Coldplay Discography

Major Releases by Rock Band Coldplay

Coldplay emerged from the late 90's Britpop scene to become one of the world's most revered rock bands. They have been compared to other top rock bands like U2.

The Safety (EP) - 1998

Coldplay - Safety EP
Coldplay - Safety EP. Courtesy Coldplay
This first EP released on the Fierce Panda label is notable primarily for the fact that it was the band's first release. Only 500 copies were pressed.

Blue Room (EP) - 1999

Coldplay - Blue Room
Coldplay - Blue Room. Courtesy EMI
This is Coldplay's first major label release and includes the epic song "Such a Rush."

Parachutes - 2000

Coldplay - Parachutes
Coldplay - Parachutes. Courtesy EMI
The first full-length album by the group became a worldwide smash. It introduced fans to the band's unique brand of sweeping, melodic rock. In the U.S., although the album only reached #51 on the chart, its lead single "Yellow" accomplished the unusual feat of being a major hit on both the modern rock and adult top 40 charts. Eventually, the album earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance.

A Rush of Blood to the Head - 2002

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head. Courtesy EMI
By the end of Coldplay's tour in support of Parachutes, the music press carried rumors that the band would split up, but their second album proved the skeptics wrong. The album not only proved the first album was not a fluke, but also garnered a huge number of new fans. The song "Clocks," heard across the media spectrum in the U.S., became a top 40 hit on the pop charts, in dance clubs, and on modern rock radio. The album peaked at #5 in the U.S. and established Coldplay as one of the world's top bands.

Live - 2003

Coldplay Live 2003
Coldplay - Live 2003. Courtesy Parlophone

This live set includes a DVD and a CD. It was a top 15 hit for Coldplay on the US album chart.

X&Y - 2005

Coldplay - X and Y
Coldplay - X and Y. Courtesy EMI
Defying renewed rumors of a band breakup, and in the wake of the publicity swirling around lead vocalist Chris Martin's marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the band's third album found them in fine form. Press comparisons to U2 among the rock elite became commonplace.

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - 2008

Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Coldplay - Viva La Vida. Courtesy Capitol Records

Coldplay went into the studio with legendary producer Brian Eno to record their fourth studio album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. It was released in June 2008 to strong critical praise. Globally it was the bestselling album of 2008 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends hit #1 and was certified double platinum in the US. It includes the #1 hit single "Viva La Vida" which won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Prospekt's March - 2008

Coldplay - Prospekt's March
Coldplay - Prospekt's March. Courtesy Capitol

Prospekt's March is an EP collection of tracks left over from the studio sessions that produced Coldplay's album Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends. It met with muted commercial success. However, the song "Life In Technicolor II" was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Short Form Video.

Mylo Xyloto - 2011

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto. Courtesy Capitol

Coldplay's fifth studio album is loosely a concept album about a war against sound and color. The group worked closely with producer Brian Eno once again. Mylo Xyloto hit #1 on album charts in more than 30 countries around the world and debuted at the top of the album chart in both the US and UK. Music from the album earned the band five Grammy Award nominations. The single "Paradise" reached #1 on the UK pop singles chart and was certified platinum for sales in the US.

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Ghost Stories - 2014

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Coldplay - Ghost Stories. Courtesy Atlantic

Ghost Stories is one of Coldplay's most muted studio albums as it explores the emotions experienced in a romantic breakup. The album was inspired by lead vocalist Chris Martin's crumbling marriage with Gwyneth Paltrow. Release of the collection was preceded by the three singles "Midnight," "Magic," and "A Sky Full Of Stars."

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Head Full of Dreams - 2015

Coldplay Head Full of Dreams
Coldplay - Head Full of Dreams. Courtesy Atlantic

After the downbeat Ghost Stories, Coldplay open up to a big pop sound on Head Full of Dreams courtesy the production team Stargate and a raft of collaborators including Beyonce and Tove Lo among others. The lead single "Adventure Of a Lifetime" instantly climbed into the top 20 at alternative and adult pop radio.