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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

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
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    Movie Tracks
    1 song

Albums by
Good Charlotte

Top Songs by
Good Charlotte

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Anthem
  3.   Thank You Mom
  4.   Little Things
  5.   I Just Wanna Live
  6.   I Don't Wanna Be in Love
  7.   Girls & Boys
  8.   The Young and the Hopeless
  9.   If You Leave
  10.   The Truth
  11.   Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
  12.   The River
  13.   Like It's Her Birthday
  14.   Hold On
  15.   My Bloody Valentine
  16.   Life Can't Get Much Better
  17.   Waldorfworldwide
  18.   Riot Girl
  19.   Wondering
  20.   I Heard You
  21.   Cars Full of People
  22.   The World Is Black
  23.   Say Anything
  24.   The Story of My Old Man
  25.   East Coast Anthem
  26.   Reason to Stay
  27.   There She Goes
  28.   A New Beginning
  29.   Emotionless
  30.   Complicated
  31.   40 oz. Dream
  32.   Last Night
  33.   Falling Away
  34.   Predictable
  35.   Walk Away (Maybe)
  36.   The Chronicles of Life and Death
  37.   Change
  38.   Walk By
  39.   Festival Song
  40.   WAR
  41.   The Outfield
  42.   Right Where I Belong
  43.   Break Apart Her Heart
  44.   Misery
  45.   In This World (Murder)
  46.   It Wasn't Enough
  47.   We Believe