Tear Jerker / Coldplay

This popular post-Britpop band can make people cry.
  • "Fix You" is a major one, and it's a good song for dedicating to one's offspring "who had a tough year"...
    • This song is especially poignant when you realize that Chris Martin's then current wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, had lost her father recently and the song was made for her.
  • "Warning Sign" from A Rush of Blood to the Head is another one, describing a broken relationship. The ending is especially heartbreaking. Also, making this worse is that according to a YouTube comment it was Paul Walker's favourite song.
  • As well as "The Scientist", depending on your mood. The video doesn't help much. It slowly makes the situation look worse and worse until it slaps you in the face.
  • "'Till Kingdom Come" can also make one tear up... partially because it was written for Johnny Cash to sing, but he died before he got the chance to record it.
    • Chris Martin's solo performance of the song at Beau Biden's funeral, an incredible rendition made a thousand times sadder by the unimaginably tragic circumstances.
  • Then there is "A Rush of Blood to the Head". It can remind one of the moment in Forrest Gump when Forrest mentions how he paid for Jenny's childhood home to be demolished.
    • Given its tone, it's not difficult to see the song as a crossing of the Despair Event Horizon. Which naturally leads into...
  • "Amsterdam" from A Rush of Blood to the Head. Holy crap.
    • Some of the lyrics get a lot heavier if you're someone in a depressive mood. Not helped by the fact that it immediately follows "A Rush of Blood to the Head" and is about someone attempting suicide (and, thankfully, failing due to external intervention).
      I swear I'm dead on the surface, but I'm screaming underneath...
    • This very recent and spontaneous live rendition tops the original version in every possible way, especially given the circumstances of the performance.note 
  • Be my mirror, my sword and shield, my missionaries in a foreign field/For some reason I can't explain, I know St. Peter won't call my name/Never an honest word: that was when I ruled the world.
  • Christmas Lights, especially during the Christmas season.
  • "Violet Hill" might be another one. Although, it might also be a good song to play when you really really want to hit someone — but you know it's not a good idea.
  • "What If"
  • "Don't Panic," as well. It forlornly tells the story of the world ending, and the sadness is driven home with the bitterly sarcastic chorus ("we live in a beautiful world") and the ending ("everybody here's got somebody to lean on").
  • "Trouble". Just try listening to it. Just try.
  • "Sparks", but maybe for the reason that it sounds comforting to cry to, rather than provoking any tears.
  • "We Never Change". The idealistic lyrics are sadder than sad.
  • New song "Us Against The World". Parachutes-style acoustics + desperate, yet hopeful lyrics + beautiful vocal harmonies near the end = Manly Tears.
  • "Moving To Mars". "We won't see the earth again..."
  • "Yellow" can range from being a pretty depressing song to possibly being the happiest song you've ever heard, depending on who you are and how you interpret it.
  • "Lovers in Japan", every time. "One day the sun will come out".
  • “Ladder to the Sun” is pretty sad no matter how you look at it, ranging from lost/unrequited love, to being left behind after you loved one has passed on. Almost never fails to elicit all of my feels.
    • The fact that we'll probably never see a studio version of this track is cause for sadness as well
  • "Up in Flames" is devastating. Especially when Chris sings the last line.
  • "Paradise" in the heartwarming sense...
    • It can also be read in a heartbreaking sense, as well. The lyrics seem to refer to the disappointment we all feel when our childhood dreams end up never coming true, and how we rely on fantasy to escape from the depressing mundanity of our lives.
  • Their tribute to the Beastie Boys. The first time they covered "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)" was a light-hearted get-well-soon tribute, but when they covered it after Adam "MCA" Yauch's death, they managed to turn it into a heartbreaking performance. Even those who feel that a party song performed as a piano ballad is silly feel it's a sweet tribute.
    I said Mom you're just jealous, it's the Beastie Boys
    I said Mom you're just jealous, it's the Beastie Boys
    And so we're sending all our love to the Beastie Boys
    • They gave a similar tribute to the late Gene Wilder less than a day after it was announced that he had passed, when Chris ad libbed a couple of bars of "Pure Imagination" at the end of one performance of "The Scientist."
  • The warm, soothing beginning of "Life in Technicolor".
  • "Viva La Vida" tells the story of a man who overthrew a corrupt king and took his place. He had money, power, and an admiring kingdom, but he soon became corrupt just like the first king. Upon realizing how far he had fallen, he became disillusioned with his position of power and allowed himself to be removed from the throne and [assumedly] spent the rest of his days looking back on his reign and laments his fate.
    • There is a reason it's often treated as a theme song for Code Geass.
  • The whole of "Politik", with its soft mournful mood and bleak ending. Of course it was used as an ending song on Cold Case.
  • Pretty much the entire Ghost Stories album is a massive tear jerker, considering it's a concept album about a breakup and was released a month or two after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's divorce. But to be specific:
    • "True Love". The fact that Chris sounds as if he's on the verge of tears makes it even more of a tear jerker.
    • "Another's Arms". The plainly spoken heartbreak sells it even further.
    • "Oceans". Nuff said.
    • "Fly On" was supposedly written as a tribute to Chris Martin's children. Keep that in mind when you think about how the rest of the album centers around the dissolving of his relationship with Gwenth Paltrow.
    • Then you get to the hidden track "O", an absolutely spine-chilling ambient piece that actually features Apple Martin, Chris' daughter, on lead vocals.
  • "I Ran Away", a relatively well-known b-side to "The Scientist" about neglect. It's especially devastating when the whole song just explodes at the end.
  • Another one is "Gravity", a b-side to "Talk" that was eventually given to Embrace. However, that band cannot even come close to capturing the haunting, raw emotion expressed in Coldplay's more stripped-down version. It's especially painful when Chris sings the second verse.
    I can hear your heart beating
    I can hear that sound
    And I can't help thinking
    And I won't look now
  • More recently, there's "Wish I Was Here" from the film of the same name, featuring Cat Power on lead vocals. Just a point of advice, try not to listen to this song if you feel like you don't belong where you currently are. You just might bawl your eyes out.
    Every road that's wrong seems like the road i'm on
    Every sign just seems unclear
    Won't you come switch me on? Don't know where i've gone
    And I... I wish I was here
  • "Amazing Day" from A Head Full of Dreams can count as this in either a sad or heartwarming sense, depending on your perspective of the song.
    • "Everglow" also qualifies, especially considering that it's one of the more heavily poetic songs off the album.
    • "Fun" might be about Chris' disappointingly brief relationship with Jennifer Lawrence, which was supposedly interrupted by Gwenth Paltrow. Even with Tove Lo being featured on the track it's still hard to listen to.
    • "Kaleidoscope". If the sheer beauty of the instrumentation and spoken word won't get you, the sample of Barack Obama singing "Amazing Grace" at the end just might.
      "This being human is a guest house. Every morning, a new arrival: a joy, a depression, a meanness. Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a god."
    • "Up&Up" can probably bring Tears of Joy with its chorus alone.
  • Their version of "Gravity", which only exists as a B-Side, is a sad one, more so the original version by Embrace.