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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*
|1||SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS||CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY||2||2017||1.45M|
|2||VIVA LA VIDA||COLDPLAY||1||2008||1.44M|
|4||HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND||COLDPLAY||6||2015||1.35M|
|6||ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME||COLDPLAY||7||2015||1.22M|
|8||A SKY FULL OF STARS||COLDPLAY||9||2014||1.04M|
|10||PRINCESS OF CHINA||COLDPLAY & RIHANNA||4||2011||798K|
|13||EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL||COLDPLAY||6||2011||484K|
|15||SPEED OF SOUND||COLDPLAY||2||2005||348K|
|19||IN MY PLACE||COLDPLAY||2||2004||292K|
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*This chart is based on physical, download, audio and video streaming equivalent sales combined.