“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” is the first single from Coldplay’s untitled fifth album, and for this one, the boys took it back to 1976 with a sample of Peter Allen’s hit “I Go to Rio,” and maybe back to 1990 with some inspiration from the Sacados’ “Ritmo De La Noche” (which also sampled “I Go To Rio”). The sonic similarities to Viva La Vida, Coldplay’s last album, are noticeable, and the naysayers have already weighed in, but isn’t this just the kind of triumphant schmatlz we expect from Coldplay?
There’s a good dose of electric guitar, lots of singing about lights, the expected euphoric chorus, and a great one minute-ish guitar ride at the end. While Allen receives a writing credit for the song, it’s unclear whether Chris Martin and crew officially sampled the Sacados 90s dance track, but fans sure seem to think that they did.
In summary, Coldplay’s first single is another summer-ready Coldplay single that most people will love, or just love to hate. If you’re one of the lovers, they’ll be taking this one on the road for summer music festivals.