Us Against the World (Coldplay song)

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"Us Against the World"
Coldplay - "Us Against the World".jpg
Song by Coldplay from the album Mylo Xyloto
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre Alternative rock, post-Britpop
Length 3:59
Label Parlophone
Writer Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Mylo Xyloto track listing

"Us Against the World" is a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.[1] It appears as the fifth track on the album.


"Us Against the World" has been received well by critics, citing it as one of the seminal moments on the album.[2][3] The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot commented on "Us Against the World", "U.F.O." and "Up in Flames" collectively, highlighting the songs as points where the band "milk these smaller, more intimate moments, the world-weary troubadour imploring a lover, God or both to lift up this blindfold (and) let me see again."[3] In an article published by Q on 10 October 2011 entitled "First Impressions of... Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto" they wrote:[4]

"Forever destined to be known as The One They Fucked Up At Glasto, Us Against The World begins with delayed patterns of guitar and a lone church organ, before stripping back to just Chris Martin and his acoustic. Its approach sums up what makes Mylo Xyloto ticks; its production is far from stripped-down, but, unlike the bloated X&Y and the do-you-know-what-it-is-yet-cos-we-don't mishmash of Viva La Vida, everything here is a servant to the melody. And, five tracks in, the melodies are some of their best; here, Chris Martin whispers "slow it down" as an orchestral swell builds around him. Just when you think it's going to embark on a Fix You-esque outro, it finishes, perfectly."

Live performances[edit]

"Us Against The World" has been a frequently played song during the 2011 Festival Tour and the Mylo Xyloto Tour, and is statistically the most played non-single during the Mylo Xyloto album cycle.[5][6][7] The song was first played at a friends and family gig at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on 31 May 2011. The song made its worldwide debut at the Rock im Park Festival, Nürnberg, Germany on 3 June 2011, and again at Rock am Ring the following day, along with other songs from the then-unannounced fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, including "Hurts Like Heaven", "Major Minus" and "Charlie Brown".[8]

During the Mylo Xyloto Tour, "Us Against the World" has been played on every date of the Arena and Stadium phases of the tour.[6] It had also been played on every date of the 2011 Festival Tour, but was cut from the setlist during the opening phase of the Mylo Xyloto Tour.[9] Played as part of the main setlist during the Arena phase and as the encore opener during the Stadium phase, the song has been promoted heavily with performances on television and radio appearances, as well as appearing on the band's 2012 live album and film, Live 2012, which documents the Mylo Xyloto Tour.[10]

Chris Martin performed it at Madison Square Garden in New York on 12 Dec. 2012 during his set at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.


Chart (2011) Peak
South Korean Gaon Chart[11] 30


  1. ^ "Coldplay - Recordings". 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b Kot, Greg (23 October 2011). "Coldplay album review; Mylo Xyloto reviewed". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  4. ^ "First Impressions of... Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto". 
  5. ^ "Coldplay at intimate London gig: 'We're not used to playing without lasers'". NME. IPC Media. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Paris live photoblog". Coldplay's Official Website. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Newbury, Dave (2 June 2012). "Gig Review: Coldplay @ Emirates Stadium". Londonist. Gothamist, LLC. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Coldplay - " Us Against the World " ( Mylo Xyloto ) HQ Live @ Rock am Ring festival : Germany". 
  9. ^ Still, Jennifer (26 October 2011). "Coldplay perform 'Mylo Xyloto' songs at Madrid bullfighting ring". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Live 2012". iTunes US. Apple, inc. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "South Korean Gaon Chart - Week: October 23, 2011 to October 29, 2011" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 

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