If ever there was a band that has come close to “out-U2ing” U2, it is Coldplay. Think about it: four good friends from their school days form a band – led by a charismatic lead singer – and create atmospheric, emotional, sing-along stadium anthems. And with “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” Chris Martin & Co. culled together the quintessential Coldplay “sound”: chiming piano, uncluttered (and occasionally ringing) guitar, driving bass and drum parts that fill the space and complement the mood. The album starts with “Politik,” a 9/11-inspired song that hints that this isn’t the same band that JUST used to fill English pubs. “In My Place,” “The Scientist” and “Clocks” all catapulted the band into the stratosphere, whether you wanted them to or not.

You can listen to A Rush of Blood to the Head on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon.