The Better Life

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This article is about the album by 3 Doors Down. For the Keith Urban song, see Better Life.
The Better Life
Studio album by 3 Doors Down
Released February 8, 2000
Recorded 1999 in New York City
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock, alternative metal, hard rock
Length 40:44
Label Republic
Producer Paul Ebersold
3 Doors Down chronology
The Better Life
(2000)
Away from the Sun
(2002)
Singles from The Better Life
  1. "Kryptonite"
    Released: January 17, 2000
  2. "Loser"
    Released: July 29, 2000
  3. "Duck and Run"
    Released: January 15, 2001
  4. "Be Like That"
    Released: June 11, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]

The Better Life is the debut studio album by American rock band 3 Doors Down, released on February 8, 2000. It has become 6 times Platinum since release. This is the only album on which lead singer Brad Arnold played drums. "Kryptonite", "Loser", and "Be Like That" all reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at No. 3, No. 55, and No. 24, respectively. The Better Life sold 6 million copies worldwide.[4] The album peaked at position No. 1 in the Heatseekers Albums chart.

It is the band's best-selling album to date, with sales of over 5,653,000 copies in the United States, as of July 2014.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Brad Arnold. 

No. Title Music Length
1. "Kryptonite"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 3:56
2. "Loser"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 4:21
3. "Duck and Run"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell, Henderson 3:52
4. "Not Enough"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell, Henderson 3:16
5. "Be Like That"   Arnold, Henderson 4:25
6. "Life of My Own"   Arnold, Harrell 3:59
7. "Better Life"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell, Henderson 3:05
8. "Down Poison"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 4:25
9. "By My Side"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 3:20
10. "Smack"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 2:31
11. "So I Need You"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell, Henderson 3:51
Total length:
40:44

Deluxe edition bonus CD[edit]

A Deluxe Edition with second disc was released in 2007, and featured a live performance recorded at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, Texas.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Duck and Run"   4:42
2. "The Road I'm On"   3:48
3. "Kryptonite"   4:23
4. "Father's Son"   4:43
5. "Better Life"   3:23
6. "Away from the Sun"   4:15
7. "Be Like That"   4:38
8. "Running out of Days"   3:37
9. "Sarah Yellin"   3:29
10. "It's Not Me"   3:27
11. "When I'm Gone"   4:52
12. "Here Without You"   5:06
13. "Loser"   5:44

Singles[edit]

  • "Kryptonite" - February 8, 2000
    • Reached No. 3 on "U.S. Hot 100"
    • Reached No. 1 on "U.S. Modern Rock" (11 weeks) and "U.S. Mainstream Rock" (9 weeks)
  • "Loser" - July 29, 2000
    • Reached No. 55 on "U.S. Hot 100"
    • Reached No. 2 on "U.S. Modern Rock"
    • Reached No. 1 on "U.S. Mainstream Rock" (21 weeks)
  • "Duck And Run" - 2000
    • Reached No. 11 on "U.S. Modern Rock"
    • Reached No. 1 on "U.S. Mainstream Rock" (3 weeks)
  • "Be Like That" - May 20, 2001
    • Reached No. 24 on "U.S. Hot 100"
    • Reached No. 22 on "U.S. Modern Rock"
    • Reached No. 10 on "U.S. Mainstream Rock"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)[6]

Year Chart Position
2000 Top Heatseekers 1
Billboard 200 7
Canadian RPM Albums 6

Personnel[edit]

3 Doors Down

  • Brad Arnold – Lead vocals, Drums
  • Matt Roberts – Lead/rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Henderson – Rhythm/lead guitar
  • Todd Harrell - Bass guitar

Additional musicians

  • Kevin Paige - Keyboards on "Loser", "Be Like That" and "Duck and Run"

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
U.S. Billboard 200 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ "CG: 3 doors down". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Grein, Paul (June 24, 2014). "USA: Top 20 New Acts Since 2000". Yahoo! Music. 
  6. ^ Chart information at AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011.

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