When AC/DC Was Defeated By Coldplay

In 2008, AC/DC released their longest-running successful album ‘Black Ice,’ marking the longest gap between two AC/DC albums since 2000’s ‘Stiff Upper Lip.’ The band had a positive critical review in general, but some critics found the album inconsistent. Regardless, the band has given their fans a rock and roll album and didn’t seem to have disappointed them as the album debuted at the top in almost 30 countries, and in Germany, it became the 14th best-selling album of the 2000s.

This success was very crucial because of another thriving album released in the same year by Coldplay. Although Coldplay’s genre varies widely from AC/DC, this iconic record was rock and roll, according to many, and it was enough to compete with the rock and roll icons. The album ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’ was incredibly sensational at the time and had become a milestone for the band’s career.

How Did Coldplay Beat AC/DC?

‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,’ more commonly known as ‘Viva La Vida,’ has pushed Coldplay to become a well-known band and establish its name in the rock world. Even though currently the band is exploring other genres like pop music, with this album, they settled their place in rock and roll. It became the number one selling album of 2008 and beat AC DC’s ‘Black Ice.’

Hence they defeated AC/DC, and their eponymous single was the first Coldplay song to reach number one in the States. This victory was a game-changer because AC/DC is known to be a pure rock and roll band and hasn’t gone off their road to creating anything else. But with Coldplay’s sensation to rock and roll with this album, they beat the ultimate rock band. However, ‘Black Ice’ wasn’t that far behind since the album was a runner-up to ‘Viva La Vida.’