The Young and the Hopeless

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The Young and the Hopeless
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Studio album by Good Charlotte
Released October 1, 2002
Recorded Barefoot Studios, Los Angeles, California, U.S., 2002
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 46:19
Label Epic, Daylight
Producer Eric Valentine, John Feldmann
Good Charlotte chronology
Good Charlotte
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The Young and the Hopeless
Singles from The Young and the Hopeless
  1. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
    Released: September 6, 2002
  2. "The Anthem"
    Released: February 28, 2003
  3. "Girls & Boys"
    Released: May 12, 2003
  4. "The Young & the Hopeless"
    Released: July 4, 2003
  5. "Hold On"
    Released: December 6, 2003

The Young and the Hopeless is the second studio album by American pop punk band Good Charlotte. Produced by Eric Valentine, the album was released on October 1, 2002, in the United States by Epic and Daylight Records.

The album received generally mixed reviews from music critics, but was a major commercial success, going triple platinum in the United States. The album spawned five singles, three of which—"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", "The Anthem", and "Girls & Boys"—crossed over from modern rock radio to pop radio. In support of the record, the band toured exhaustively, mounting two arena tours in one year.


Good Charlotte formed in 1996 “in a garage as starving kids, barely making ends meet.”[2] After leaving their home state of Maryland, Good Charlotte were signed to Epic imprint Daylight Records and released their debut album, Good Charlotte (2000). It did not sell as well as the label hoped, and the group were nearly dropped from the label.[2]

Upon entering the studio, Joel Madden recalled, “we wanted a hit record, to do something big and important.” Eric Valentine often played mediator between the band members, who could often bicker during pre-production.[2] According to Benji Madden, the band were not shy about desiring to make the pop charts:

The Anthem was written after producers of an unspecified movie asked for a song to include on the soundtrack.[3] The song was rejected by the producers however.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Young and the Hopeless debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 117,000 copies.[4] By August 2003, the album had sold over 2 million copies,[5] and by October 2004, three million. At that time, the album was still charting on the Billboard 200, two years after its release.[4]

The album's singles lifted the band from modern rock radios to top 40, with all three major singles crossing over to the format. Each had major success of MTV's Total Request Live.[4] As of 2011, it had sold over 3.5 million copies in the U.S.[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[7]
Melodic 3/5 stars [8]
NME 8/10[9]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[11]
PopMatters (unfavorable)[12]
Uncut 2/5 stars[13]

Reviews of The Young and the Hopeless were generally mixed. Tom Semioli of Allmusic called it "downright predictable," an album that "rehash[es] worn clichés aplenty on each track."[1] Greg Kot of Rolling Stone gave the album two stars out of five, remarking, "Good Charlotte are much more persuasive when they let their vulnerability crack through the surface of these slightly overbaked songs, in which elaborate production touches mask the band's three-chord limitations."[11] Kristina Feliciano of Entertainment Weekly deemed the record generic, writing, "These 14 tidily produced songs not only sound a lot like each other, they also resemble ones by someone else — namely, blink-182. And that band’s tunes derive from elsewhere still."[7]

A reviewer for Uncut was slightly more positive, commenting, "Though, on occasion, they are Green Day-lite, there are enough solid rock moments to keep their youthful following happy."[13] Mark Beaumont of NME was one positive review, saying, "This is the sudden extra fold of punk-pop's cerebral cortex, the evolutionary leap into an unexpected maturity."[9] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters was very negative: when citing lyrics on the album that criticize reviews, he responded, "Maybe if the band dropped all the pretense of their supposed punk aesthetic, from the spiky hair to the piercings, and actually wrote and produced albums that contain good, honest, DIY substance, and not this corporate rock sodapop garbage, then perhaps they could find something a bit more pertinent to complain about."[12]

Retrospective reviews have been more kind to the album; in 2012, Rock Sound stated, "The Young And The Hopeless was the start of Good Charlotte's world domination, and opened up a LOT of doors for people just getting into rock and pop-punk circa 2002."[2] The album was included in Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics list at number 37.[14] The album was included at number 36 on Rock Sound's "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[15] BuzzFeed included the album at number 10 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[16]


The band toured exhaustively in support of The Young and the Hopeless; "I think we did 365 shows in 365 days, for three years. We had about two weeks off each year," said Joel Madden.[2] In 2003, the group performed two arena tours. They first went out on the 2003 Honda Civic Tour, co-headlining with New Found Glory. Their fall 2003 trek was performed alongside supporting acts Eve 6, the Living End, and Something Corporate.[5]

