There are still 88 years and six months remaining in the 21st century, but thus far, Coldplay is its most influential band. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal data — no other band is mentioned after the words "this band sounds like..." as frequently as Coldplay. Their shows often clock in at less than 90 minutes, taut and energetic, with front man Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion singing so hard they look as though they're going to explode. They're the Will Ferrell of rock.


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