Story of Song

When Coldplay were interviewed by MTV News, Chris Martin explained that the meaning of the song is easier to explain in the context of the album ‘Mylo Xyloto’. According to Martin, the album tells a story: “It’s supposed to be about two people who grow up separately in a very big oppressive city, and they each are a bit lost in their lives.” He added that the pair meet in a gang and fall in and out of love before getting back together at the end. Martin said: “Paradise’ is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy.”

Release date

Released September 12, 2011


Guy Berryman – Jonny Buckland – Will Champion – Chris Martin – Brian Eno



Chart Rankings

In the UK, ‘Paradise’ became the first number 1 single of 2012, and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 965.000 copies. In the US, the single peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Songs. The song also topped the charts in Czech Republic and Norway, while reaching the top 10 charts in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland. It was certified six times Platinum in Australia, Triple Platinum in Canada and Italy, Double Platinum in New Zealand, and Platinum in Denmark and Mexico. In Belgium, France, and Germany, it was certified Gold.


Artist’s age on release date

Coldplay had been active for 15 years when they released this song.

Cover Versions

Tanner Patrick – The Piano Guys featuring Alex Boye – Tyler Ward (acoustic) – Mike Tompkins  (Acapella) – Modestep – Francesco Parrino (piano) – Nick Matev – Ewan John (acoustic) – Jeremy Davis (drum) – Audrey Couch (acoustic) – Laurel shoop (violin) – 0AdRiaNleE0 (piano) – Cello Octet cover – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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