Composed by Chris Martin / Guy Berryman / Jonny Buckland / Will Champion

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Whereas UK fans were treated to “The Scientist,” Coldplay’s “Clocks” was the second single from the band’s monumental second album, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. The piano-driven cloudburst of shimmering percussion, sparse string arrangements and delicate electric guitars is a dynamic exchange of conflict and consensus. On the surface, it’s simply pretty, however Martin’s lyrics are much more from the gut. “Come out upon my seas/Cursed missed opportunities/Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease?” poses the questions most people ponder more than once during their lifetime, and that’s am I worthy enough to exist on this Earth and am I making a worthy contribution to this life? The title metaphorically alludes that as well, pushing one to wonder about the world’s obsession with time while connecting it to the theory: make the best of it when we’re here, present and alive. The lyrics are urgent and with Coldplay’s sparkling musicianship, “Clocks” radiates hope through the threads of frustration. It’s done with class and without cliché. “Clocks” marked Coldplay’s biggest hit to date; it was a mainstay at commercial radio throughout 2003. It also took home a Grammy for Record of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards that same year.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002 Parlophone 5:08
X-List 2003
Various Artists
Virgin 4:11
Clocks 2003 Parlophone 5:08
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face 2003 Parlophone
Now DVD 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
100% Hits: Best of 2003 2003
Various Artists
Live 2003 2003 Parlophone 5:32
Star 98.7 FM: Star Lounge 2003 Collection 2003
Various Artists
SRO 5:18
Grammy Nominees 2004 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 4:11
The Piano Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Music for Cocktails [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:07
Live 2003 [DVD] 2004 EMI / Parlophone
The Alternative Album [2005] 2005
Various Artists
EMI 5:08
Festival [Warner] 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:07
Talk 2005 EMI Music Distribution 9:37
Festival 06 [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:08
A Rush of Blood to the Head/Parachutes 2006 EMI Music Distribution
Howzat Australia vs England: The Greatest Hits 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
XM Artist Confidential Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Kabul 107.9 FM 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
7 Inch Collection 2007 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2007 PROMO
Top Gear Anthems 2007 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Gift Pack 2007 Capitol/EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 5:07
The Alternative Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 5:08
The Singles 2007 Capitol/EMI Records
The Best of Now That's What I Call Music! 10th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
Now Records 4:09
Life is Music 2008
Various Artists
Studio Brussel/EMI 4:11
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:06
Limited Edition Tour Pack 2009 Capitol 5:07
Brit Awards 2010 2010
Various Artists
The Brit Trust / Rhino 5:08
Violet Hill - Live 2011 IDS / Rock Tapes
4 CD Catalogue Set: Parachutes/A Rush of Blood to the Head/X&Y/Viva La Vida 2012 Atlantic / Parlophone 5:07
Live 2012 2012 Parlophone / Warner Music 4:44
Chillout Sessions: Summer Collection 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:57
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:07
Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 44
Various Artists
Promo Only: Modern Rock Radio (November 2002)
Various Artists
Promo Only
Radioactive: Modern Rock Series (December 2002)
Various Artists
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:06
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