The Scientist

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"The Scientist"
Single by Coldplay
from the album A Rush of Blood to the Head
"I Ran Away"
Released4 November 2002 (UK)
15 April 2003 (US)
FormatCD, DVD, 7"
GenreAlternative rock, post-britpop
Length5:09 (album version)
4:26 (radio edit)
LabelParlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Songwriter(s)Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer(s)Ken Nelson
Coldplay singles chronology
"In My Place"
"The Scientist"
Music video
"The Scientist" at YouTube

"The Scientist" is the second single from English alternative rock band Coldplay's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The song was written by all the band members for the album together. It is built around a piano ballad. Its lyrics tell the story about a man's desire to love and about an apology. The song was released in the United Kingdom as the second single from A Rush of Blood to the Head and reached number 10 in the UK Charts. It was released in the United States as the third single and reached number 18 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks.

Critics praised "The Scientist". Several remixes of the track have been made. Its riff has been widely sampled. The single's music video won three MTV Music Video Awards, for the video's use of reverse narrative. The song was also featured on the band's 2003 live album Live 2003.

On May 19, 2011, a cover of the song by Mike Posner was leaked.

The song was used by WWE in a tribute to Macho Man Randy Savage that aired on Raw and Smackdown just a few days after his death on May 20, 2011.

Track listing[change | change source]

  1. "The Scientist" - 5:11
  2. "1.36" - 2:05
  3. "I Ran Away" - 4:26
  • "1.36" features Tim Wheeler of Ash on guitar.

DVD[change | change source]

  1. "The Scientist" (Edit)
  2. "The Scientist" (video running backwards)
  3. "Lips Like Sugar" (Live)

Charts[change | change source]

Chart (2002) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 6
Australia ARIA Singles Chart[1] 40
Dutch Singles Chart 20
Italy Singles Chart 23
Irish Singles Chart 15
Polish Singles Chart[2] 1
UK Singles Chart 10
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 18
Chart (2009) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 8
German Singles Chart[1] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 84

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Coldplay — The Scientist worldwide chart positions and trajectories". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  2. "Polish Singles Chart". Archived from the original on 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2011-07-03.

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