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.
- 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 "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.
- "Amsterdam", from A Rush of Blood to the Head. Holy crap.
- 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.
- "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
- "Paradise" in the heartwarming sense...
- 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.
I said Mom you're just jealous, it's the Beastie BoysI said Mom you're just jealous, it's the Beastie BoysAnd so we're sending all our love to the Beastie Boys
- 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. 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:
"Don't ever let go.."
- "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 beatingI can hear that soundAnd I can't help thinkingAnd 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 onEvery sign just seems unclearWon't you come switch me on? Don't know where i've goneAnd I... I wish I was here