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From the loss of friends and family to the celebration of marriage and parenthood, our writers recall the times when music hit home this year
Fix You by Coldplay
I couldn’t be more surprised to find myself writing about Coldplay playing Fix You at Glastonbury as my musical moment the year. I’m not one of those people who thinks Coldplay are the living embodiment of all that’s wrong about latterday rock music, but nor am I, by any stretch of the imagination, a big fan. Fix You is pretty much the apotheosis of what I don’t like about Coldplay: the vague, woolly sentiments, the feeling that it was written with the intention of getting vast crowds of people to pull out their lighters, a calculated exercise in button-pushing manipulation, rather than a genuine expression of emotion.