Top 10 Artists That Were Inspired By Coldplay

One of the seminal bands in the piano-driven Britrock world,[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Coldplay[/lastfm] has undoubtedly influenced a number of modern bands. In terms of heartfelt lyrics, showmanship, and dynamically-constructed melodies, Coldplay is one-of-a-kind.

While some of the bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Script[/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Snow Patrol [/lastfm]are well-know, there a couple (like an R&B artist) that we wouldn’t expect to make our list of the Top 10 Artists That Were Inspired By Coldplay.

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10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Script[/lastfm]

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[pullquote quote=”I seen him on an interview about the song saying that he had to actually learn the song entirely–from start to finish–backwards.”]”I love this video when I seen him literally walking backwards mouthing the lyrics. I was like, ‘How did he do it?’ I seen him on an interview about the song saying that he had to actually learn the song entirely–from start to finish–backwards. Which is always an amazing feat. “-The Script about Coldplay’s video, “The Scientist”

“Breakeven”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Script[/lastfm]

[Source: VH1]

9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]OneRepublic[/lastfm]

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[pullquote quote=””It was like their influences are our influences.” ” credit=”OneRepublic”] ”I read an article about Chris Martin’s influences, and it was like their influences are our influences…I remember when Coldplay first came out like six or seven years ago, and I called Zach [Filkins], and I was like ‘Dude I’m so pissed. This band came out!’ And they were exactly like, if I had been doing rock then, it would’ve definitely fallen in that vein. But yeah: I sing in falsetto. We’re both [Jeff] Buckley fans. And [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Radiohead[/lastfm] fans; right now a lot of us in the band are listening to In Rainbows.”OneRepublic

“Good Life”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]OneRepublic[/lastfm]

[Source: MTV Buzzworthy]

8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Fray[/lastfm]

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[pullquote quote=”Coldplay are a great band, and they’re the architects of bringing the piano back into the forefront of rock.” credit=”The Fray”]

“Coldplay are a great band, and they’re the architects of bringing the piano back into the forefront of rock. I don’t want to be told we’re just trying to be like Coldplay, because we’re not. But I guess we’re more like Coldplay than like the Scissor Sisters. It’s not bad company to be among.”-The Fray

“How To Save A Life”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Fray[/lastfm]

[Source: Independent]

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Temper Trap[/lastfm]

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While The Temper Trap hasn’t officially announced Coldplay as one of their influences, many music critics have likened the band, most specifically the vocals of lead singer Dougy Mandagi.

“Sweet Disposition“-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Temper Trap[/lastfm]

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ne-Yo[/lastfm]

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 [pullquote quote=”I’d have to say I’m a huge fan of Coldplay. ” credit=”Coldplay”]”True artists nowadays are few and far between, but I’d have to say I’m a huge fan of Coldplay. Everything they do is melody, and melody speaks to everybody. Melody is the blood that flows through any and all musical genres…There are some songs where I have no idea what they’re talking about. Chris Martin is almost saying, ‘OK, take these words and these melodies and determine your own adventure – what does it mean to you?’ That’s the question he’s asking with the songs, as opposed to trying to force meaning on you.”-Ne-Yo

“Closer”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ne-Yo[/lastfm]

[Source: ContactMusic]

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leona Lewis[/lastfm]

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“Leona Lewis has reportedly found inspiration for her second album by listening to Coldplay. The singer, who has been recording the follow-up to Spirit in Los Angeles, is said to have been drawn to a soft-rock sound after the success of ‘Run’. Last year, the ‘Bleeding Love’ singer admitted that she was eager to record a duet with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in the future.”

“Leona was really happy with the success of her cover of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, so she thought it logical to try her hand at a more rock-based sound,” a source told The Sun. “She’s a huge Coldplay fan and their influence is strong on a number of demos.”

“Happy”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leona Lewis[/lastfm]

[Source: Coldplaying]

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A Fine Frenzy [/lastfm]

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Gorgeous red-headed Seattle-born singer-songwriter, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alison Sudol,[/lastfm] says that Coldplay is one of the bands that inspired her love of piano-driven pop, including that which she creates with her musical dreamchild, A Fine Frenzy.

“Blow Away”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A Fine Frenzy[/lastfm]

[Source: AllMusic]

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Starsailor[/lastfm]

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[pullquote quote=””In terms of Coldplay, to be fair, they came out around the same time. It would be rude of us to say you copied our sound.”” credit=”Coldplay”]The first of a league of bands that came out “around the same time” as Coldplay, Starsailor might not be directly be influenced by Coldplay, but they are definitely of the same vein–and don’t take offense to comparison.

“In terms of Coldplay, to be fair, they came out around the same time. It would be rude of us to say you copied our sound.”James Walsh of Starsailor

“Poor Misguided Fool“-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Starsailor[/lastfm]

[Source: Coldplaying]

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snow Patrol [/lastfm]

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Second in the group of bands that came our around then, Snow Patrol definitely has a very similar sound to Coldplay. They even went on tour with them.

“Chasing Cars”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snow Patrol[/lastfm]

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keane[/lastfm]

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Coldplay and Keane have a long history together and Keane would definitely be pegged as the band “most influenced by Coldplay”  and vice versa.

Why?

In 1997,  Tim Rice-Oxley, the lead singer of Keane, met Chris Martin at university. During a weekend on Virginia Water, they asked each other to play off their own songs on the piano. Martin loved  Rice-Oxley piano playing and asked him to be in Coldplay, but  Rice-Oxley was already settled in Keane.

“Somewhere Only We Know”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keane[/lastfm]

[Source: Wikipedia]

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