To celebrate Coldplay’s announcement of their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams, we thought this might be a good time to look back on all the wonderful music they have brought us so far. Here are, in no particular order, 7 of their most underrated tracks.
Drawing you in from the very first second, Ink just might be the best song from the band’s previous album Ghost Stories. It’s light, it’s lovely, it’s that feeling you have when it’s spring and it’s the first day you can go outside without wearing a jacket. Favourite lyrics: “got a tattoo and the pain’s alright, just wanted a way of keeping you inside”.
2. Us Against The World
Speaking of love songs, Us Against The World is a love song in its purest form. Especially the live version, where Chris Martin starts out on his own and gets joined by the rest of the band one by one as the song proceeds is worth a watch. Favourite lyrics: “and I just wanna be there when the lightning strikes and the saints go marching in”.
3. Strawberry Swing
That love songs don’t always have to be slow, heartfelt ballads, is proven by Strawberry Swing. Strawberry Swing makes you want to skip around in a field full of flowers whilst holding hands with your lover, best friend or even a random passer-by. Favourite lyrics: “now the sky could be blue, I don’t mind, without you it’s a waste of time”.
4. Life in Technicolor ii
If you’re one of those people that has an ‘instant motivation’ playlist on Spotify (we are), your playlist isn’t complete without Life in Technicolor. The instrumental intro makes it entirely impossible to sit still and by the time the first chorus comes around, you’re probably dancing around your room. Favourite lyrics: “I can hear rain coming, like a serenade of sound, now my feet won’t touch the ground”.
5. Swallowed in the Sea
Starting out fairly simple both musically and lyrically, this song progress into one of the most powerful ones the band has ever written, climaxing in the bridge. Swallowed in the Sea isn’t your typical love song where Chris Martin is mourning a break up or begging for your attention – it’s just Chris Martin saying it as it is. Favourite lyrics: “And I could write a song a hundred miles long, well that’s where I belong and you belong with me”.
6. Warning Sign
Warning Sign has that typical Coldplay sound, coming from A Rush of Blood to the Head, arguably the band’s most celebrated album. The recurring lines where Chris tells you he misses you so will have you singing along at the top of your voice, even though you’re not really sure who you’re addressing. That doesn’t matter – Coldplay makes you feel like you do. Favourite lyrics: “Come on in, I’ve gotta tell you what a state I’m in, I’ve gotta tell you in my loudest tones, that I started looking for a warning sign”.
7. Everything’s Not Lost
Just like Life in Technicolor II, Everything’s not lost will pick you right up when you’re feeling down. Sometimes you just need Chris Martin’s reassurance that things presumably will work out just fine in the end. The part where you’re supposed to sing along with the ‘oh oh yeah’s’ is probably a bit out of everyone’s vocal range, but don’t let that stop you. Favourite lyrics: “If you ever feel all neglected, if you think that all is lost, I’ll be counting up my demons, hoping everything’s not lost”.
Coldplay’s seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams will be released on December 4th. You can listen to Adventure of a Lifetime, the first single, below.