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post Nov 29 2018, 10:11 PM
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Coldplay’s Official Top 20 biggest songs on the UK's Official Chart
29 November 2018 | By Jack White

They've had plenty of big ones, but these are officially the biggest of the lot...

Coldplay have been a dominant force on the Official Charts for nearly two decades, and now they're releasing music under a new name.

The Chris Martin-fronted group's new alter-egos Los Unidades can be heard on the Global Citizen charity EP, which sees them collaborate with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Stormzy, David Guetta and Stargate.

Back to Coldplay, they've topped the Official Albums Chart seven times (ALL of their studio albums have peaked at Number 1), but what about the singles? As any rock band will tell you, it's all about the songs, man. They’ve scored 23 Top 40 hits, including 18 Top 10s in the process, two of which were chart-toppers. You can check out all of Coldplay's singles and albums and where they charted here. But which of their big ones come out on top when sales and streams are combined?

1: Something Just Like This
Coldplay's collaboration with The Chainsmokers is the band's biggest track of all-time when we look at all forms of music consumption (1.45 million combined sales). 114 million audio streams and an impressive 300k downloads put Something Just Like This at the top of the tree. The song catapulted to Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart following a performance at the 2017 BRIT Awards.

2: Viva La Vida (2008)
The band’s first Number 1 was a long time coming – after nine Top 10s, the guys were definitely due a chart-topper. The follow-up to Violet Hill, the titular track from the band’s fourth studio album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, has combined sales of 1.44 million, split between 880,000 sales and 57 million streams.See the full Top 100 from the week Viva La Vida was Number 1.

3: Paradise (2011)
There’s nothing quite like a slow-burner on the Official Singles Chart, and Paradise certainly took its sweet time. The group’s second chart-topper, it finally reached Number 1 on its tenth week in the chart, knocking off Military Wives and Gareth Malone's Wherever You Are. to be the first Number 1 of 2012.

Paradise has sold over one million in pure sales (Coldplay's only million seller) and has been streamed 37.8 million times.

5: Fix You (2005)
One of the band’s signature ballads, Fix You was written by front-man Chris Martin for his then-wife Gwyneth Paltrow following the her father's death. Their ‘conscious uncoupling’ would follow nine years later, but the song is still a huge crowd-pleaser - it peaked at Number 4 and has achieved 1.24 million combined sales.

7: Yellow (2000)
So here's where it all began, with their very first Top 10. Coldplay’s breakthrough hit went straight in at Number 4 and was taken from their debut album Parachutes, which has sold over 2.6 million copies. The track has shifted 1.07 million combined sales to date, including 583,000 pure sales and 49 million streams.

10: Princess Of China (2012)
Rihanna isn't shy of collaborating, and this unlikely one with Coldplay was a Top 5 hit in 2011. Both performed the track at closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, helping it reach Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart. It's combined sales stand at 798k.

Coldplay’s Official Top 20 Biggest Singles*
POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR COMBINED SALES
1 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY 2 2017 1.45M
2 VIVA LA VIDA COLDPLAY 1 2008 1.44M
3 PARADISE COLDPLAY 1 2011 1.38M
4 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND COLDPLAY 6 2015 1.35M
5 FIX YOU COLDPLAY 4 2005 1.24M
6 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME COLDPLAY 7 2015 1.22M
7 YELLOW COLDPLAY 4 2004 1.07M
8 A SKY FULL OF STARS COLDPLAY 9 2014 1.04M
9 THE SCIENTIST COLDPLAY 10 2004 902K
10 PRINCESS OF CHINA COLDPLAY & RIHANNA 4 2011 798K
11 MAGIC COLDPLAY 10 2014 709K
12 CLOCKS COLDPLAY 9 2004 541K
13 EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL COLDPLAY 6 2011 484K
14 EVERGLOW COLDPLAY 52 2015 429K
15 SPEED OF SOUND COLDPLAY 2 2005 348K
16 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COLDPLAY 13 2011 344K
17 CHARLIE BROWN COLDPLAY 22 2013 324K
18 TROUBLE COLDPLAY 10 2009 301K
19 IN MY PLACE COLDPLAY 2 2004 292K
20 VIOLET HILL COLDPLAY 8 2008 264K

©2018 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
*This chart is based on physical, download, audio and video streaming equivalent sales combined.
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post Nov 29 2018, 10:16 PM
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What a terrible track to be no1 Coldplay seller!

