Throughout their career, Coldplay have suffered an unfair reputation as a critics’ punching bag, similar to that of U2. Just like Bono and co, they sell millions of records, pack out stadiums around the world and top the charts in many different countries, yet nobody ever seems to admit to liking them. Quite how and when that all started is a bit unclear, but it does a huge disservice to the range of their artistry. Bands simply don’t get to be as big as Coldplay are, for as long as they have been, by just staying the same. In an attempt to redress the balance, here’s a countdown of the 20 best Coldplay songs. Expect festival favourites, radio staples, deep cuts and a handful of rarities, all of which demonstrate the broad basis of the band’s enduring appeal.
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20: A Sky Full Of Stars (from ‘Ghost Stories’, 2014)
Produced by the late EDM superstar Avicii, A Sky Full Of Stars represented a moment of peace and resolution amid the emotional turmoil of Ghost Stories, an album themed around Chris Martin’s divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow. It also established itself as one of the best latter-day Coldplay singles and a festival crowd-pleaser.