The Good: Over 50 million records sold, a legion of copycats like Snow Patrol, Travis, Doves and Pilot Speed, and the undeniable earworm brought on by the word 'Yellow.' (Ed. Note: Don't tell anyone but we totally dig 'Clocks.')
The Bad: Coldplay have mastered a genre some quarters refer to as "secretary rock," or, as 'Family Guy' patriarch Peter Griffin calls it, "whiny bullcrap." Worse, though, is the knowledge that if you heart a Coldplay fan, you probably ain't gettin' any as a recent study (link) revealed they're the least likely to have sex on the first date.
The Disparaging Words:
"Coldplay are the dictionary definition of corporate rock. The singer is about as weird as Phil Collins. They are career rock personified. EMI should've signed Otis the Aardvark instead. At least he only sucks his thumb rather than corporate c---," said Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records.