[[caption-width-right:312: Left to right: Will Champion (drummer), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Chris Martin (vocals, piano) and Guy Berryman (bass).]]

-> ''Look at the stars\\
Look how they shine for you\\
And everything you do\\
And it was all yellow''

'''Coldplay''' is an acclaimed [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] soft rock group who, after several low-key releases, hit the big time in 2000 with the single "[[SignatureSong Yellow]]". The following album, ''Parachutes'' (2000), debuted at number 1 in the UK, won a Grammy and has since gone multi-platinum worldwide. The follow-ups, ''A Rush of Blood to the Head'' (2002), and ''X&Y'' (2005), continued the commercial and critical success -- though they also gave the band a reputation for their songs sounding too similar (the singles "Speed of Sound" and "Clocks" being frequently singled out for comparison).

Their fourth album, ''Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends'' (2008), [[NewSoundAlbum changed this]]. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Music/BrianEno, it introduced "exotic" instruments such as an OminousPipeOrgan, a Honky-Tonk Piano and elaborate string sections, as well as changing the fundamentals of their sound to include more experimental [[UncommonTime time signatures]] and unusual song structures. Despite the predictable TheyChangedItNowItSucks whining from some fans, it became the most paid-for downloaded album of all time. Music/JoeSatriani sued the group shortly after the album's release, claiming they had plagiarized "substantial original portions" of his song "If I Could Fly" (this was before the song won a Grammy) -- however, this was settled out of court and dropped. Later that year, the EP ''Prospekt's March'' was released, containing additional songs from the album's sessions and a remix involving Music/JayZ.

The band's next album, ''Mylo Xyloto'' (2011), continued the evolution, incorporating electronica elements. While the album was not as well-received by critics as previous efforts, it still charted well and soon went multi-platinum (as usual).

Their latest, ''Ghost Stories'', came out in May 2014. While the previous two albums were decidedly LighterAndSofter, given Chris Martin [[CreatorBreakdown divorced shortly before production]], the depression is easy to spot.

The band has also released three {{Live Album}}s -- ''Live 2003'' (from Sydney), ''[=LeftRightLeftRightLeft=]'' (2009), which is [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=395 available for free from their website]], and ''Live 2012'', which is also a DVD.

+ Music/{{Radiohead}}
+ Music/{{U2}}
+ Music/JeffBuckley
+ Music/{{Oasis}}
+ Music/{{Travis}}
+ Music/TheBeatles
+ Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen
+ Music/KateBush
+ Music/{{Muse}}
+ Music/JohnnyCash
+ Music/{{Kraftwerk}}
+ Music/{{Blur}}
+ Music/MyBloodyValentine
+ Music/ArcadeFire
+ Music/BrianEno
+ Music/VelvetUnderground

[floatboxright:Related Acts:
+ Music/{{Apparatjik}} (Berryman)]

* Chris Martin - The band's leader, and a rather famous celebrity. Serves as the band's lead vocalist, lead pianist, rhythm guitarist (usually an acoustic), and primary songwriter. He was married to Creator/GwynethPaltrow from 2003 to 2014.
* Jonny Buckland - Lead guitarist. Has a recognisable signature minimalist sound, and has been compared to [[Music/{{U2}} The Edge]].
* Guy Berryman - Bassist. He is also a member of the [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent completely different]] supergroup Music/{{Apparatjik}}.
* Will Champion - Drummer. Was sacked early in the band's career, but quickly re-hired (causing Chris to [[CantHoldHisLiquor get himself drunk on Vodka]] as punishment.) Occasionally sings lead vocals.

