Because Coldplay has so many iconic songs associated with them since the band’s inception, it is hard to pin down which album is the one that made the band. However, it can easily be said that “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” is definitely up there.
The album came out in 2008 and was the band’s fourth of their career. One would imagine it would be hard to keep the success going after notable songs such as “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” and “Fix You” off of their previous albums, but Coldplay went back to the studio to put together what would probably be their most popular album.
When heading to the studio in 2006 to work on the album with producer Brain Eno, they told Rolling Stone that they wanted to “try something different” and close the chapter on their first three albums, which lead singer Chris Martin referred to as a “trilogy.”
Their gamble paid off. When “Viva la Vida” was released in June of 2008, it landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart and became their first ever album to do so. It ended up staying on the chart for one week shy of a year. It also gave them their most successful year at the Grammy Awards in 2009: They came out with three awards from seven nominations including Best Rock Album.
Since then, Coldplay has still had many successful albums and singles like this year’s hit “Something Just Like This,” a collaboration with the Chainsmokers that peaked a No. 3 on the charts. They even released a new EP earlier this year called “Kaleidoscope.” One thing is for sure, Coldplay isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
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