Their experiences at the Reading and Leeds festivals was very negative: the band got bottled by the angry crowd. These experiences, plus poor critical reviews and reception from other bands, made the group "bitter and cynical."[2] In retrospect, Joel Madden remarked, "Everything that you can imagine, we were doing it. There were so many girls, so many parties, so much craziness… I look back now at some of the things I said and did at that time and think ‘What was that all about’?”[2]

DualDisc versions of the album[edit]

This album was included among a group of fifteen DualDisc releases that were test marketed in Boston and Seattle. The DualDisc has the standard album on one side, and bonus material on the second side.

The DualDisc version was later reissued in a more widely distributed version. The original test market version differs from this common version in both packaging elements and in the design of the back of the inlay card.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Benji Madden and Joel Madden, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "A New Beginning" (Benji Madden, Eric Valentine) 1:49
2. "The Anthem" (Benji Madden, Joel Madden, John Feldmann) 2:55
3. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" 3:10
4. "Wondering" 3:31
5. "The Story of My Old Man" 2:42
6. "Girls & Boys" 3:01
7. "My Bloody Valentine" 3:54
8. "Hold On" 4:06
9. "Riot Girl" 2:17
10. "Say Anything" 4:21
11. "The Day That I Die" 2:58
12. "The Young & the Hopeless" 3:32
13. "Emotionless" 4:02
14. "Movin' On" 3:26
Total length: 45:52


Good Charlotte[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • John Feldmann - producer
  • Eric Valentine - arranger, producer, engineer, string arrangements, mixing
  • Ken Allardyce - engineer
  • Nathaniel Kunkel - string engineer
  • Dave Cooley - computer editing
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Stephen Jarvis - equipment technician
  • Brad Aarons - A&R
  • David Massey - A&R
  • Wes Seidman - computer editing
  • Jason Slater - computer editing
  • Trevor Whatever - studio assistant


  • Sam Erickson - photography
  • Sean Evans - art direction


Chart (2003) Peak
ARIA Albums Chart[17] 19
Austrian Top 75[18] 20
Swedish Top 60[19] 7
New Zealand Top 40[20] 78
Billboard European Top 100 Albums[21] 67
UK Top 75[22] 15
Irish Top 50[23] 98
Japanese Album Chart[24] 24
German Top 100[25] 37
Swiss Top 100[26] 46
Dutch Top 100[27] 57
French Top 150[28] 63
Top Pop Catalog Albums 23
Billboard 200 7
Billboard 200 Year-end Chart[29] 18
Top Internet Albums 70
Billboard Comprehensive Albums 49
Chart (2003) Peak
Billboard 200 Year-end Chart[30] 18

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2002 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Modern Rock Tracks 11
2002 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" The Billboard Hot 100 20
2002 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Top 40 Mainstream 30
2002 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Top 40 Tracks 11
2003 "Girls & Boys" The Billboard Hot 100 48
2003 "Girls & Boys" Top 40 Mainstream 90
2003 "Girls & Boys" Top 40 Tracks 110
2003 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Adult Top 40 123
2003 "The Anthem" Modern Rock Tracks 10
2003 "The Anthem" The Billboard Hot 100 43
2004 "Hold On" Top 40 Tracks 39

Chart positions[edit]

Note: for all the certification definitions see: Certifications

Album Artwork[edit]

The album artwork has a striking similarity to a photograph taken by Frank Martin in 1958 of the Evans family from Harlow, Essex, England.[45]


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  17. ^ ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart. ARIA Charts. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
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  19. ^ Swedish Top 60 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  20. ^ New Zealand Top 40 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  21. ^ European Top 100 Albums Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  22. ^ UK Top 75 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  23. ^ Irish Top 50 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
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  25. ^ German Top 100 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  26. ^ Swiss Top 100 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  27. ^ Dutch Top 100 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  28. ^ French Top 150 Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
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  38. ^ Switzerland
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  41. ^ "RIAA Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  42. ^ New Zealand Archived December 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  43. ^ Germany
  44. ^ Disqueenfrance – Certifications Albums Argent - année 2004
  45. ^ "Joan Evans watches television with her husband and four children at... News Photo | Getty Images". Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
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