Exile on Mainstream

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Exile on Mainstream
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Greatest hits album / Studio album by Matchbox Twenty
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded 1996–2002; 2007
Atlanta, Nashville, New York
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 70:07
Label Atlantic
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty chronology
More Than You Think You Are
Exile on Mainstream
Singles from Exile on Mainstream
  1. "How Far We've Come"
    Released: September 4, 2007
  2. "All Your Reasons"
    Released: January 18, 2008 (Australia)
  3. "These Hard Times"
    Released: January 29, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars[1]
Alternative Addiction 4.0/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Exile on Mainstream is the first compilation album by American rock band Matchbox Twenty featuring seven new songs that emerged from a 12-song recording session in L.A., produced by Steve Lillywhite, and 11 greatest hits songs. The album was released on October 2, 2007, exactly 11 years and one day since the release of the band's debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. Paul Doucette, originally the band's drummer, played rhythm guitar due to Adam Gaynor's departure.[5] The album's title is a reference to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (the track "Disease" was co-written with Mick Jagger).[6]

All seven of the new songs on the album were credited to the members of Matchbox Twenty, a first for the group. Prior to this, the songs either were credited to Rob Thomas himself or co-written with various members of the band.

The album was available for pre-order on September 4, 2007 from iTunes. The full album was released on VH1's "The Leak" one week prior to release. It leaked onto the Internet on September 28, 2007, four days ahead of the official release date. The album debuted on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart on October 8, 2007 at number-one with sales of 18,199 units.[7] In the U.S., the album debuted at number-three on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.[8] The album was released in a USB wristband format as well as the 2-CD edition making Matchbox Twenty the first band to do so.

The first single, "How Far We've Come", was released on July 16, 2007, and charted in the top 10 in Australia[9] and in the top 20 in the United States. Paul Doucette announced in mid-October that "These Hard Times" would be released as the album's second single in early 2008. In Australia, "All Your Reasons" was released as the second single instead of "These Hard Times", and the single is available on the Australian iTunes Store.

The album has sold 660,319 copies as of June 7, 2008 and was certified gold in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matchbox Twenty.

Exile on Mainstream – Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "How Far We've Come"   3:31
2. "I'll Believe You When"   3:16
3. "All Your Reasons"   2:40
4. "These Hard Times"   3:48
5. "If I Fall"   2:48
6. "Can't Let You Go"   3:28
7. "Come Dancing" (iTunes pre-order) 3:38
Total length:

All songs written by Rob Thomas, except where noted

Exile on Mainstream – Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Long Day"     Yourself or Someone Like You 3:45
2. "Push"   Thomas, Matt Serletic Yourself or Someone Like You 3:57
3. "3 A.M."   Thomas, John Goff, Jay Stanley, Brian Yale Yourself or Someone Like You 3:44
4. "Real World"     Yourself or Someone Like You 3:50
5. "Back 2 Good"   Thomas, Serletic Yourself or Someone Like You 5:37
6. "Bent"     Mad Season 4:16
7. "If You're Gone"     Mad Season 4:34
8. "Mad Season"     Mad Season 5:07
9. "Disease"   Thomas, Mick Jagger More Than You Think You Are 3:38
10. "Unwell"     More Than You Think You Are 3:48
11. "Bright Lights"     More Than You Think You Are 4:01
Total length:



Charts (2007) Peak
position [10][11]
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 54
Canadian Albums Chart 8
Dutch Albums Chart 98
German Albums Chart 28
Irish Albums Chart 9
Japanese Albums Chart 135
New Zealand Albums Chart 2
Swiss Albums Chart 46
UK Albums Chart 53
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Top Alternative Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1


Year Song U.S.
Hot 100
Modern Rock
Mainstream Rock
Adult Top 40
Top 40 Mainstream
Pop 100
2007 "How Far We've Come" 11 3 14 13 7
2008 "All Your Reasons" (Australia only) 34
2008 "These Hard Times" 112 7 40 92


Preceded by
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace by Foo Fighters
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 8–22, 2007
Succeeded by
Delta by Delta Goodrem