Song Details More songs by Coldplay
Speed Of Sound
Coldplay2005 SpeedSound45
All that noise and all that sound
All those places I got found
And birds go flying at the speed of sound
To show you how it all began
Birds came flying from the underground
If you could see it, then you'd understand
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2005
  • peaked at No. 5 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2005
  • peaked at No. 25 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart in 2005
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 2005
  • RIAA certified Digital Gold
  • from Coldplay's third studio album, X&Y (2005)
  • the drumbeat of the song was inspired by Bush's 1985 song "Running Up that Hill"
  • bassist Guy Berryman: "We were listening to a Kate Bush song called 'Running Up that Hill' and we were really trying to recreate the drums on that song for this song, and the chords - some bands are reluctant to admit that they take things from other artists and bands that they listen to and we're shameless in that respect, we don't mind telling."
  • Chris Martin has said that "Speed of Sound" was one of his least favorite songs - he doesn't like playing it live because of his dislike for the studio recording - "We just didn't get it right"
  • Coldplay:
         Chris Martin - lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
         Jonny Buckland - lead guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
         Guy Berryman - bass, backing vocals, keyboards
         Will Champion  - drums, backing vocals, piano, keyboards, bell, acoustic guitar
  • written by Coldplay (Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion)
  • produced by Coldplay, Ken Nelson, Danton Supple
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