Coldplay's 24 Singles, Ranked

From "Yellow" to "Fix You," putting the band's hits and would-be hits in their place

From "Fix You" to "Yellow," putting the band's hits and would-be hits in their place

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Why does Coldplay exist? To make prom nights, morning commutes, and iPod ads sound epic. To make the world bigger and beautifuler and yes, sappier, for a few minutes. Three to four minutes, usually. They're a singles band. So, a few days before their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, comes out, we've ranked Coldplay's singles by quality.

A few notes. First, this is a list of all of Coldplay's songs that were released as singles; that means tracks like fan-favorite "Death and All of His Friends" and Mylo Xyloto's delightful "Hurts Like Heaven" aren't in the running. Secondly, we, like a lot of listeners, have a complicated relationship with Coldplay. The world needs tender, arena-uniting rock ballads, and Coldplay's doing them better and more consistently than anyone these days. But sometimes treacle is just treacle. Other times, it's something more.

The list is ranked from worst to best. And yes, of course, it's definitive. No arguments allowed.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Spencer Kornhaber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers pop culture and music. He was previously an editor of Patch.com and a staff writer at OC Weekly. He has written for Spin, The AV Club, and RollingStone.com.

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