It's been almost two decades since Coldplay first crashed onto American shores with their soaring brand of lighter-waving alt rock, on their way to playing stadiums, scoring No. 1 albums on both sides of the Atlantic, and largely defining the sound of the early iTunes era. While in their early days, the band often drew comparisons (often derisively) to more acclaimed '90s artists like Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, as they've evolved over their years, their sound has evolved to something that sounds and feels uniquely and undeniably their own.
It's a large part of the reason why they've managed to stay popular and relevant for so long -- impressively, their four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 have been spaced out to 2005, 2008, 2014 and 2017 -- and why we're so excited to have them back in our lives, as they return this Friday with the double LP Everyday Life.
To properly commemorate 20 years of Coldplay jams, we've decided to count down our 50 favorites from the seven albums and change's worth of songs they've released so far. Look how they all still shine for us in 2019.