🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Coldplay

Deftones get a decent score

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Doors 2.89
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

And now, let’s see how this one goes, it’s Coldplay!

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  • Parachutes
  • A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  • X&Y
  • Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
  • Mylo Xyloto
  • Ghost Stories
  • A Head Full Of Dreams
  • Everyday Life

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A lot of singles, some exist, some may not

  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Shiver
  • Yellow
  • Trouble
  • Don’t Panic
  • In My Place
  • The Scientist
  • Clocks
  • God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  • Speed Of Sound
  • Fix You
  • Talk
  • Violet Hill
  • Viva La Vida
  • Lovers In Japan
  • Lost!
  • Life In Technicolor II
  • Strawberry Swing
  • Christmas Lights
  • Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
  • Paradise
  • Charlie Brown
  • Princess Of China
  • Hurts Like Heaven
  • Atlas
  • Magic
  • Midnight
  • A Sky Full Of Stars
  • True Love
  • Ink
  • Miracles
  • Adventure Of A Lifetime
  • Hymn For The Weekend
  • Up & Up
  • A Head Full Of Dreams
  • Everglow
  • Something Just Like This
  • Miracles (Someone Special)
  • Orphans
  • Champion Of The World

0 voters

Easy 1. None of this “but their earlier albums were…” pish either. Nah. They’re boring dreck, always have been, music for people who don’t really like music.


Don’t be an Epimer, Epimer.


Parachutes is good.
A Rush Of Blood is great.
I’ll always have a soft spot for Viva La Vida.
Rest is absolute horse shit. Hugely disappointing because once there was a decent band there trying to get out. I kept trying for a bit but actively couldn’t tell you anything they’ve done in the last six or seven years.

Chris Martin becoming all Hollywood strangled anything interesting about them.

Having said all that we’ve done tons of bands who’ve never made 3 good albums and that gets forgotten now, so for the early years they are worth a 2-3.

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1/5 Parachutes is fine, Rush Of Blood To The Head is fine, apart from the tracks Square One (very 2005) and Violet Hill, which I weirdly like, the rest can fuck off.

Forgot about Frank Ocean doing this which is always pleasing to the ears

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still got a lot of time for the first two albums, much preferred them when they were trying to rip off jeff buckley

given how badly they tanked after that it’s probably got to be a 3/5 at a push

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Yep, always love this when I remember it.
Strawberry Swing is great tbf, but always just makes me reach for Nostalgia / Ultra.

Must be time for Frank soon on here right?!


No good reason not to give them a 1.

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never really listened

Parachutes a 2/5, second album 3/5, going to round the average up to vote a 3.

Didn’t realise they had so many other albums but from the way the album poll is going looks like checking out after album 2 was the right call.

1/5. I have no further commentary.

@anon19035908 can you see if my vote registered? It doesn’t seem to have done

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Trying to give them a 4 anyway as I would rather listen to them then half the bands on the list


Yeah it has, polls seem to be all fucked up at the moment.

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Ah great, cheers

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Feels like of all the bands on the list, Coldplay are the ones we’ve had most HGATResque threads about already over the years.

Definite 3. Parachutes and A Rush of Blood both have genuinely great moments, and Viva La Vida’s really good. X&Y is patchier, but has some moments. They seem like they’d be quite fun live too, if you can get over Chris Martin being very Chris Martin.

They’ll do terribly, but not sure I can give them more than a 3 cos there’s a lot of dross and even their good albums have weak moments.

Brilliant melodicist, shonky-to-awful lyricist. More giant singles than you can shake a stick at, couple of very good records which is a fuck sight better than most. Much prefer the dayglo newer stuff, the shine on something like ‘magic’ is so slick which is my bag for stuff like this. This doesn’t count for anything that sounds a bit ‘chain smokers’ like sky full of starts or actually is them like whatever that mess was. Actively hate that sound on them.

Really weird frontman. Realllly weird.

Ridiculous Live. I like big shows so this is a good thing.

Top 5

Strawberry Swing
Hurts Like Heaven
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
All I Can Think About Is You


They’re somewhere between a 2.5 and a 3. I’ve gone 3 because I know there will be enough 1s to bring them down.

Ive always thought you could predict what the new coldplay album would sound like by listening to music from 3 years before it was recorded. Whether that’s true or not they have always been a staggeringly unoriginal band. Rush of blood is great though.