YMMV / Coldplay

  • Awesome Music: See their page.
  • Broken Base:
    • Viva la Vida. While most loved it, there was a sizeable minority who detested the "pretentious" direction and wanted a return to the old simple, poppy style.
  • Contested Sequel: Mylo Xyloto. So far, fans have either fallen in love with the new, poppier direction or lambasted Coldplay for "going mainstream."
  • Counterpart Comparison: They're often compared unfavorably to Radiohead by music buffs, though plenty think they have their own sound.
  • Crazy Awesome: Chris Martin in live performances. Talk about charisma on two legs.
  • Dream Team: They have worked with Kylie Minogue and Rihanna, and more recently, The Chainsmokers and Beyoncé.
  • Even Better Sequel: A Rush of Blood to the Head in comparison to its predecessor Parachutes.
  • Epic Riff: Quite a few.
    • "Clocks", "Viva La Vida", "Talk", "Yellow", "The Scientist", and "Charlie Brown" (the latter even before its album was released!).
    • And "Violet Hill"!
    • "Paradise".
    • "Life in Technicolor" has one of these, notable for being one of the few epic dulcimer riffs.
    • "Strawberry Swing".
    • "Adventure of a Lifetime" for sure.
    • Just when you think "Up&Up" is going to be a slow tune, the guitar solo starts...
  • Ear Worm:
    • "I used to RULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE the world..."
    • The opening keyboard bars in "Clocks" qualify too.
    • "Birds go flying at the speed of sound, to show you how it all began..."
    • "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall".
    • "Charlie Brown".
    • PARADISE. It's a Daft Punk level Ear Worm. No, maybe a little bit higher.
    • "AAH! OAAH! OAAH! I'm feeling drunk and high, SO HIGH, SO HIGH!"
  • Face of the Band: Chris Martin, to the extent that people sometimes call him "Coldplay." And it's easy to see why. A lot of people think Coldplay is a pretty cool guy.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Putting aside the seemingly endless one with Radiohead, the fanbase apparently also has one with Mogwai of all bands after one of their members called Chris Martin a "fuckface".
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fanon draws its own lines. For fans of their more alt-rock area, they never released anything after A Rush of Blood to the Head. Some add X&Y and Viva la Vida to this list. Others hate their earlier work and claim their first album was Mylo Xyloto.
    • Or, for the most basic fan, their only songs are "Yellow", "Clocks" and "Viva la Vida". If they're a little more seasoned, add "Speed of Sound", "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall", and "A Sky Full of Stars".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Paradise" is this in Australia due to its use in promotion in relation to the show Revenge.
  • Growing the Beard: Many critics and general music fans only started to like the band after Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and in particular the release of the single "Violet Hill". More so with Mylo Xyloto!
  • Ho Yay:
  • Internet Backdraft: "Princess of China". These three words will set off a bitch-fight for pages. It's either too mainstream for Coldplay fans, too weird for Rihanna fans, or it's blasted for not using exclusively Chinese elements in its video. Those who actually like the song and think the video is well-done are quickly drowned out and accused of not knowing "real" music.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: This band is one of the most unfortunate victims of this. The 40-Year-Old Virgin may be at least partly to blame.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: This was the main complaint critics had with X&Y: that the songs were too similar to those on the preceding A Rush of Blood to the Head. Of course, when the band decided to change up their style on the following album...
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: Some fan's reaction to "Parachutes" off of Parachutes, considering the song is only 46 seconds long.
  • Narm: From a certain perspective, the video for "The Scientist" if viewed forwards. A man crashes a car, which accidentally kills his girlfriend... and then has fun in the forest and goes to bed. In the middle of a sidewalk. Even Chris says it's stupid.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • "Major Minus" off of Mylo Xyloto. Justified, since the titular character is pretty much Big Brother.
    • The song "Spies" is about a man who is extremely paranoid spies are watching everyone.
  • Sampled Up:
    • The riff in "Talk" (you know the one) is adapted (with permission) from the riff of "Computer Love" by electronic band Kraftwerk.
    • Chris Martin has admitted that "Fix You" was inspired by the Elbow song "Grace Under Pressure".
  • Sequel Displacement: Their first album is not their most popular.
  • Signature Song: "Clocks" or "Viva La Vida" are the frontrunners. The runners-up are "Yellow", "The Scientist", "Speed of Sound", "Fix You", "Paradise", and "A Sky Full of Stars".
  • Snark Bait: Somewhere along the way, Coldplay became synonymous with "toothless White-people music."
    • The website Rate Your Music in particular has made them a running joke of bands "selling out". Ironic considering the website highly praises albums up until Mylo Xyloto.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The drums and main guitar lick of "In My Place" bear a rather striking resemblance to Ride's "Dreams Burn Down".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • "Sparks" is probably one of the softest songs they've ever done.
    • "Midnight" and "O" are full-on ambient pieces, with the latter having Chris' kids on lead vocals that are reverberated densely to give off the effect that they're ghosts.
    • "Fly On", a somber yet touching piano ballad.
    • "Don't Panic" is really sweet sounding.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
  • Wangst: They're often accused of this... for some reason.


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