Snow Patrol

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Snow Patrol are an Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting 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 group rose to prominence in the 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.

The group was founded at the University of Dundee in 1993 by Lightbody, Michael Morrison, and Mark McClelland as Shrug. After briefly using the name Polar Bear and losing Morrison as a member, the band became Snow Patrol in 1997 and added Quinn to its line-up. Their first three records, the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997), and the studio albums Songs for Polarbears (1998) and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001), were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent labels Electric Honey and Jeepster. The band signed on to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.

Connolly joined Snow Patrol in 2002, and after their major label debut, Final Straw, the following year, the group rose to national fame. The album was certified 5× platinum in the UK and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars", propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released their 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.

During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won seven Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for six Brit Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band have sold over 13 million albums worldwide.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Pop Yearbook 2006 Various Artists 2
2006 Essential Songs Various Artists 1
2006 Liebe ist... Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2006 De Afrekening: Best of 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Essential Bands Various Artists 1
2006 Hit Box: The Very Best of 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Humo's Top 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Kevin & Bean's Super Christmas Various Artists 1
2006 Ö3 Greatest Hits 36 Various Artists 1
2006 Rock Festival 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2007 Plus the Best of 2006 Various Artists 1
2007 One Love Various Artists 1
2007 Angels Fall Various Artists 1
2007 BRITs Hits: The Album of the Year 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 Bravo Hits 56 Various Artists 1
2007 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 14 Various Artists 2
2007 Now Hits & Cool Tracks 1 Various Artists 1
2007 Play It Loud Various Artists 1
2007 Now That’s What I Call Music! 66 (UK) Various Artists 2 1
2007 Essential Songs: Spring Collection Various Artists 1
2007 The Rock Album Various Artists 1
2007 1 Various Artists 1
2007 The Dome, Volume 42 Various Artists 1
2007 UNO Various Artists 1
2007 Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur Various Artists 6
2007 Now That’s What I Call Music! 67 (UK) Various Artists 2.5 1
2007 Ö3 Greatest Hits 39 Various Artists 1
2007 Love the Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2007 1 Various Artists 4 1
2007 Alice Music 11 Various Artists 5 1
2007 Best Vocal Euro 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 Big in UK - The Biggest Smash Hits From Great Britain - Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2007 Now That's What I Call Music! 45 (South Africa) Various Artists 1
2007 Punch Much Various Artists 1
2007 Smashed Various Artists 1
2007 So Fresh: The Hits of Autumn 2007 Various Artists 1
2008 100x Liefde Various Artists 1
2008 Radio 538 Hitzone 44 Various Artists 1
2008 My Songs Various Artists 1
2008 Now That’s What I Call Music! 71 (UK) Various Artists 3 2
2008 Top Gear: Sub Zero Driving Anthems Various Artists 1
2008 KBCO Studio C, 20th Anniversary Edition Various Artists 1
2008 All You Need Is Love Various Artists 1
2008 Arrow Power Ballads Various Artists 1
2008 KFOG: Live From The Archives 15 Various Artists 1
2009 Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs... From Me to You X Various Artists 1
2009 Bravo Hits 64 Various Artists 3
2009 Liebe ist... Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2009 Radio 538 Hitzone 48 Various Artists 1
2009 Balance le son Various Artists 1

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