Review: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’

“Something Just Like This” is a song from the new collaboration by the American DJ duo dubbed The Chainsmokers and England’s Coldplay. It was released as the second single of The Chainsmokers’ debut album Memories…Do Not Open and the first single of Coldplay’s thirteenth extended play Kaleidoscope on February 22, 2017. The song was used as the theme for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“Something Just Like This” debuted at number fifty-six on the Billboard Hot 100, but on its second week, the song soared to number five, becoming the Chainsmokers’ third top five entry after his “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer“. The song also became Coldplay’s second top five entry after “Viva la Vida”. Also, it became the Chainsmokers’ fifth top 10 entry and Coldplay’s fourth top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In UK, “Something Just Like This” debuted at number thirty on February 24, 2017, reaching its number two peak position the following week. It spent nine consecutive weeks in the top 10.

Of course, a song may sound great, but if it doesn’t mean anything, that’s all it every is–a good sound. Thankfully for fans of these two bands, “Something Just Like This” does have a deep, emotional meaning. The song is sweet, to the point, and I think you’ll find what it has to say beautiful.

Superheroes are hardly a creation of the last 100 years or so. Oh, no. Before Superman, Spider-Man and Batman caught our imagination. However, in our deep heart, most of us have already realized that we’re not heroes. We’re ordinary. We’re regular.

It’s no wonder that some part of us are confused about these realities when it comes to love. We think that we have to be heroic to give another one the love that they need, even though we suspect we can’t really live up to that lofty promise.

In fact, this tension—between the courageous heroes we long to be and the mundane mortals we know that we are—is exactly the subject of “Something Just Like This.”

Chris Martin sings about looking for an ordinary love–not “somebody with some superhuman gifts/ some superhero, some fairy tale bliss”–as frothy synth pads swell into a massive chorus. Throughout, the frontman showcases his vocal range, building from a low croon to a higher-octave yelp. Meanwhile, guitarist Jonny Buckland offers a signature, spiraling guitar solo at the track’s climax.

I like this song because it’s simple and sweet. The cover art is a picture that a young boy pretends to be a superhero, and I think this fits well because many people still want to identify with the precociousness and imagination and ambition of the children they once were. The narrator in this relationship feels like a child wanting to be a superhero, but his adulthood reminds him that superheroes aren’t real and that he isn’t one. The love interest’s response, however, shows him how he can be a superhero for her even if he isn’t for everyone else.

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