Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #05 – Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars”

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Keep reaching for the "Stars".

Keep reaching for the “Stars”.

005. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (733 points)
Writers: Tim Bergling, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producers: Bergling, Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

Debut Date: May 4, 2014
Peak Date: July 6 to 27, 2014
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 28

If you were expecting this band’s Ghost Stories album to be a cheery and energetic effort, then I’m afraid you may have been disappointed when hearing it in full. Written and recorded in the middle of a conscious uncoupling between lead singer Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the songs are largely reflective of that mood, both experimental and particularly stripped back in arrangement. Yet, there was a spark in one track, and with the work of one of dance music’s top producers, positivity pulled through and launched their sound into the stratosphere.

After “Magic” quickly rose to #1 for three weeks before collapsing, “Sky” took slightly more time to reach the top and held it there for four weeks in July, giving the quartet their longest running #1 since 2011’s “Paradise”, which also spent four frames in the position. In many territories, it was the their biggest hit since the massive “Viva La Vida” in the summer of 2008. Did it irk some fans that the band released a full-on EDM track? Of course. However, I was really into it, and the seven months that the song spent in my top 40 is a strong indication of its impact.

2015 could mark the final studio album for the band. Martin revealed that its title is A Head Full Of Dreams, though a release date is not set in stone as of yet. Meanwhile, the four guys are still charting in some countries with “Ink” and a soundtrack cut called “Miracles”, taken from the Angelina Jolie directed film Unbroken. Their presence isn’t going away anytime soon, even if their original material does. (I’m sure that much could change as well. Stay tuned.)

Check back tomorrow for next part of the top ten on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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