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The Best Bands Like Coldplay 

Coley Reed
April 8, 2020 186 votes 26 voters 25 items

List Rules Vote up the bands that people who like Coldplay should check out ASAP.

Looking for more good bands like Coldplay? You've come to the right place. Thanks to classic hits like "Speed of Sound" and "Yellow," the British outfit is one of the most popular alternative rock bands of all time, but there are many other great groups who share a similar sound. 

Snow Patrol, Onerepublic, and Maroon 5 are among the top bands that sound like Coldplay from their biggest era, while newer rock bands like Imagine Dragons are clearly influenced by Chris Martin and co., are also often considered to be related artists to the group.

Undeniably, Coldplay has had a massive influence on pop, rock, alternative, indie, and other genres, inspiring both their contemporaries and new bands today. And, while there are a lot of awesome groups and artists that sound like the legends behind "Fix You" in their own ways, it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up the bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Coldplay, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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Keane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The band currently comprises Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, synthesisers, ...more

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
Snow Patrol are an Irish-Scottish rock band from Northern Ireland and Scotland, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, ...more

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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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The Verve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Bastille is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Kodaline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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The Script is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Elbow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Train is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
The 1975 is an English indie rock band formed in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald. They have released four EPs, while their ...more
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James Bay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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George Ezra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
George Ezra
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Hozier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Tom Odell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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American Authors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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X Ambassadors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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Vance Joy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Like Coldplay
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