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Rob Thomas

As the lead singer and principal songwriter for Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas found success with a blend of '70s rock influences, slick hooks, and '90s post-grunge crunch. The Florida-based band broke through in 1996 with "Push" and never looked back, issuing single after single, scoring hits in various radio formats, and watching their debut LP, Yourself or Someone Like You, go platinum 12 times over in the U.S. Thomas himself won numerous songwriting awards as the scribe of such Matchbox hits as "Real World," "If You're Gone," "Bent," and "Mad Season," and he later parlayed that success into a career as a solo artist. Rob Thomas was born February 14, 1972, on an Army base in Landstuhl, Germany. His parents divorced, and the ex-Army brat spent most of his childhood in South Carolina and Florida. After dropping out of high school at 17, he bounced around the South singing in pickup rock bands before relocating to Orlando in 1993. There, he helped form the band Tabitha's Secret, a precursor to Matchbox Twenty. Although the group enjoyed some regional success, Thomas eventually left the lineup with bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette in tow, and the departing musicians formed Matchbox Twenty with guitarists Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook. The band's multi-platinum debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, established Matchbox Twenty as a superstar act, but Thomas wasn't individually well known. That all changed when Thomas co-wrote the chart-topping single "Smooth" for the Carlos Santana album Supernatural. "Smooth" was ubiquitous in 1999, and it made Thomas a star. The track took home three Grammys, including the coveted Song of the Year award, and Thomas landed on People's Most Beautiful People list. Meanwhile, he also married model Marisol Maldonado. Mad Season (2000) and More Than You Think You Are (2002) continued Matchbox Twenty's success, but after years of touring in support of both records, the bandmembers decided they needed a break, and Thomas used the hiatus to write and record his first solo album. When "Lonely No More" debuted in early 2005, its sleek and funky dance-pop sound was closer to Justin Timberlake than Matchbox, and it helped stir up anticipation for the April release of the chart-topping Something to Be. In 2007, Thomas reunited with Matchbox Twenty for several tour dates and the release of the band's retrospective collection Exile on Mainstream. He then delivered his 2009 sophomore solo effort, Cradlesong, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Three years later, he was once again back with Matchbox Twenty for the group's fourth studio album, North. In 2015, Thomas released his third solo LP, The Great Unknown. The album contained several collaborations including the single "Trust You," which was co-written and produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Rob Thomas

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    6 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

Albums by
Rob Thomas

Top Songs by
Rob Thomas

  1.   Song
  2.   Someday
  3.   Her Diamonds
  4.   Ever the Same
  5.   A New York Christmas
  6.   Trust You
  7.   Little Wonders
  8.   Lonely No More
  9.   Hold On Forever
  10.   Mockingbird
  11.   Something to Be
  12.   Streetcorner Symphony
  13.   This Is How a Heart Breaks
  14.   Little Wonders, song (as used in the film Meet The Robinsons)
  15.   Pieces
  16.   I Think We'd Feel Good Together
  17.   Now Comes the Night
  18.   One Shot
  19.   Things You Said
  20.   When the Heartache Ends
  21.   Lie to Me
  22.   Hard on You
  23.   All That I Am
  24.   Heaven Help Me
  25.   Smooth
  26.   Paper Dolls
  27.   Absence of Affection
  28.   The Great Unknown
  29.   Real World '09
  30.   Getting Late
  31.   Fire On the Mountain
  32.   My, My, My
  33.   Still Ain't Over You
  34.   Cradlesong
  35.   I Am an Illusion
  36.   Wind It Up
  37.   Soul Sick
  38.   NLYTM
  39.   Fallin' to Pieces
  40.   Snowblind
  41.   Gasoline
  42.   Problem Girl
  43.   Sunday Morning New York Blue
  44.   Wonderful
  45.   Give Me the Meltdown
  46.   Natural
  47.   Feel So Bad
  48.   Documentary
  49.   Photo Gallery
  50.   Lyrics
  51.   Extras
  52.   Not Just a Woman
  53.   You Know Me
  54.   Ford
  55.   Pull
  56.   B&B
  57.   Fallen
  58.   3AM
  59.   Bent
  60.   If You're Gone
  61.   Let's Dance
  62.   The Difference
  63.   You Won't Be Mine
  64.   [CD-Rom Track]
  65.   Here Comes The Night
  66.   Dear Joan
  67.   Lonley No More
  68.   Overrun
  69.   Album Version
  70.   Acoustic Version
  71.   From the Past to the Future (Score)

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