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The Fray

By pitching their music somewhere between the arena-friendly style of U2 and the mature pop/rock of bands like Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, the Fray rose to commercial prominence with their 2005 debut, How to Save a Life. The Denver-based band had formed three years prior, when former schoolmates Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals) unexpectedly bumped into each other at a local music store. The pair began a series of two-man jam sessions and soon expanded their lineup with two of Slade's former bandmates, drummer Ben Wysocki and guitarist David Welsh. Slade's younger brother, Caleb, also joined the band for a stint but was ultimately asked to leave; the resulting rift between the two siblings would later inspire the band's first hit single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)." After issuing the Movement EP in 2002, the quartet gained the support of Denver's KTCL radio station with a follow-up release, 2003's Reason EP. As the Fray's airplay increased alongside their local profile (Westword, a Denver alternative weekly publication, deemed them Best New Band in 2004), they began attracting attention from Epic Records. The label ultimately signed the band in December 2004, and the Fray toured alongside Weezer and Ben Folds the following summer. How to Save a Life was released in September 2005, and "Over My Head (Cable Car)" found a quick home on modern rock radio. By early 2006, it had crossed over to Top 40 chart status, peaking at number eight and whetting the public's appetite for another hit. The Fray responded by releasing the album's title track, which was heavily used in a promotional campaign for the TV series Grey's Anatomy and quickly became one of 2006's biggest singles. "How to Save a Life" was a worldwide smash, reaching the Top Ten in the U.S. (where it continued to chart for 58 consecutive weeks) and peaking at number one in Bulgaria, Ireland, Canada, and Spain. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Fray's debut had been certified double-platinum in the U.S. and was declared the best-selling digital album of all time. As How to Save a Life continued to enjoy worldwide chart success, the live album Live at the Electric Factory was released in selected independent stores in July 2006. The Fray re-released their Reason EP the following year while continuing to tour, occasionally playing new material at their high-profile shows. The band also found time to return to the recording studio, and 2009 saw the release of their self-titled sophomore effort, The Fray. The Fray’s third studio outing was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was inspired by the group's trips to Rwanda and Germany. The resulting Scars and Stories, which was named after an unused B-side, was preceded by the single "Heartbeat" and released on February 7, 2012. At the end of the year frontman Isaac Slade confirmed the band was starting work on its fourth record in 2013, and the Fray subsequently headed into the studio with producer Stuart Price (the Killers, Madonna, Keane). Titled Helios, the album was issued in February 2014 and was preceded by the upbeat single "Love Don't Die." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
The Fray

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    3 songs

    Christian Rock

    Christian Rock
    1 song

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    3 songs

    Love Songs

    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    2 songs

    Adult Rock

    2 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    2 songs

Albums by
The Fray

Top Songs by
The Fray

  1.   Song
  2.   Over My Head (Cable Car)
  3.   You Found Me
  4.   How To Save A Life
  5.   Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)
  6.   Never Say Never
  7.   Syndicate
  8.   Heartbeat
  9.   All at Once
  10.   Heartless (Swinghouse Session)
  11.   Look After You
  12.   Happiness
  13.   Run for Your Life
  14.   She Is
  15.   Enough For Now
  16.   Vienna
  17.   Little House
  18.   Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
  19.   Love Don't Die
  20.   Break Your Plans
  21.   Absolute
  22.   Heaven Forbid
  23.   Take Your Time
  24.   Be Still
  25.   Say When
  26.   Here We Are
  27.   Wherever This Goes
  28.   Why
  29.   Dead Wrong
  30.   Same As You
  31.   Closer To Me
  32.   Hold My Hand
  33.   48 to Go
  34.   Hips Don't Lie
  35.   Trust Me
  36.   Without Reason
  37.   Streets of Philadelphia
  38.   Boulder to Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
  39.   Munich
  40.   1961
  41.   The Wind
  42.   The Fighter
  43.   Fall Away
  44.   Our Last Days
  45.   Give It Away
  46.   Maps
  47.   Rainy Zurich
  48.   I Can Barely Say
  49.   Mahna Mahna
  50.   We Build Then We Break
  51.   Interlude 1
  52.   "Chips and Salsa"
  53.   Hundred
  54.   Together
  55.   Turn Me On
  56.   Where the Story Ends
  57.   Interlude 2
  58.   Oceans Away
  59.   Some Trust
  60.   City Hall
  61.   Shadow and a Dancer
  62.   Hurricane
  63.   Ready or Not
  64.   "It's Not Easy Being Skinny"
  65.   Ungodly Hour
  66.   Great Beyond
  67.   Keep On Wanting
  68.   Unsaid
  69.   The Making of Over My Head (Cable Car)
  70.   On the Road
  71.   The Story
  72.   How to Save a Life/The Story
  73.   The Making Of Never Say Never
  74.   Heartless
  75.   Fair Fight
  76.   Be the One
  77.   Uncertainty
  78.   01 Absolute
  79.   New Album Version
  80.   Acoustic Version From Q101
  81.   Video

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