Coldplay Frontman Chris Martin’s Best Live Acoustic Performances

Members Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion make up one of the most popular alternative-rock bands in the world: Coldplay.

Having gotten their start in 1996, Coldplay is a seven-time GRAMMY winning band that has sold 60 million records worldwide, and it is obvious why they are so successful. With hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Clocks” and “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” Coldplay has had no trouble proving that they own the alternative-rock scene.

Their latest, and sixth, studio album titled “Ghost Stories” was released this year, producing hits like “Midnight” and “A Sky Full Of Stars.” The 2014 album reached #1 in 72 different countries.

Lead vocalist Chris Martin will be performing at a secret location in New York City on Wednesday, August 6. The next day, Chris will be visiting the Fresh studio for an acoustic performance of some of Coldplay’s songs from their latest album “Ghost Stories” for a select crowd of lucky fans.

You may be wondering how to possibly prepare for such an amazing event. Well, the answer is simple: by watching Chris Martin’s best acoustic performances! Check out Chris Martin’s acoustic performances of some of Coldplay’s greatest hits below.

Viva La Vida

Off of Coldplay’s fourth studio album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends,” this song is arguably Coldplay’s most popular song. Released in 2008, it is still being played on the radio six years later. This specific acoustic performance is extremely special to the New York City area, as it is from 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief.



With the combination of the talents of two members of great rock bands, you are bound to get a pretty good acoustic performance. Chris Martin was joined by Oasis’ Noel Gallagher to perform Coldplay’s successful hit “Yellow.”



This one is a bit of a throwback, but it could not be ignored. Chris Martin performed an acoustic version of one of Coldplay’s earlier hits “Trouble.” This song comes off of their 2000 studio album “Parachute.”


Fix You

Joined by band mate Jonny Buckland, Chris Martin sang an acoustic version of “Fix You” for charity. From their third studio album “X&Y,” “Fix You” is one of Coldplay’s most beautifully produced songs.



The success of Coldplay’s music has not dwindled since the beginning of their career. “Paradise” is one of their newer hits, released in 2011. Chris Martin performs the song acoustically, and flawlessly, on the piano.

Chris also utilized the success of “Paradise” to experiment with featuring different genres. He has performed the song live with Rihanna and rapper Jay Z.


Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Again, band mate Jonny Buckland teamed up with Chris Martin for an acoustic performance of the hit song “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” The song is featured on Coldplay’s studio album “Mylo Xyloto,” and was chosen as the first single, leading to its success.


Wedding Bells

While Chris Martin mostly sings Coldplay’s best hits, in this acoustic performance he sang an unreleased song. “Wedding Bells” was meant to be on “Mylo Xyloto” alongside “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” and “Paradise,” but it unfortunately did not make the cut.


***For more information on how YOU can enter to win a pair of tickets to see Chris Martin perform at a secret location in New York City on Wednesday, August 6th, PLUS a pair of passes to meet him in the Fresh 102.7 studios the next day, CLICK HERE!

–Leah Cunningham & Joe Cingrana/Fresh 102.7

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