Matchbox 20 is a rock band formed in 1995 in Orlando, Florida. The original members of this band were Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, Kyle Cook, and Adam Gaynor. In 2004, the band took a hiatus when Adam Gaynor left the band, but they reformed in 2007 with Paul Doucette replacing Gaynor. They released their debut album ‘Yourself or Someone Like You’ in 1996 and instantly gained international recognition. Matchbox 20 has released a total of four studio albums, three video albums, two Eps, one compilation album, 19 music videos, and 24 singles. Here are the 10 best Matchbox 20 songs of all time.
10. How Far We’ve Come (2007)
Released in 2007, ‘How Far We’ve Come featured on the compilation album ‘Exile in Mainstream.’ It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 23 weeks, peaking at number 32. The lyrics of this fast-paced song list some of the terrible things that have happened in the world, but the lyrics also celebrate how people have come through these difficult times.
9. Bright Lights (2003)
‘Bright Lights’ shows a different side to Matchbox as it is a ballad that starts off slowly and then picks up the pace. It is also an excellent example of a track that showcases the musical talents of the band members. At the beginning of the song, Rob Thomas sings and plays piano, and the middle and end of the song feature the guitar. ‘Bright Lights’ is one of the singles released from the album ‘More Than You Think You Are,’ and it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. Disease ((2002)
One of the best tracks from Matchbox 20’s third studio album, ‘More Than You Think You Are,’ is ‘Disease.’ The band’s lead singer Rob Thomas co-wrote this song with rock legend Mick Jagger. It is notable for the beginning of the song, which features some outstanding guitar playing. This single peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for this single features a man with a boombox skateboarding through New York.
7. Back to Good (1998)
‘Back to Good’ was written by Rob Thomas and Matt Serletic, and it is a song about a relationship that has gone wrong. It was the fourth single released from Matchbox 20’s debut album, ‘Yourself or Someone Like You.’ It was the first of Matchbox 20’s songs to become eligible for entry on the Billboard Hot 100, and it peaked at number 24. It was also the band’s fourth top 20 hit in Canada, peaking at number 11.
6. Push (1997)
‘Push’ was the second single released from the album ‘Yourself or Someone Like You.’ In the United States, it reached number two on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart, number three on the Mainstream Top 40 Airplay chart, and number six on the Adult Top 40 Airplay chart. It was also a top ten hit in Australia and Canada. The song was written by Rob Thomas and Matt Serlatic, and Serlatic also produced the track.
5. Real World (1998)
Although this song was not eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It was also successful in Canada, where it reached number five on the charts. The song is about Thomas wondering what it is like to live in various other bodies and settings. This track was the final single released from the album ‘Yourself or Someone Like You.’
4. If You’re Gone (2000)
‘If You’re Gone’ reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 20 hit in Australia and New Zealand. It was the second single released from the band’s second studio album ‘Mad Season.’ Rob Thomas wrote the song just after meeting the woman who later became his wife. They spent a few weeks apart and spoke on the phone every night, and it made him think what would happen if his lifestyle due to the music industry would make it difficult to establish a relationship.
3. Unwell (2003)
The Top Tens lists ‘Unwell’ as one of the best Matchbox 20 songs. It is the second single released from the album ‘More Than You Think.’ The single became the third of Matchbox 20’s songs to chart in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number five. It also topped the Adult Top 40 Airplay chart and was a top ten hit in Canada and New Zealand. Rob Thomas wrote the song, and the word ‘unwell’ is used as a metaphor for humanity.
2. 3 AM (1998)
‘3 AM’ topped the Canadian, US Adult Top 40, and the US Adult Alternative charts. It was the third single released from the band’s debut album, ‘Yourself or Someone Like You.’ Rob Thomas co-wrote this song with Jay Stanley, John Leslie Goff, and Brian Yale when they were performing together in the band ‘Tabitha’s Secret’ in the early 1990s. Tabitha’s Secret was the first to record the song, and it featured on their self-titled debut EP.
1. Bent (2000)
According to Classic Rock History, the best Matchbox 20 song of all time is ‘Bent,’ which is from the 2000 album ‘Mad Season.’ Rob Thomas described this rock ballad as the first conscious love song that he wrote, and it is about a couple who both have issues, and their problems are not resolved by being together. It is the only Matchbox 20 song to have topped the Billboard Hot 100.