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East Coast post-grunge/pop-punk outfit Good Charlotte was founded in 1996 by identical brothers Joel and Benji Madden. Inspired by a Beastie Boys performance on their 1995 Ill Communication tour, the Maddens enlisted the help of several high-school classmates in assembling a band that combined the energetic elements spawned from '70s punk with the sentimental ballads of mainstream corporate rock. Good Charlotte was soon formed, with Joel Madden handling lead vocals and Benji Madden playing lead guitar. Paul Thomas (bass) and Aaron Escolopio (drums) completed the early lineup, while Billy Martin later joined as a second guitarist. Although the band hailed from the suburban town of Waldorf, Maryland, Good Charlotte quickly made a name for itself in nearby Washington, D.C., playing the WHFS annual rock show HFSFestival in 1998 and 1999. A year later, the band issued its spunky self-titled debut on Epic, and the single "Little Things" made minor waves. The Madden brothers scored a gig as MTV VJs and soon were all over the network's late-night rock show All Things Rock, which gave their band's profile a boost. The two spent time behind the scenes writing songs for their sophomore album, but Escolopio left the group to join his brother in Wakefield before recording could commence. Josh Freese was quickly enlisted as the band's temporary drummer (Chris Wilson would later replace him permanently). By the fall of 2002, Good Charlotte prepared to release The Young and the Hopeless, and the band's expanded audience was ready. Singles "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Anthem" catapulted the group into the mainstream in 2003 and eventually drove the album into triple-platinum sales; shared dates with New Found Glory for the third annual Honda Civic Tour were equally successful. In 2004, Good Charlotte returned with The Chronicles of Life and Death, which hit number three on the Billboard charts but failed to sell as well as the band's previous album. Wilson exited the band in mid-2005, citing health reasons, and later went on to join the Summer Obsession. Dean Butterworth (who had previously drummed for Morrissey, among others) joined up in time for sessions for the crew's fourth album, which were held in Vancouver and away from the Madden-loving paparazzi (especially Joel and his then-girlfriend Hilary Duff). The much more varied Good Morning Revival appeared in late March 2007, spearheaded by the single "The River," which featured M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. In 2009 the bandmembers announced that they were returning both to the studio and their punk roots. The group's fifth album, Cardiology, was released in 2010. Cardiology peaked at 31 on the charts and Good Charlotte then went on hiatus. The Madden Brothers released a soft rock solo project called Greetings from California in 2014, and then the pair reconvened Good Charlotte for 2016's Youth Authority. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Good Charlotte

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    '00s Alternative
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Albums by
Good Charlotte

Top Songs by
Good Charlotte

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Anthem
  3.   Thank You Mom
  4.   I Just Wanna Live
  5.   Little Things
  6.   I Don't Wanna Be in Love
  7.   Girls & Boys
  8.   If You Leave
  9.   The Young and the Hopeless
  10.   The Truth
  11.   Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
  12.   Hold On
  13.   Like It's Her Birthday
  14.   Once Upon a Time: The Battle of Life and Death
  15.   The River
  16.   Life Can't Get Much Better
  17.   Keep Swingin'
  18.   My Bloody Valentine
  19.   Stray Dogs
  20.   40 oz. Dream
  21.   Riot Girl
  22.   The Motivation Proclamation
  23.   Broken Hearts Parade
  24.   We Believe
  25.   The Day That I Die
  26.   Say Anything
  27.   Cars Full of People
  28.   There She Goes
  29.   1979
  30.   I Heard You
  31.   WAR
  32.   The Outfield
  33.   Stick to Your Guns (Interlude)
  34.   Fight Song
  35.   The River
  36.   Misery
  37.   S.O.S.
  38.   Meet My Maker
  39.   In This World (Murder)
  40.   Secrets
  41.   The Click
  42.   Emotionless
  43.   Wondering
  44.   Waldorfworldwide
  45.   Makeshift Love
  46.   Right Where I Belong
  47.   Sex On The Radio
  48.   All Black