[[AC:Discography with singles:]]
* 2000 - ''Parachutes''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpwW4iraV3Q "Shiver"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MwjX4dG72s "Yellow"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHg-PhseKOQ "Trouble"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1horffGyO0 "Don't Panic"]]
* 2002 - ''A Rush of Blood to the Head''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEoHFzEmld0 "In My Place"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWLpTKBFcU "The Scientist"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d020hcWA_Wg "Clocks"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Kcg_8gK30 "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face"]]
* 2005 - ''X&Y''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TahH7B_aUZc "Speed of Sound"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-o25K6B-E "Fix You"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0uqLM1uj_k "Talk"]] [[note]] the riff was adapted from Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s "Computer Love" with permission[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tp0r9197uo "The Hardest Part"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdD6RMICpfg "What If"]] [[note]]UsefulNotes/{{France}} and UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} only[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-CldBQD4S8 "White Shadows"]] [[note]]UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} only, no music video[[/note]]
* 2008 - ''Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXuKtA6uVtI "Violet Hill"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgZkm1xWPE&ob=av2e Viva la Vida]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EuTA4jlpWA&ob=av2n Lovers in Japan]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkjGg_pPJU&ob=av2e Lost!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pJZSTQqIg&ob=av2n Strawberry Swing]]
* 2011 - ''Mylo Xyloto''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyMhvkC3A84&ob=av2e Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg&ob=av2n Paradise]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTFBJgnNgU4&ob=av2e Charlie Brown]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uw6ZkbsAH8 Princess Of China]][[note]](ft. {{Rihanna}})[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8KV0mzqTXY Hurts Like Heaven]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhLJfw3t5hE Up With The Birds]][[note]]no video[[/note]]
* 2014 - Ghost Stories
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeMxWjpr-Y Midnight]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PvBc2TOpE4 Magic]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp7NtW_hKJI A Sky Full Of Stars]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpl_6jotaHA True Love]]
* Other singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLO-NtFM_Y&feature=related Brothers & Sisters]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDPjuzzAlB4 Lhuna]][[note]]with Music/KylieMinogue[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSovfzyx28&ob=av2e Life In Technicolor II]] (taken from ''Prospekt's March'' - an EP with alternate versions and outtakes out of the ''Viva la Vida'' sessions), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rYmzQ8C9Q&ob=av2e Christmas Lights]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh3TokLzzmw Atlas]] (from the soundtrack of ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire]]'').

!!Coldplay provides examples of the following tropes:

