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Evanescence filled a niche few knew existed: the need for operatic goth pop, soul-baring introspection paired with churning metallic guitars. Singer/pianist Amy Lee cut such a figure fronting the group that it was easy to not think of Evanescence as a band, but rather a support group for her songs. After some lineup shifts, however, including the departure of founding member Ben Moody, the band consolidated and remained one of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s. Amy Lee met Moody at a youth camp in their native Little Rock, Arkansas in 1994. Lee and Moody worked steadily together, releasing three EPs at the tail end of the '90s, followed by a full-length album called Origin. By this time, the group was called Evanescence, and they signed with Wind-Up Records in 2002, expanding to a full lineup consisting of guitarist John LeCompt, bassist Will Boyd, and drummer Rocky Gray not long after the completion of the band's major-label debut, Fallen. Released in the spring of 2003 and initially marketed toward CCM audiences -- an association the band disavowed rather rapidly -- Fallen quickly proved to be a success thanks to the hit single "Bring Me to Life," which was soon followed by "My Immortal," both reaching the Billboard Top Ten in the U.S. All this success led to two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Hard Rock Performance, but a split within the ranks soon emerged, with Ben Moody leaving the group during their European tour. Terry Balsamo, late of Cold, replaced Moody on guitar and became Amy Lee's main songwriting partner. The fruits of their collaboration would take a while to surface as Evanescence continued to ride the success of Fallen, buying time with Anywhere But Home -- a live album timed for the holiday season of 2004 -- and then suffering a few setbacks in 2005, with Boyd leaving the band and Balsamo suffering a stroke. The group's sophomore set, The Open Door, finally arrived in October of 2006, with Tim McCord -- formerly Revolution Smile's guitarist -- joining on bass after its release. Spearheaded by the single "Call Me When You're Sober," The Open Door didn't quite match the success of Fallen but it performed handsomely, debuting at number one on Billboard the week of its release. During the supporting tour for The Open Door in 2007, LeCompt was fired from the band and Gray quit, with guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt hired to take their respective places. It was another long wait for the group's third album, with the band scrapping sessions helmed by famed producer Steve Lillywhite before hiring Nick Raskulinecz, who wound up producing the eponymous album that appeared in October 2011, a full five years after The Open Door. Like its predecessor, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. A massive tour took up much of 2012 (including stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America), after which Lee announced that the band would take an extended break. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Bring Me to Life
  3.   My Immortal
  4.   Call Me When You're Sober
  5.   Going Under
  6.   My Heart Is Broken
  7.   My Last Breath
  8.   Lithium
  9.   The Only One
  10.   Haunted
  11.   Tourniquet
  12.   The Other Side
  13.   What You Want
  14.   Everybody's Fool
  15.   Whisper
  16.   On the Songs: My Heart Is Broken
  17.   Sweet Sacrifice
  18.   Taking Over Me
  19.   Imaginary
  20.   Hello
  21.   Missing
  22.   The Change
  23.   All That I'm Living For
  24.   Good Enough
  25.   Weight of the World
  26.   Breathe No More
  27.   Erase This
  28.   Showtime
  29.   Made of Stone
  30.   On the Songs: Lost in Paradise
  31.   Snow White Queen
  32.   Bloopers
  33.   Lost in Paradise
  34.   Lacrymosa
  35.   On the Songs: Disappear
  36.   Sick
  37.   Oceans
  38.   Secret Door
  39.   Cloud Nine
  40.   Lose Control
  41.   Never Go Back
  42.   A New Way to Bleed
  43.   Thoughtless
  44.   Disappear
  45.   Swimming Home
  46.   Together Again
  47.   Your Star
  48.   Say You Will
  49.   End of the Dream
  50.   Wake Me Up Inside
  51.   On the Songs: Never Go Back