RYAN TEDDER, ELLEN DEGENERES, DEMI LOVATO, CEE LO, HUNTER HAYES TALK ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE COLDPLAY SONGS
Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories is streaming exclusively on Beats music today.
Ghost Stories is the group’s sixth studio album that was first released via iTunes in May. The group of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion worked with GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence Welch) along with long-time collaborators Daniel Green and Rik Simpson on the production of the album. None other than Avicii, Timbaland and French soundboard prodigy Madeon pop up on the record too as guests.
Following the grand and vibrant soundscapes of Viva La Vida (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011), Coldplay explores a new sonic direction on Ghost Stories. The group delivers a sound that is more introspective and melancholic with lyrics that are intensely personal.
Ghost Stories tells a story of a man who is going through a dramatic break up and is coming to terms with living a life without the one he loves. The album chronicles the pain and confusion of a break up on songs like “Magic” on which Martin laments, “Cut me into two/I disappear from view/And I can’t get over you.”
But even though Ghost Stories tells a story of heartbreak, its message is never bleak. In the world of Coldplay there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the pain and disappointment, Martin often acknowledges that the future is bright and hopeful. ”Cause you’re a sky/you’re a sky full of stars/You’re such a heavenly view,” he sings on “A Sky Full of Stars,” a vibrant and uplifting anthem that captures a bittersweet sentiment and reaches far beyond Martin’s own experiences.
And herein lies the album’s greatest achievement. It poignantly captures a universal truth and sense of redemption that people everywhere can relate to. Throughout their career, Coldplay has served up a rich canon of songs that touches a nerve with people. We asked a few artists about their favorite Coldplay songs and why it is special to them.
Favorite Coldplay song: “In My Place” [link]
I was 22 and had just decided to start a band when that song came out and I thought ‘SHIT, I gotta up my game if these guys are doing stuff like this.’ The beat is sick and that guitar line is so simple yet sounds like a stadium.
Favorite Coldplay song: “Magic” [link]
The first time I heard ‘Magic; it was instantly my favorite Coldplay track. I’ve normally loved the ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ and the ‘Viva La Vida’ energetic vibe of the catalogue but Magic reshaped all the pieces of the band’s sound into something excitingly unexplored. And as someone who is inspired by their never ending search for something new to hear such a shift is yet another breath of fresh air and a brilliant way of saying that there is, in fact, so much more to say and hear from this incredible group. I also must say, the live show these guys put on is at the top of the list of best and most exciting, fun, and incredibly sincere shows I’ve ever seen. Such a big fan.
Favorite Coldplay song: “Trouble” [link]
Some of the best music has a redemption quality. The words of ‘Trouble’ articulate a complicated issue, but by putting it into lyrics, the intentions become more clear, more acceptable, more genuine. The honesty is redeeming.
Favorite Coldplay song: “Yellow” [link]
Because it is just so beautiful.
Favorite Coldplay song: ”Yellow” [link]
Coldplay has the ability to make songs instant classics and the perfect example of this is with my most favorite song of theirs to date.
Listen to Coldplay Ghost Stories on Beats.