Parachutes (English for " parachutes " ) is the debut album of the English band Coldplay and was published on 10 July 2000. It quickly reached the top of the UK Top 40 in the UK and stayed for 33 weeks in the top ten. In the American Billboard 200 charts, the album reached number # 51 and was over 2 million copies. It has been questioned that the album is to be named after the successful song "Yellow ", as Chris Martin said in an interview with NME.

From album Shiver, Yellow, Trouble and Do not Panic were released as singles. Parachutes reached # 14 in Channel 4 's 100 greatest albums of all time. In 2006, it managed Parachutes 33rd place in the NME 's 100 best British albums to conquer. In 2003, the album was chosen by the readers of Q magazine at # 25. Nevertheless, said singer Chris Martin said in an interview from 2006: " We know that the terrible music, and we will always try to think about what we can do next. "

  • 5.1 Shiver
  • 5.2 Yellow
  • 5.3 Trouble
  • 5.4 Do not Panic
  • 5.5 Acoustic
  • 5.6 Sparks
  • 6.1 prices
  • 6.2 nominations


The album is heavily influenced by alternative rock and is therefore often associated with the art-rock band Radiohead from the time of their albums The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997). In fact, it was assumed that the success of the album so that was related to the fact that some followers of Radiohead on their fourth album, Kid A (October 2000) greatly experimenting with electronic influences, turned away from her band and joined the music of Coldplay ..

The music on Parachutes is mostly calm and collected, which in stark contrast to the rock anthems that later, especially on the album X & Y, dominated by the music of Coldplay. Most of the songs, such as High Speed, We Never Change, and also the title track, are strongly influenced by acoustic guitars and piano melodies. Other songs like Shiver and Yellow use electric guitars.

The third song of the album, Spies caught, look up at the Chinese government, which interpreted the song as an anti- communist song. This meant that the album could not be sold in China. The guitarist Jon Buckland remarked: "We have been banned in China because of the song Spies. Very strange. "

Just as excellent as the instrumental compositions is Chris Martin's vocals, in which he often reaches the falsetto. This is primarily achieved in the last song of the album, Everything's Not Lost, the case, which begins as a piano ballad and then a climax with Martin's harmonious falsetto. Short A hidden song entitled Life Is for Living follows it.


  • Much of the album was recorded within ten weeks in Liverpool 's Parr Street Studios. The recording sessions were here interrupted only by two smaller tours the band. The song high speed, however, was not included in Liverpool, but with the preliminary producer Chris Allison in summer 1999 in the Oricoco Studios in London.
  • The cover of Parachutes shows the photograph of a rotating illuminated globe that had bought the tape for £ 10 at WHSmith and then taken up with its own Kodak camera. He also appeared in the music videos of the songs and Shiver Do not Panic and accompanied the band on their tours.

Title list

Bonus Tracks (Japan)


The album was released in a variety of states.



Shiver was released only in the UK and in the USA.



Do not Panic

Do not Panic appeared only in some European countries such as Holland, France and Norway.


This EP was not regular in the trade, but was an issue of the British newspaper The Independent at.


Sparks were not to buy, but was sent only as a promo single to radio stations and press. The EP contains the same songs as the acoustic EP and the video for Yellow as a bonus.

Awards and nominations


  • 2001: Brit Awards, Best British Album
  • 2001: NME Awards, Best Single for Yellow
  • 2002: Grammy Awards, Best Alternative Music Album


  • 2000: Mercury Music Prize