500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Producers: Ken Nelson, Mark Phythian
Released: Aug. '02, Capitol
22 weeks; No. 29
Coldplay were scrambling to finish their second album and wanted to save "Clocks," with a churning piano riff inspired by the band Muse, for a later album. Luckily, a friend intervened. "He said, 'You're going on [in the lyrics] about urgency, and you're talking about keeping this song back,' " said Chris Martin. " 'That doesn't make sense.' "
Appears on: A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)