Not every band is meant to be one of the most legendary bands in the world. For every critical darling, there are just as many acts that get torn to shreds by critics who think they are a disgrace to the music industry, only to become stars anyway. Every artist has at least one great song in them though, and each of these artists really shine on these tracks.
For all of the venom that gets thrown their way, every single one of these songs has something unique to offer, whether it’s a weird experiment that the band hadn’t tried before or actually making a version of their older sound that’s a lot more digestible than what we had heard before. Are these necessarily on the same level as some of the most beloved bands of all time? Hell no.
By the standards that are normally set for each of these acts though, these songs blow every other track they made out of the water, leaving many to wonder whether it’s a fluke that they got these tracks to sound so good or thinking that they wasted all of their potential going into just one track. Every one of these acts has had more than their fair share of bile thrown their way, but for these few songs, there was no one else who could touch them.
10. In My Place - Coldplay
In the grand scheme of things, the only crime that Coldplay have really committed is just becoming stale. They might like to claim they're holding up the flag for rock music for the past few years, but the sounds of albums like Music of the Spheres have much more in common with pop music than anything that you're going to hear out of rock stations. Before the post Viva La Vida mess though, Coldplay could be a damn good pop rock band when they wanted to.
Coming off of their overnight success after Yellow, In My Place was originally written by Chris Martin to make sure he could still write a hit song, bringing it into the band almost fully finished. Though it might not have the same overarching sound of something like Clocks, the main guitar hook works beautifully over Chris' vocal melody, almost reaching the same heights that U2 were aiming for in their prime. Rather than Bono's overt politics though, we instead get Chris writing some of the most heartfelt lyrics of his career, feeling lost in his own mind and asking himself how long he has to deal with his own internal issues.
Compared to the eternal optimism that happens throughout the majority of their back catalog, it's surprising to see them get a lot more introspective here, sounding like they are actually concerned whether this whole thing is a fluke or if it's something they can make a career out of. That's what real emotion sounds like, and not something that's the musical equivalent of a Hallmark movie.