Well, I believe that every band should have some softer songs- some with more depth and meaning in them. Don't get me wrong- Coldplay songs have a lot of messages in them but The Scientist is one of those songs that really makes people THINK. Maybe that is the reason people like it... if you concentrate on the lyrics more than the music, you might be able to find the hidden meaning in it...
Sometimes when you say that a song is ,,beautiful'' you may point the musical part,but to get a complete view on a song you must find the nucleus wich is represented by the meaning of the words.All is like a fruit.The life is in the seed,and the Coldplay's songs are made to be understood.If the message is strong,emotional and powerfull,you are ready to say that this song is beautiful.If you understand the Scientist,this question will be worthless.
We LIKE The Scientist. That doesn't necessarily mean we LOVE AND ADORE thatr song. We may, but does that mean it's our favorite song? My favorite is Amsterdam. I like The Scientist, I love The Scientist (I love ALL Coldplay songs!) BUT - The Scientist is not my favorite. See what I mean?
I love clocks also, but the scientist is a very touching song. It talks about how we lose people in our lives and how we think back to the happy times we had with them and how its hard for us to just let them go. Everyone can relate some difficult emotional experience in their lives from the scientist.