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Matchbox Twenty

Upon the release of their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, in fall 1996, Matchbox Twenty was pigeonholed as one of the legions of post-grunge guitar bands that roamed the American pop scene in the middle of that decade. As their first single, "Push," climbed the charts, it was widely assumed (at least by cynical critics) that they were a one-hit wonder, but Yourself or Someone Like You continued to spin off singles well into 1998. By that time, the group's blend of '70s arena rock and early-'90s American alt-rock -- closer to Pearl Jam and maybe R.E.M. than Nirvana -- had become the sound of mainstream American rock. That transition slipped underneath the radar of many pop music critics and fans. Yourself or Someone Like You sold millions of copies without ever truly dominating the charts -- by 1998, it had gone platinum five times; by 2000, ten times. At no time did the record top the charts, but it was always around, a staple of modern rock, adult alternative, and Top 40 radio alike. Matchbox Twenty was omnipresent because they managed to blend the structure and sentiment of '70s arena rock with '90s hard rock, thereby winning a large audience by seeming simultaneously classicist and modern. They were a little more classicist than modern, but that's the reason why they became America's most popular rock band of the late '90s -- even if nobody quite realized they had achieved that status.

The de facto leader of Matchbox Twenty is lead singer and songwriter Rob Thomas. An Army brat born on a military base in Germany, Thomas spent much of his childhood between his mother's house in Florida and his grandmother's place in South Carolina. The stress of the constant movement spilled over into his schoolwork, and he dropped out of high school at the age of 17. He spent some time wandering around the Southeast, singing in a variety of rock bands before he made Orlando, Florida his home base. There, he met bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette, and the three spent several years drifting through local bands before Matchbox Twenty officially formed. They rounded out the lineup with Adam Gaynor (rhythm guitar, vocals), who had previously worked at the Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, and Kyle Cook (lead guitar), a former student of the Atlanta Institute of Music.

The band hooked up with Collective Soul producer Matt Serletic and recorded a batch of demos, which helped the band secure gigs throughout the U.S. Soon, the band signed to Lava, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, and recorded its debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, also with Serletic. The album was released in October 1996 to little attention, but Matchbox Twenty continued to tour America, cultivating a fan base. They eventually landed their single "Long Day" on several influential radio stations, which paved the way for their breakthrough hit, "Push." In spring 1997, "Push" began climbing its way to the top of the modern rock charts, as it received heavy airplay from radio and MTV. By the summer, the single was in the modern rock Top Ten, and Yourself or Someone Like You had reached the album Top 40 and gone gold.

As it turns out, "Push" wasn't the culmination of their work but the beginning of a somewhat surprising success story. During fall 1997, the record picked up momentum, as "3am" became a bigger hit than "Push," propelling Yourself or Someone Like You to multi-platinum status. Early in 1998, the group was named Best New Band by Rolling Stone's annual reader's poll -- proof that, even if Matchbox Twenty wasn't winning critics, they were winning over a wide, mainstream audience. The band and its debut album continued to sell at a steady pace throughout the year as the singles "Real World" and "Back 2 Good" joined "Push" and "3am" as radio favorites. Throughout it all, Matchbox Twenty stayed on the road, at home and abroad. They did well in foreign territories, including Canada, but they truly connected with Australia, where they went platinum eight times; in neighboring New Zealand, the band went quintuple platinum.

