Friday, June 16, 2000

Coldplay’s Parachutes hit #1 in UK



Released: July 10, 2000

Charted: July 16, 2000

Peak: 51 US, 11 UK, 10 CN, 2 AU

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 2.78 UK, 13.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: alternative rock/Britpop


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Don’t Panic (1/11/99, --)
  2. Shiver (3/6/00, 26 MR, 35 UK)
  3. Spies
  4. Sparks
  5. Yellow (6/26/00, 48 US, 20 RR, 11 A40, 2 AA, 4 UK, 6 MR, 5 AU)
  6. Trouble (10/26/00, 23 A40, 10 UK, 28 MR)
  7. Parachutes
  8. High Speed
  9. We Never Change
  10. Everything’s Not Lost

Total Running Time: 41:29

The Players:

  • Chris Martin (vocals, piano, synthesizers, guitar)
  • Jonny Buckland (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Guy Berryman (bass)
  • Will Champion (drums, percussion, backing vocals)


4.001 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“The London foursome Coldplay are constant critic’s darlings in the band’s native U.K., showcasing melodic pop in a slew of EP releases and constant live shows since the spark of the new millennium. Not as heavy as Radiohead or snobbish as Oasis, Coldplay is a band of young musicians who are still honing their sweet harmonies on the debut release Parachutes.” AMG

The album is “a record’s worth of moody and atmospheric tunes.” WK Combining bits of distorted guitar riffs and swishing percussion, Parachutes is a delightful introduction and also quickly indicates the reason why this album earned Coldplay a Mercury Music Prize nomination in fall 2000.” AMG

“The imagery captured on Parachutes is exquisitely dark and artistically abrasive, and the entire composition is tractable thanks to gauzy acoustics and airy percussion.” AMG Drummer Will Champion said the “lryics are beautiful and they’re really, really happy, but the music is really, really sad. It’s that kind of thing, where you can create moods through the music and lyrics.” WK

“Coldplay’s indie rock inclinations are also obvious, especially on songs such as Don’t Panic and Shiver, but it’s the dream pop soundscapes captured on High Speed and We Never Change that illustrate the band’s dynamic passion. This basic pop is surely a refreshing effort in the face of big productions like the Spice Girls and Westlife. Parachutes deserves the accolades it has received because it follows the general rule when introducing decent pop songs: keep the emotion genuine and real. And Coldplay has done that without hesitation.” AMG

MusicOMH’s Michael Hubbard called Parachutes “an album of remarkable depth.” WK NME’s Slobhan Grogan said “it’s incredible that this is a debut album,” nothing that it is “accomplished, yet subtle.” WK Uncut’s James Oldham said the album “more than justifies the plaudits.” WK

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First posted 3/26/2008; last updated 5/1/2022.

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