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Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars, Super Bowl, music, video, band

Will Coldplay Perform Any of Their BEST Songs at Super Bowl 50?

Coldplay are about to take to the Super Bowl halftime show on February 7. If the past few years are any indication, expect a mind-blowing visual treat as the band brings out high-profile guest stars to help them run through their impressive catalogue of hits.

The setlist is a secret, but Coldplay will almost certainly stick to the hits, plus at least one song off their latest album A Head Full of Dreams. But which songs should Coldplay perform? We’re going to take a look at the 10 best Coldplay songs, spanning their entire career. And we’ll also rank how likely Coldplay is to perform each song during their set. Hut, hut, hike!

 

“Yellow”

“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…” Has there ever been a more romantic sentiment? For some, Coldplay’s first mainstream single, “Yellow,” remains their best. However, the song also has its high-profile detractors: Alan McGee, of Creation Records, labeled the band “music to wet your bed to,”  after hearing the song. Even Apple-God, Steve Jobs, called the song “shit” when he first heard it. However, the unrequited love song struck a chord with millions, launching Coldplay into our homes and hearts.

Chance of being played at the big game

A full certainty. It’s one of their signature songs, and unlike pretentious bands that refuse to play their hits, Coldplay are more than happy to oblige, playing the song on virtually all of their tours.

 

“The Scientist”

Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head was their great leap forward, both in terms of quality and commercial appeal. The elegiac “Clocks” was the Grammy-winning pop hit, but weepy-ballad, “The Scientist” is the album’s high-watermark. Inspired by a George Harrison song, “The Scientist” is a beautiful piano ballad, punctuated by Chris Martin’s soaring falsetto. And the backwards-running music video was a devastating tear-jerker.

Chance of being played at the big game

So-so. The song is definitely a fan favorite, but it’s maudlin mood might not be appropriate for the big game. “Clocks” will surely be played, though.

 

 

“White Shadows”

From the opening organ-like synth, “White Shadows” immediately announces itself as something completely different from their previous works. The song is lush and layered, and it propels forward like a rocket shooting off into space, as Martin cryptically sings, “Little white shadows, sparkle and glisten.” Additionally, the song sounds amazing when you’re stoned. It was only released as a single in Mexico (crawling to number 87 on their charts), making it one of Coldplay’s underrated gems.

Chance of being played at the big game

Virtually nonexistent. While it would be a perfect sonic fit, the lack of familiarity coupled with how old the song is, dooms its chances.

 

 

“Talk”

Riding a brilliant Kraftwerk-sample, the third single from X&Y fuses early electronic music with British guitars; the song sounds cold and lonely, but there’s a comforting warmth in the vaguely-uplifting lyrics. The Anton-Corbijn-directed, robot-from-outer-space music video is one of their most memorable.

Chance of being played at the big game

Unlikely. Bassist, Guy Berryman, dislikes the song, so it is rarely played live these days.

 

“Violet Hill”

 Coldplay promoted the release of their fourth album by releasing “Violet Hill” as a free download on their website. Over two million people downloaded the song. And for good reason: while the pounding piano was reminiscent of their own “Politik,” the politically-charged “Violet Hill” snarls with a vitriolic rage more reminiscent of an Oasis or John Lennon song.

Chance of being played at the big game

Not going to happen. It’s too angry to be played at a football game, although follow-up single, “Viva la Vida” is virtually a lock.

 

 

“Lovers in Japan”

Built around a self-made tack piano beat, “Lovers in Japan” is one of Coldplay’s most upbeat songs. With knowing nods to Far Eastern instrumentation, the song perfectly marries buoyant optimism (“One day, the sun will come out”) with EDM’s template of explosive euphoria. But it’s best enjoyed in tandem with its paper-butterfly-twirling music video, a sight that, once seen, becomes inextricable from its lyrics.

Chance of being played at the big game

The sound and vibe are right, but surprisingly, “Lovers in Japan” was not a hit; consider it a wildcard.

 

“Strawberry Swing”

Borrowing slightly from tribal African music, “Strawberry Swing” is a simple, airy song, perfect for soundtracking idyllic lazy Sundays in a hammock. How chill is the song? The British Academy of Sound Therapy named it the fifth most “psychologically relaxing” song ever.

Chance of being played at the big game

Probably not. It might be too chill for football fans, although it would make for a great closing song to a triumphant set.

 

 

“Charlie Brown”

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album was a messy, beautiful technicolor explosion; no song exemplified that better than “Charlie Brown.” Like “Lovers in Japan,” the song is a jolt of energy, although this time there’s a dark undercurrent, as Martin searches for redemption in all the wrong places (”took a car downtown where the lost boys meet”).

Chance of being played at the big game

A possibility. The hypnotizing light-up bracelet effect that Coldplay utilize when they play this song live makes it an ideal candidate, although “Paradise” was a much bigger hit from that album.

 

 

“A Sky Full of Stars”

Most of Coldplay’s sixth album, Ghost Stories, was a surprisingly somber and staid affair. The one notable exception was “A Sky Full of Stars.” Co-written and co-produced by EDM king, Avicii, the song perfectly triangulates piano, dance-y beats, and Martin’s soaring vocals into an auditory orgasm.

Chance of being played at the big game

Extremely likely. It was their last US top ten hit, and the visual of a million stars projected onto Levi Stadium would work wonders.

“Up&Up”

Coldplay ended their latest studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, with this uplifting, almost hymnal track. Britpop legend, Noel Gallagher, provides the searing guitar, but it’s the layered, choir-backed chorus that shines brightest here. Coldplay have suggested that this is their last album; if that’s the case, they’re going out on a high note, here.

Chance of being played at the big game

Iffy. The track is not currently a single, and Beyonce is already confirmed to appear with the band, so “Hymn For the Weekend” is much more likely.