Snow Patrol

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Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish/Scottish 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 early-mid 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Songs for Polarbears 4
2001 When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up 6
2003 Final Straw 3.5 11
2006 Eyes Open 4 13
2008 A Hundred Million Suns 3 11
2011 Fallen Empires 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2009 LateNightTales: Snow Patrol 1
2009 Up to Now 3 5
2012 Snow Patrol 2
2013 Greatest Hits 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Snow Patrol: Sessions@AOL 1
2004 Live at Somerset House 2
2005 Live At The Opera House 1
2009 iTunes Live from London 1
2009 iTunes Festival: London 2009 1
2004-03-29: Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK 1
2004-03-29: Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK 1
2004-05-07: Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW, USA 1
2004-09-22: Minneapolis, MN, USA 1
2007-02-27: Key Arena, Seattle, WA, USA 1
2007-03-30: Métropolis, Montréal, QC, Canada 1
2007-07-18: Dodge Theater, Phoenix, AZ, USA 1
Black Session 2004 1
Live at London Calling 2001 1
Live at T in the Park 2004 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Little Hide 1
1998 One Hundred Things You Should Have Done in Bed 1
1998 Velocity Girl / Absolute Gravity 2
1999 Starfighter Pilot 1
2001 Ask Me How I Am 1
2001 One Night Is Not Enough 1
2003 Spitting Games 3
2003 Run 2
2004 Chocolate 1
2004 How to Be Dead 2
2006 You're All I Have 3
2006 Chasing Cars 4
2006 Hands Open 1
2006 Set the Fire to the Third Bar 1
2007 Open Your Eyes 1
2007 Shut Your Eyes 3
2007 Signal Fire 3
2008 Take Back the City 7
2008 Crack the Shutters 2
2009 Just Say Yes 2
2011 This Isn't Everything You Are 2
2012 In the End 1
2013 The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Live and Acoustic at Park Ave. 1
2011 Called Out in the Dark 3


Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Selections From "Final Straw" 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Chasing Cars (Live in Toronto) 1
2008 2008-09-23: BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge: London, UK 1
2007-02-27: Key Arena, Seattle, WA, USA 1
Live in Edinburgh 1
Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking (Live From Edinburgh) 1
SonyConnect Acoustic Set 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Starfighter Pilot Remixes 1

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