Matchbox Twenty: most underrated band of the 90s

matchbox20When most people think 90s rock bands, they think Pearl Jam, Goo Goo Dolls, Nirvana, Green Day, Blink-182 and maybe Oasis or Nine Days if they’re well-versed in 90s rock. Most people forget about the post-grunge, arena/alt rock blend Matchbox Twenty, which is probably the most underrated band of the 90s.

Besides hit singles like “Push” and “3AM,” Matchbox Twenty was more than just a post-grunge band. Taking elements of 70s arena rock — power ballads and anthemic choruses and band commercialization — and fusing it with the 90s alternative rock movement started by Nirvana, Matchbox Twenty managed to create a unique sound that grew to become the blueprint for pop rock in the early 2000s.

Basically, Matchbox Twenty directly influenced the genre of rock as we know it today. By writing songs like “3AM,” “How Far We’ve Come,” and “Unwell,” Matchbox Twenty made alternative rock “radio-friendly,” creating a popular sound that grew the rock ‘n’ roll fan base.

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What would the radio be like without Matchbox Twenty? If it weren’t for Matchbox Twenty’s influence, the radio would feature far less rock music than it does today, especially on popular music stations. And who knows how the rock genre would have developed throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s if Matchbox Twenty’s “Push” had never topped the charts and catapulted the band to fame in 1997?

If you haven’t listened to Matchbox Twenty, and you call yourself a rock music enthusiast, drop everything and pull up Pandora or Spotify. This band has affected your perception of rock ‘n’ roll, and you don’t even know it. This band helped make alternative rock popular. Matchbox Twenty is far from “just another post-grunge band,” it’s one of the most influential bands at the turn of the 21st century.

Photo credit: By Sry85 – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

4 comments to “Matchbox Twenty: most underrated band of the 90s”
  1. I have been a Matchbox Twenty fan since I heard Push in 1996. I got the chance to meet lead vocals, Rob Thomas with a meet and greet I won from being in his fan club on Sept 30, 2009 at The Fox in Atlanta, GA. Check off box from my bucket list. Bravos to you guys….. Every time someone thinks of me, they automatically think Matchbox Twenty…..

  2. I’ve been a Matchbox Twenty fan since their beginning, and a enormous fan of Rob Thomas!! I got to meet him and Mari this past NYE 2015 ~ 2016 n ring in the new year’s in Austin Tx at a benefit. Best NYE ever!!! They are so awesome cool n laidback. Marisol is a true gem! MB20 Rt my all time favorite band and solo artist!! Matchbox Twenty are tremendously under-rated. .

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