Christmas Lights to move up a spot by next month!
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post Nov 29 2018, 10:18 PM
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'Something Just Like This' being #1 here is deeply depressing. Literally the worst song they've been involved with.
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I imagine Fix You/Christmas Lights is the biggest annual seller!
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post Nov 29 2018, 10:23 PM
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They badly need to release a Greatest Hits CD soon. It's well overdue.
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As much as I love Something Just Like This it’s a shame to see it as their best seller.

Great to see good sales for Fix You! By far my favourite track they’ve done!
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QUOTE(Crazy Chris @ Nov 29 2018, 10:23 PM) *
They badly need to release a Greatest Hits CD soon. It's well overdue.


Just do what everyone else does and make a Spotify playlist of their hits!
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QUOTE(Brr @ Nov 29 2018, 10:18 PM) *
'Something Just Like This' being #1 here is deeply depressing. Literally the worst song they've been involved with.


Quite. I mean it's OK, but that's just insulting with a discography that flawless. Viva La Vida's fairly close and will definitely age better so hopefully that takes over soon. Never been much of a fan of Hymn for the Weekend either sad.gif

I always thought Fix You was higher than that, but I guess their two number 1s were big sellers, wonder if it will pass them eventually.

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no way is SJLT their 'biggest' song!! 'Everglow' above 'Speed Of Sound' is madness too.

I expect in time 'Viva La Vida', 'Paradise' and 'Fix You' will re-overtake... very pleasing sales for VLV and FY considering when they were released anyhow. great to see sales for the whole top 20 too.
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You have to laugh don't you!

Hadn't realised "Everglow" had been creeping up so high, though, atypical of the era we're now in. Stunning song, love the single version so much wub.gif One of my all time Coldplay favourites.
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SJLT is a banger, very happy to see it up top. I actually prefer Coldplay's more recent releases, I love Hymn for the the Weekend, Adventure of a Lifetime and A Sky Full of Stars.
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QUOTE(gavindeejay @ Nov 29 2018, 10:24 PM) *
Just do what everyone else does and make a Spotify playlist of their hits!


I would buy the greatest hits physically - just for the cover art etc.
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Being a million seller has lost all meaning and prestige. Coldplay having their top 8 singles as million sellers just makes me laugh. In 10 years most popular artists top 5 minimum songs will be million sellers.
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QUOTE(Rosemary 🔪 @ Nov 29 2018, 10:53 PM) *
You have to laugh don't you!

Hadn't realised "Everglow" had been creeping up so high, though, atypical of the era we're now in. Stunning song, love the single version so much wub.gif One of my all time Coldplay favourites.


Yeh Everglow is class, wish it was the opening single of that era!
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Obviously songs released in the 2003-08 era will have sold less due to the changes in consumption at that time!
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QUOTE(Crazy Chris @ Nov 30 2018, 06:23 AM) *
They badly need to release a Greatest Hits CD soon. It's well overdue.


No i'm disagree, if Greatest Hits CD will come out, their all studio album sales will drop.
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QUOTE(Rosemary 🔪 @ Nov 30 2018, 06:53 AM) *
You have to laugh don't you!

Hadn't realised "Everglow" had been creeping up so high, though, atypical of the era we're now in. Stunning song, love the single version so much wub.gif One of my all time Coldplay favourites.


Everglow was released by 5th official single from A Head Full of Dreams. But they didn't promote enough.
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Nov 30 2018, 08:01 AM) *
Obviously songs released in the 2003-08 era will have sold less due to the changes in consumption at that time!


yes you're right. Additionally , Coldplay can't promote their pre-2011 singles. Coldplay is album oriented artist at very beginning. Only Yellow, Scientist,Fix You are stayed timeless.
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QUOTE(Brr @ Nov 30 2018, 06:18 AM) *
'Something Just Like This' being #1 here is deeply depressing. Literally the worst song they've been involved with.



Stop hating please, until Something Just Like This Coldplay didn't produce massive hit song. The Chainsmokers are helped them well. Maybe 'SJLT' is only widely known Coldplay song. This is not bad.
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Everglow is very high! Very happy though, my favourite song from AHFOD and in my all time top 3 Coldplay songs too probably! I like the single version but the album version is still so much better tbh wub.gif Up&Up is fab too, a great album
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