Matchbox Twenty reserved 1999 as the year to record their eagerly anticipated second album, but they didn't disappear from the spotlight, due to the unexpected success of "Smooth," a Santana song co-written and sung by Rob Thomas. "Smooth" was one of many songs sung by celebrities on Santana's cameo-studded comeback album Supernatural, but it was the one chosen as the lead single. A wise choice, as it turned out, since it became a true pop phenomenon, topping many radio charts and driving Supernatural to multi-platinum sales and many industry awards. Throughout the second half of 1999, "Smooth" was inescapable, as it and Supernatural sat on the top of the pop charts. Its success brought more attention to Matchbox Twenty, and Yourself or Someone Like You rocketed to over ten million copies sold -- which now qualified it for the RIAA's Diamond Award, which is only granted to records that have moved over ten million units. On top of that, Thomas was named BMI's 1999 Pop Songwriter of the Year, for "Smooth" and his work with Matchbox Twenty. Early in 2000, Thomas won three Grammys for "Smooth" -- Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

All of this success happened as Matchbox Twenty was recording their second album, again with producer Matt Serletic. The success raised expectations for the new album, entitled Mad Season, which was released in May 2000. Two years later, the band emerged with its third album, More Than You Think You Are. With this particular record, the band shared songwriting duties as a whole for the first time ever. Despite, or perhaps because of, the band's success and frequent touring, Matchbox Twenty decided to take a break from recording and in 2005, Thomas released his debut solo album, Something to Be. Featuring a more polished funk and dance-influenced sound, the album sold well and spawned several hit songs, including "Lonely No More" and "This Is How a Heart Breaks." In 2007, the reunited Matchbox Twenty -- with Doucette now on guitar replacing Gaynor, who left the band in 2005, and Push Stars' Ryan MacMillan on drums -- delivered the hits collection Exile on Mainstream which included a bonus EP of new tracks. North, the band's fourth studio album, and first official release since 2002, arrived in September 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Going going
Love this song
Say iphone 5 times pick a color post on 5 other songs look under pillow
luckyheartz7 7
<3 them even now
pattyoxiner
Sweet
Every track on this album is awesome!
I miss this s**t so bad
edmoeduardo
I'm sad
iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone Orange
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this 5 times on 5 songs look under your pillow
real world
I wanna cry.......
Unwell is far from the best song by Matchbox twenty. It's overplayed to.the point it's annoying. However, I love let's see how far we've come. Pandora, let's see how far we've come is not a 90s song.
Saw you years ago at electric factory in Philadelphia awesome and still are
love this song
G-gigglo if you don't like don't comment it's mean rude and a little annoying
audrey384
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
Matchbox Twenty is typical generic music I can't stand.... and it's always played at supermarkets and drugstores!! ! !
I can hear them whisper, and it makes me think there must be something wrong with me...
How true for me...
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on five other songs
Then look under ur pillow
Spam spam spam spam spam spam
@kitty346_99

Finally someone who gets it!
Say selna then clap 5x then post this on 2 other songs and check your voice
It would be great if certain people in the comments would figure out the difference between song pages and artist pages. WE HAVE NO CLUE WHAT SONG YOU ARE REFERRING TO!!!
i love this song
This song is the bomb.com
I still remember the vid for real world. Rob thomas was the ish
Rob Thomas is the bomb!
Man I love this song!!
What the SMURF is this?!?!? SMH @ this pop song.
Favorite song is "Long Day" and I like Rob Thomas (:
purplechicke n 7 9
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear in big letters across the screen this is so scary because it actually works!
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love this song!!

Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works
3 days ago
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Not my.


















JAM!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !



























ME MAD
Duncev4., Are you the one?
It......It didn't Work!!!
chain messages are stupid
1 kiss your hand 2 say your crushes name 3 say a day 4 say your name 5 close your hand 6 post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
f**kin love this tune
Aw so sexy thank u 90s for matchbox 20 and rob Thomas
hgirlfletch9
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
jakeamycrew
This is NOT fake . If you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day ever of your life tomorrow . You will either get kissed or asked out . If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight . In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
tcoble97
did any one else notice that one of them is peeking?
fung.gj2000
Don't read this because it DOESNT work. THIS IS FAKE AND MADE TO WASTE YOUR TIME. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes you will f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it DOESNT work. SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL OF PANDORA TO STOP THESE STUPID COMMENTS
If You're Gone. that's true because we go way back, all the way to our childhood and then some
mpadilla962
Love Rob Thomas/Match o x 20!!
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