Viva la Vida (4:00)

Cover of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

From Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and 63 other releases

“Viva la Vida” (Spanish: “Long Live Life”) is the second, Grammy-nominated single released from the English band Coldplay album, Viva La Vida. It was initially released only with iTunes Store pre-orders of the album on 7 May 2008, later becoming a download-only single on 25 May 2008. With over 3 million plays, the song earned the number one spot on the Last.fm Best of 2008.

The song was used in an advertising campaign for Apple’s iPod and iTunes Store while Coldplay performed the song live for the first time at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards. Two versions of the music video were released, one directed by Hype Williams, and the other, an homage to the music video for Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence, by Anton Corbijn.

Unlike the typical arrangement of Coldplay songs, in which the piano and/or guitar dominate, “Viva la Vida” mostly consists of a string section playing the song’s upbeat riff, along with a steady bass drum beat, bass guitar, and Chris Martin’s vocals.

Coldplay were the first British group to hit #1 on the Hot 100 for over ten years. The previous British group to top the US singles chart was the Spice Girls with Wannabe in February 1997. (See http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=11520 for plenty more trivia on “Viva La Vida”). The california based hip-hop/reggae band Dirtyheads cover this song.

The BBC reports (Dec 5th 2008) that Coldplay are being sued over this song by Joe Satriani for plagiarism of his tune If I Could Fly.

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  • Falleti

    Esse é o tipo de música que você ouve quando ta feliz, quando ta triste, quando ta determinado, quando ta com medo, quando esta com pessoas legais ou quando esta sozinho. Ou seja, o tipo de música que pode tocar a qualquer momento. <3 [3]

    10 Dec 6:34pm Reply
  • xterra12

    Its time not to give up

    25 Nov 9:20pm Reply
  • zomblie

    <3

    24 Nov 10:49am Reply
  • unfoster

    Esse é o tipo de música que você ouve quando ta feliz, quando ta triste, quando ta determinado, quando ta com medo, quando esta com pessoas legais ou quando esta sozinho. Ou seja, o tipo de música que pode tocar a qualquer momento. <3 [2]

    12 Nov 11:19pm Reply
  • unfoster

    Cara, a música da minha vida <3

    12 Nov 11:19pm Reply
  • porraluc

    Esse é o tipo de música que você ouve quando ta feliz, quando ta triste, quando ta determinado, quando ta com medo, quando esta com pessoas legais ou quando esta sozinho. Ou seja, o tipo de música que pode tocar a qualquer momento. <3

    11 Nov 8:08pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 5:46pm Reply
  • pqannabeatriz

    essa música faz parte da trilha sonora da minha life :3

    2 Oct 6:20pm Reply
  • waterworld5542

    This song us to enrich our lives.

    12 Sep 2:46pm Reply
  • Pepon404

    These guys never cease to amaze me. Lovely!

    1 Sep 11:44am Reply
  • Sound-Of-Nature

    I fucking love this perfection!

    29 Aug 11:17am Reply
  • sls

    This has the spirit of "Walk Away Renee" by the Left Banke... but not quite as good or timeless.

    27 Aug 4:09pm Reply
  • Brandysull

    Absolutely fantastic piece of work… God bless that italian violinist and his wondrous strings.. Really adds an unreal depth to the track

    24 Aug 9:16am Reply
  • MellysKaty

    Amo essa Música <3

    22 Aug 9:13pm Reply
  • zaroOoO

    NOSTALGIA! this is a very special song to me. a modern classic for sure. ill never get over viva la vida.

    14 Aug 12:04am Reply
  • wheelshs98

    good song

    29 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • cleilton_

    Anthem

    14 Jul 6:03pm Reply
  • AqualungBats5th

    Every time he says "feel the fear in my enemy's eyes" I hear "ass" instead. And the 12 year old inside me laughs and laughs.

    29 Jun 11:18pm Reply
  • unfoster

    this song is the real "Magic" [3]

    27 Jun 11:54pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Not viva la boheme!

    24 Jun 9:14pm Reply
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