" Yellow" is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay . The band wrote the song and co-produced it with British record producer Ken Nelson. It was for their first album Parachutes. The song was released across the world in June 2000. It was the second single off the album following "Shiver". It was the lead single in the United States. The single reached number four in the UK Singles Chart. This gave the band their first top- five hit in the United Kingdom . The song made the band very popular. Various recording artists worldwide have since made their own versions of "Yellow". It remains one of the band's most popular songs.