1. They are good LIVE.

Most bands that you come across could have awesome potential on the radio. You listen to them sing but have you ever heard a band that is good live? It makes the experience 10 times better because you WANT to listen to good music. Coldplay puts on a fantastic show of lights, technology, and music. Chris Martin's raw voice can be heard clearly through the microphone as he dances with the crowd, getting them pumped up. Don't you want to like a band that is good live? If you don't believe me, check out this video and tell me that is not raw talent...

2. Meaningful Lyrics

Some songs you hear on the radio have no point to them. Through their years, Coldplay has succeeded with producing many songs with meaningful lyrics. “Fix You” off of their “X&Y” album focuses on the death of Martin's friend's dad and how he “needed to fix” the person to build them up and give them hope. He talks a lot in his songs about overcoming unhappy parts of his life and bringing them to a positive standpoint. Coldplay reaches the top charts with memorable songs that have great lyrics to them.

3. Diversity

For a rock band that has been around for around 15 years, they have accomplished many great feats of music. They started out as an alternative band that was compared to the modern-day U2. As the years passed, their music evolved into something of a passion to reach a bigger audience. Now most of their music has alternative flare with some pop influences to reach an audience from middle school graders to adults.

Overall, Coldplay is one of the most prestigious alternative rock bands of our time. We will continue to wait for the seventh album, "A Head Full of Dreams" which comes out this next year.

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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