Coldplay albums have been around since the late 1990's. The band started out as a duo with guitarist Jonny Buckland and vocalist Chris Martin playing for change in the subway stations of London. The band has not been as prolific as some of the other early 2000 bands, but they do offer a wide variety of music to choose from. Success was quick to come to the group, and they have worked to maintain their status as an international sensation.
- "Parachutes" (2000). Coldplay albums were popular right from the very beginning, including the phenominal success of their debut album "Parachutes". As of 2011, the album has sold millions of copies all over the world, reached number one on the British album charts and won the 2002 Grammy award for best alternative album. The record peaked at number 51 in the United States.
- "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (2002). The follow-up record was an international hit as well and blazed new trails for the group. As of 2011, the album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and won another Grammy for "best alternative album." In the United States, their second record broke into the top five album chart and made the band a certified success in the United States.
- "X&Y" (2005). The third Coldplay album debuted at number one on the UK and US album charts, but fans felt that it was not quite as good as the first two records. Coldplay was starting to spread their creative wings and reach for sounds they had never tried before. The album sold millions of copies all over the world, but it failed to live up to the commercial standards set by the first two records.
- "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" (2008). By the time the fourth album was released, expectations were incredibly high for the band. Luckily, this album was a huge commercial and critical success. It won the 2009 Grammy award for best rock album and turned out to be one of the top-selling albums of the year. The first single off this record, "Viva la Vida", immediately shot to number one on both the UK and US song charts. By now it was obvious that Coldplay was setting a pattern of three years between albums, and they look to stick with that pattern for the forseeable future.
- "Prospekt's March" (2008). This is a long-playing EP with eight new songs on it that Coldplay released immediately after "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" (2008). Some of the songs from this EP were recorded for the "Viva la Vida" album, but were not finished in time. The other songs were written immediately after "Viva la Vida" was completed.