Viva la Vida

July 25, 2008

Viva la Vida (Spanish for " Long Live Life ") is a song by alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for the fourth studio album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and was the second single released by Violet Hill from the album. It was published on 25 July 2008. 2009 was the composition of a Grammy for "Song of the Year" ( Song of the Year ).


About the Name Coldplay indicated that you are geared to one situated on a coming of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo drawing phrase. The phrase is also a part of the title, which for the album - was elected - on which there is the song. Viva la Vida has its origins from the Spanish and means as much as " Long Live Life " or " Living life ".

As producers, Coldplay brought among others also applicable as an innovator British Brian Eno, who has worked with U2, added. He and the second producer Markus Dravs also produced the entire album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Mylo Xyloto also have co-created together.

Both influenced the sound of the song is relevant, Viva la Vida has an instrumental arrangement and sweeping lyrics with content from the Bible, such as: " I hear Jerusalem bells". The complicated composition contains orchestral bells, chimes and choral singing.

In August 2008, Coldplay released to the song a second music video in honor of Anton Corbijn and Depeche Mode. The music video is a tribute to the music video for the song Enjoy the Silence.

Awards and achievements

Just a few minutes after the publication Viva la Vida has become the chart hit. The song took over several weeks, the peak positions of the download portals iTunes and Music Load. In major music markets such as Germany Viva la Vida brought it into the Top 5 of the charts. In the UK it was your first number - one hit. Even in the American Billboard charts, the song peaked at # 1, which so far only very few British artists succeeded.

Apple also shone as part of the iTunes advertising campaign in many countries ( U.S. and Germany among others ) a TV spot about Viva La Vida from.

For chart positions and certifications see

The very positive response from critics was reason enough to Viva la Vida for the ceremony of the 51st Grammy Awards as " Best Record Of The Year ", " Best Song Of The Year " and " Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group " to nominate, with the two last Mentioned were also obtained.

Viva la Vida still is the most popular song Coldplay and is still played often and with pleasure by many radio stations today. The Bundesliga club Hamburger SV played from January 2009 to May 2010 at Torerfolgen in their own stadium the choir in the chorus of the piece in support of the Torjubels. Since the 2011/12 season will be played at Torerfolgen in Home Games of Hannover 96 of the same section.

Accusations of plagiarism

Since the publication of the song Coldplay were confronted frequently with allegations of plagiarism. The American guitarist Joe Satriani for example, claimed that Viva la Vida is based on his ballad If I Could Fly. With Joe Satriani there was an out of court settlement. Also, the songwriter of the Creaky Boeards Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Coldplay stole from his title The Songs I Did not Write. Also music legend Cat Stevens wanted to have recognized similarities with his song Foreigner Suite. All allegations proved unfounded.