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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 time 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 band'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." The band returned in 2016 with a greatest-hits collection entitled Through the Years: The Best of the Fray. The compilation was led by the single "Singing Low." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
The Fray

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    3 songs

    Christian Rock

    Christian Rock
    2 songs

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