COLDPLAY'S BIGGEST HITS IN AUSTRALIA

COLDPLAY'S BIGGEST HITS IN AUSTRALIA

February 26, 2020

Coldplay have today released a brand new video for "Champion Of The World" from their album, Everyday Life - which soared to the top of the ARIA Chart on its release in November 2019. Let's take a look at the new video and then dive into Coldplay's biggest hits over the years.

Since their breakthrough in Australia in 2001, Coldplay have become one of the most consistently successful bands of the past two decades. Six of their eight studio albums have peaked at number 1, including last November’s Everyday Life, while the other two reached number 2. On the singles front, not all their best-known songs were big chart hits – you won’t find “Clocks” or “Don’t Panic” on this list – but they have managed eight top 10s. And here they are…

8. "Speed Of Sound”

Released: 2005 

Peak: number 9

Their biggest hit since “Yellow” and their first to debut straight in the ARIA top 10, “Speed Of Sound” was the lead single from third album X&Y. The band have revealed Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” provided inspiration for the sound of the BRIT Award-winning track, which Coldplay have shied away from performing live in recent years due to Chris Martin’s dislike for it.

7. “Violet Hill”

Released: 2008

Peak: number 9

By 2008, new music from Coldplay was a major event, so much so that over two million people downloaded this lead single from Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends free of charge from Coldplay’s website in the week before it went on sale. The giveaway didn’t prevent the protest song, which was partly inspired by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, from making a strong showing on the sales chart, climbing to its peak position in the same week that follow-up “Viva La Vida” crashed in at number 6.

6. "Magic”

Released: 2014 

Peak: number 5

On the inspiration for this lead single from sixth album Ghost Stories, Chris Martin, who split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014, told DJ Zane Lowe, "It's not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone, it's more nuanced than that… It's just saying ultimately there is magic between two people no matter what anyone else thinks." The song received acclaim for its minimalistic feel.

5. "Yellow”

Released: 2000 

Peak: number 5

It took six months for Coldplay’s breakthrough hit to do in Australia what it had done in the UK, which was to give the band their first top 5 hit (although it peaked one place higher in Britain). The second single from Parachutes, “Yellow” was accompanied by the memorable video featuring a continuous shot of Chris walking alone along a beach, which was shot at double speed and slowed down. The rest of the band were meant to appear in the video, but the shoot was due to take place on the day of drummer Will Champion’s mother’s funeral and it was decided that Chris would go to film it by himself. 

4. "Paradise”

Released: 2011 

Peak: number 3

The first single from fifth album Mylo Xyloto, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, had peaked at a disappointing number 14, and it initially looked as if follow-up “Paradise” might perform even worse, dropping out of the top 50 after just three weeks having got no further than number 37 in early October 2011. But the song bounced back and began to build, reaching number 3 by mid-January 2012, aided by its use in Channel 7’s high rotation promos for brand new drama series Revenge over the summer.

3. "A Sky Full Of Stars”

Released: 2014 

Peak: number 2

Everyone else was going EDM, so why not Coldplay? The band worked on this third single from Ghost Stories with the late Avicii, who co-wrote and co-produced it, and played piano on the track. The single was also notable for having its music video filmed on King St in Sydney’s Newtown.

2. "Something Just Like This” (with The Chainsmokers)

Released: 2017 

Peak: number 2

Coldplay obviously got a taste for EDM, working with US duo The Chainsmokers on this 2017 single, which was debuted with a performance by both acts at that year’s BRIT Awards. The song came together when the pair met with Chris Martin for the first time, with the singer freestyling over the chords for an hour in the studio.

1. "Viva La Vida”

Released: 2008 

Peak: number 2

Released a few weeks after “Violet Hill”, the almost title track of Coldplay’s fourth album became their first of three number 2 hits and remained in the top 50 for 41 non-consecutive weeks. Taking its title from a painting by Frida Kahlo, the song was part of a shift by the band into new musical directions after their first three albums and went through several versions before the final released song was settled upon.    

 

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