* AlbumSingle: Coldplay's singles include "Yellow, "the Scientist", and "Viva la Vida".
* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted for the most part. Every album has a TitleTrack, but the only one to mention the album title was ''A Rush of Blood to the Head''. A partial example is "I don't want to follow [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Death and all of his friends]]".
** "X and Y" is a lyric in "The World Turned Upside Down," [[SubvertedTrope a B-side that isn't on X&Y.]]
* AnimatedMusicVideo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYtk1Z0UUuE "Strawberry Swing"]], though credit for the idea and execution go to [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=448 Shynola]].[[note]]Well, it wasn't technically animated, unless stop-motion with chalk drawings and Chris Martin lying on the ground counts.[[/note]]
** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8KV0mzqTXY&feature=branded "Hurts Like Heaven"]]
* AprilFoolsDay: "Coldplay launch their own fragrance, [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=618 Angst by Coldplay]]". Also fits under SelfParody and TakeThat (at the critics describing them as [[{{Wangst}} too angsty]]).
* ArcSymbol: Taken UpToEleven in ''Mylo Xyloto''. Every single song [[http://onethirtybpm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Mylo-Xyloto-Tracklist.png has its own symbol]], some of them obvious but others only understandable in context (e.g. the butterfly representing "Paradise" is mentioned in the lyrics).
* AudienceParticipationSong: Many, the biggest being "Viva La Vida" ("Whoooooah oh oh oh oh!").
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Will Champion. Hell yeah.
* BadassBaritone: Chris is a tenor, but on "Yes" he mostly sings in a low baritone voice.
* BaldOfAwesome: Will Champion (sometimes)
* BeingEvilSucks: A common interpretation of "Viva la Vida".
* BigBrotherIsWatchingYou: "Major Minus", based off of the BigBad of the ''Mylo Xyloto'' MythArc who is very much the Big Brother of the story.
-->''[[ParanoiaFuel "They got one eye watching you\\
One eye, what you do?\\
So be careful who it is you're talking to"]]''
* BookEnds: The entirety of the album ''Viva La Vida''. "Life in Technicolor" fades into the [[RecurringRiff same series of notes]] that "Death and All His Friends" and the hidden track "The Escapist" fades out on.
* BoyBand: When they first started, the group created an alter ego boy band called Pectoralz as a joke. No gigs were performed under the name.
* BreakUpSong: ''Ghost Stories'' is full of them.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Chris's wailing in the live b-side "Pour Me". It's brief, but incredibly disconcerting.
* ComicBookAdaptation: There is one in development for ''Mylo Xyloto'', scheduled for release in early 2013.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Mylo Xyloto'' has [[MythArc one hell of a story]]. It takes place in the [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] society of [[MeaningfulName Silencia]], run by [[BigBad Major Minus]] [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou via media and propaganda.]] His goal is [[CrapsackWorld to strip the streets of sound and color]] to drive away creatures named feeders that use such energy to hunt. The two words in the album title are actually two names. Mylo is a silencer tasked in hunting down sparkers such as Xyloto, that create sparks with light and energy. Mylo discovers his sparker powers through Xyloto and his affiliation with [[LaResistance the Car Kids]], a sparker faction founded by Mylo's parents.
** Apparently their new album ''Ghost Stories'' is one as well. Taking partial inspiration from Chris' rocky relationship with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow (at least at the time of the album recording), the album revolves around a man going through dramatic and sudden breakup, with the tracks representing the man's state of mind leading up to his eventual acceptance of the situation.
* ConceptVideo: The aforementioned "Strawberry Swing".
** The video for "The Scientist", in that it uses reverse narrative.
** "Hurts Like Heaven" too, and it serves as a prequel to ''Mylo Xyloto'''s ComicBookAdaptation.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Chris Martin tends to get a little wacky in live performances when he's not playing an instrument. Some fans also haven't the slightest idea what the hell he's even talking about in some of his interviews.
* EatenAlive: In the music video for "Talk", the band members suffer this fate at the hands of a giant toy robot at the end. Though to be fair, one of the band members stole a knob from the robot.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Life in Technicolor". It originally had lyrics, which were cut out at the last minute. The non-instrumental (but still epic) version was released later as "Life in Technicolor II".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Happens quite a bit in ''Mylo Xyloto'' [[note]]"Mylo Xyloto" transitions into "Hurts Like Heaven," "M.M.I.X." transitions into "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall," "U.F.O." transitions into "Princess of China," and "A Hopeful Transition" transitions into "Don't Let It Break Your Heart," which then transitions into "Up With the Birds" [[/note]]. It is a ConceptAlbum, after all.
** Very subtle but still there: If you listen closely during the very last few seconds of "Viva La Vida", you can hear the intro of "Violet Hill" start up before the track truly ends. Also happens with "Life in Technicolor" into "Cemeteries of London".
** "White Shadows" into "Fix You" on ''X&Y''.
* FollowTheLeader: As MitchBenn said, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsNqNbPraqI Everything sounds like Coldplay now]]".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: [[HoYay Chris and Jonny]]. The entire band, to a lesser extent.
* HeartBeatSoundtrack: At the end of "Don't Let It Break Your Heart".
* HiddenTrack: "The Escapist" on ''Viva la Vida'' and "Til Kingdom Come" on ''X&Y''.
** As well as "Life is for Living" on ''Parachutes''. ''Viva la Vida'' has a second one at the end of "Yes", titled "Chinese Sleep Chant".
** ''Ghost Stories'' has a [[PlayingWithATrope really weird]] example. The ninth track on the album's title is listed as "O," despite the fact that the first song that plays is actually titled "Fly On." "O" is, in fact, the hidden track that plays about five minutes after "Fly On" ends.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: The protagonist of "Viva la Vida" used to rule the world, now he sweeps the streets he used to own, looks back on his reign and laments his fate.
--> I used to roll the dice\\
Feel the fear in my enemies' eyes\\
Listen as the crowd would sing\\
"Now the old King is dead, long live the King!"\\
One minute I held the key\\
Next the walls were closed on me\\
And I discovered that my castles stand\\
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
* IndecipherableLyrics: The hidden track to "Yes", called "Chinese Sleep Chant".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Yes" (the first part) can easily be interpreted as this.
