For the sake of fun and frolic, let's go forward from Parachutes and reselect which songs were to be singles. For myself, I'd say:
: No, they chose this one perfectly. No other song could have lead the album so well as it represented it.("Yellow" is too big to resemble the rest of the album.)
: This one, too, shouldn't be changed.
Everything's Not Lost
: Such a sweeping ballad as this should have been destined for radio play. A tad more universal in lyric than "Trouble", it might not be quite as catchy, but evocativeness should've won this one out.
: More for the sake of added exposure for a lovely song than the chance it might be a big radio hit. "Don't Panic" was too short for the singles market and "Trouble" might be too similar in structure to "Everything's Not Lost".
And as long as we're rewriting history, make "Life is For Living" a hidden track rather than tacking it to the end of 'Lost'. That stupid medley is a playlist-ruiner. (Nothing against the song, mind you, just not to close where the main track would have been more effective.)
-A Rush of Blood to the Head-
A Rush of Blood to the Head
: A rallying single to leave off a rallying record, I'd say. "In My Place" seemed too easy-going to work properly as the leader. However...
In My Place
: ...that's not to say it should not have been a single at all. Radio-friendly and instrumentally shiny, it could probably grab the people ungrabbed by the title track.
: Again, too structurally similar to be separate releases, "The Scientist" has the musical accessibility, but "Amsterdam" has the edge in lyrics. Considering music is music and production first, I suppose "The Scientist" wins out, thoguh I feel bad that "Amsterdam" didn't receive greater exposure.
: Just to startle the public.
Actually, I don't know what to put in this space; I don't think the individual songs were this album's appeal so much as the whole thing together.(Which is a double-edged sword.)
: Appease the masses hungry for a new album by releasing "Moses" as a single. I know, it surfaced and got soem radio play, but it ought to have been recorded in the studio and released commercially.
: Prove to the public this album is different right off the bat, and people won't keep ignorantly claiming that this is Parachutes 3.("Speed of Sound" is remeniscent of "Clocks". We get it.) I think "White Shadows" splashes cold water on those expecting more of the same and kicks off with a killer rythm we may never have had from Coldplay prior to this.
: To remind listeners that X&Y contains a mix of the old and the new, give 'em the most poignant and intoxicating track that's not "Til Kingdom Come".
: Maybe a more intricate piano ballad than "Trouble" or "The Scientist", if this makes the cut, it should see good chart success. Kind of hypnotic in all that clamor toward the end.
: Exciting and with another classic Crescendo To End All Crescendosô, it carries a lot of weight. It could also be the track that has everyone playing the air bass -- a rarity in a guitar-obsessed society.
Til Kingdom Come
: Won't haquaint and powerful. (Incidentally, the plethora of single-quality material ppen, but we're rewriting... well, the future, I suppose. But you should've canned all the hidden track stuff, boys; I've heard several people say they bought the album because they heard this song somewhere or other. It's just that on this album could actually see a fifth single surface. C'mon -- there's so much to choose from!)
Well, that's just me. Were you Coldplay's marketing team, what would you have lobbied/would lobby for?