Snow Patrol Albums Ranked

Snow Patrol is a Northern Irish-Scottish rock band, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, The current, official lineup (as of 2020) consists of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals). Initially an indie rock band, the band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement. Connolly joined Snow Patrol in 2002, and after their major-label debut album, Final Straw, the following year, with “Run” the album’s major hit, the band rose to national fame. The album was certified 5× platinum in the UK. Their next studio album, Eyes Open (2006), and its hit single, “Chasing Cars”—the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio—propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year. In 2008, the band released its fifth studio album, A Hundred Million Suns; then, in 2009, they released their first compilation album, Up to Now; and, in 2011, released their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires. The band released their seventh album, Wildness, on 25 May 2018. Here are all of Snow Patrol albums ranked.

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10. Greatest Hits (2013)

“This collection of classic Snow Patrol is a great introduction to the band. The inclusion of a new song is just icing on the cake. “The Lightning Strike” is a beautiful song with a haunting melody. Since it was included on the “Epic” trailer, my kids are now fans of Snow Patrol as well.”

9. Reworked (2019)

“I absolutely love what Snow Patrol has done with these songs. The reworked versions have been quieted down, yet they scream emotion. “Run” is the only track on the album that hasn’t resonated with me immediately, as the “electronic” vocal may take some getting used to. Great album – some new perspective on previous tracks- I loved the reworked version of Empress and the new track “I think of home”

8. Up To Now (2009)

“Snow Patrol’s “Up to Now” album is really good. It has a lot of peaceful music, both happy and sad, and others are just all-around relaxing. It is a great album and definitely worth the $15 I payed for it. It was a worthy investment, especially because this is the first Snow Patrol material I own in my music library.”

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7. When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up (2001)

“This album is Snow Patrol’s best. You don’t play this album at a party. This album disappoints some people because it’s very introspective. If you want pop tunes, go with one of their more recent efforts. This album captures the moment of ache and agony when you know you and your partner are over. The lyrics make my heart ache. The drums hint at impending doom. The guitar notes are somber yet beautiful and tender.”

6. Wildness (2018)

“This is such a personal, intimate album. Very much a work poured from Gary’s healing, and recovery from a dark place. It’s so wonderful to see Gary’s smile, his joy, palpable in interviews and shows in Ireland promoting the album release. This hands down is their best album.”

5. Songs For Polarbears (1998)

“Songs For Polar Bears is a good debut, it allows you to hear where the band started at and their earlier sound, on this album the band has more of a alternative rock sound in many of the songs that the band is unrecognizable. I personally love this album not only because i’m a big Snow Patrol fan but because Songs For Polar Bears is their roots the album sounds fun, the band experimented and recorded an amazing start that later paid of for the band. Highly recommended.”

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4. Fallen Empires (2011)

“This album seems to be the culmination of everything Gary and Snow Patrol have worked towards, “New York” may be one of the best songs I have ever heard and needs to get put back on the air. There is a little bit of wanting to go back to Songs for Polar Bears experimentation but it doesn’t overwhelm the album. I just want to know when they are going to release their next one, we’ve been waiting a long time.”

3. A Hundred Million Suns (2008)

“Well, I liked “Suns” on the first listen and feared that it would grow tiresome soon, but it didn’t. In fact, some songs that I was ambivalent about on first listen have really grown on me (“Engines”) and have become my new favorites. To be honest, neither the music nor lyrics are much of a departure from “Eyes Open” or “Final Straw”. A lot has been written about the “bold experiment” of the three-song cycle “The Lightening Strike”, but I think it’s kind of a cheat to call this anything but three distinct songs strung together by subject matter and lack of a silent pause b/w songs. “

2. Final Straw (2003)

“This is what I call a “break up” album – an album about the poignancy of relationships, and about misunderstanding and sadness, and about the games we play, but also about the strange nobility of sadness. It’s catchy, often bright, but also thoughtful and introspective. The two acts it calls to mind are Coldplay and Belle & Sebastian. It’s a bit less “state of the nation” than Coldplay, and maybe more focused than B & S. “

1. Eyes Open (2006)

“‘Eyes Open’ by Snow Patrol is one of those very rare albums (like the first album by BOSTON, or the Gin Blossoms, etc.) that from the first few notes you know you have a musical collection that will get ‘stuck’ in your CD player for weeks and weeks. There is not a bad song on this CD, and several that are wonderful. I appreciate a band that is NOT yet another derivative imitation of some other band’s sound.”