** The track "Another's Arms" off of ''Ghost Stories'' has some pretty sexual lyrics as well.
* KnifeThrowingAct: In the music video for "Magic", this is featured. In the extended edition of the video, Chris Martin's character is stabbed through the heart. Lucky for him, this is {{only a dream}}.
* LineOfSightName: Before the band became famous, Chris had a song in mind that began like this: "Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you/And all the things you do." Unfortunately, at the end of every few lines, he drew a blank where he felt some lyrics should go. While singing the unfinished song to a dart-playing Jonny Buckland, he noticed a copy of the Yellow Pages off to the side. You can probably figure out the rest from there.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Eighteen years and counting.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is about the narrator burning a building to the ground to try to get his lover back. Doubles as ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
** I thought of it more like [[ForrestGump Forrest demolishing the house Jenny grew up in.]]
--> ''I'm going to buy this place and see it burn''
--> ''Do back the things it did to you in return''
* LyricalDissonance:
** "42". At least, the jaunty part in the middle.
-->''You didn't get to heaven, but you made it close!''
** "Shiver". It's strongly implied that the song's protagonist is [[StalkerWithACrush following his love around]], trying to keep her from freaking out.
** And of course, "Viva la Vida" (the song, not the album). The lyrics are ''not'' as happy as the melody suggests.
** "Don't Panic". A gentle, lovely melody about the fact that people are slowly killing the world. The music video makes it a little more obvious.
* MeasuringTheMarigolds: "The Scientist".
* MythArc: ''Mylo Xyloto'' has one. See ConceptAlbum.
* NewSoundAlbum: From indie darlings to big arena rock band, and then from that to artsy-fartsy Middle Eastern strings and [[UncommonTime 7/4 time signatures]].
** ''Mylo Xyloto'' is a mashup of all of their older styles, ranging from catchy electronica ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kf_6BWcOOg "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall"]]) to ''Parachutes''-esque ballads ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjONy_4Bz08 "Us Against The World")]] to epic arena rock ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0U0KpuvUNw "Charlie Brown"]]).
** If [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeMxWjpr-Y "Midnight"]] is anything to go by, the upcoming sixth album will feature ambient, experimental music.
* {{Plagiarism}}: "Viva La Vida" alone got accused of plagiarizing:
** Creaky Boards - "[[{{Irony}} The Songs I Didn't Write]]"
** {{Joe Satriani}} - "If I Could Fly"
** Cat Stevens - "Foreigner Suites"
*** In the end all four songs were said to be similar to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - "Se tu m'ami"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cRCu1ofJDE Super Mario Brothers?]]
* ProtestSong: "Violet Hill", which also offers a bit of a TakeThat with the line "And a [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel fox]] became God".
* RecordProducer: They drafted in the godfather of ambient music and all-around awesome guy BrianEno for ''Viva La Vida''. It shows.
** Before, Music/SigurRos producer Ken Nelson co-produced the first two albums and four tracks of the third.
* RockOpera: ''Mylo Xyloto'' is one - the story of two people (Mylo and Xyloto) who are "living in an oppressive, dystopian urban environment" meeting and falling in love. And yes, it has a happy ending.
** ''Mylo Xyloto'' is less of a rock opera and more of a nuanced story, with some basic, traceable things throughout. It really doesn't live up to the "concept album" standard set by [[Music/PinkFloyd a certain English band]].
* RecurringRiff: In the beginning of "Life in Technicolor" and the entirety of "The Escapist" is the same series of notes.
* SelfParody:
** The music video for "Life in Technicolor II". It is a rock concert, complete with pyrotechnics. It's also a [[SubvertedKidsShow puppet show]].
** Chris Martin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfg8AgAdqaw guest role]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Extras}}'' Chris Martin appears to film a charity appeal video together with Andy, but the only thing he's interested in is promoting the 'Coldplay Greatest Hits Album'.
*** Additionally, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlvxYmBHYo an interview with Ricky Gervais]], Chris acts like the complete douchebag some people believe him to be.
** Chris and Jonny's appearance towards the end of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
** The aforementioned "Angst by Coldplay" advertisement...for such an earnest band, they like this trope a ''lot''.
* SillyLoveSongs: "A sky full of stars" and Magic are two examples-
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This is the key thing that distinguishes them from the musically similar Music/{{Radiohead}}. While Radiohead falls more on the "Cynical" side, Coldplay falls more on the "Idealistic" side. Thus, throughout their career, they have been branded a LighterAndSofter alternative to the mostly grim Radiohead.
* ShoutOut: From "1.36": "[[Music/TheSmiths How soon is now?]]/Yeah, how long is never?"
** At [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SyfRJdG3pA this]] performance of "Clocks" in Paris, around the 3:00 mark, Chris sings a snippet of "Madness", the then-most-recent single from {{Music/Muse}}.
** "Us Against the World" references the gospel hymn "When the Saints Go Marching In".
** Their song titled [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "42"]].
* SomethingAboutARose: The end of the music video for "Viva La Vida" ends with the four band members turning into rose petals.
* StudioChatter: A notable bit at the beginning of "Strawberry Swing".
** If you listen closely, you can hear some towards the beginning of the build-up into the distorted riff on "42".
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''A Rush of Blood to the Head''. Honorable mention to ''X&Y'', which is written [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code in a code]]. (the back card has the band and album name, still)
* TitleTrack: All before ''Ghost Stories'' had one - two in the case of ''Viva La Vida''.
* WordPureeTitle: ''Mylo Xyloto''.
* WordSaladLyrics: Most of their songs have vague-ish meanings, so when they want to get ''really'' cryptic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmej-clcqA4 this]] tends to happen.

-->[[color:white: Now I never meant to do you wrong, that's what I came here to say.]]
-->[[color:white: But if I was wrong then I'm sorry, I don't let it stand in our way.]]
-->[[color:white: As my head just aches when I think of, the things that I shouldn't have done.]]
-->[[color:white: But, [[HiddenTrack life is for living]], we all know, and I don't wanna live it alone.]]