The Better Life

The Better Life
The Better Life
Studio album by 3 Doors Down
Released February 8, 2000
Recorded 1998 in New York City
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, alternative metal
Length 40:44
1:36:40 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Republic
Producer Paul Ebersold
3 Doors Down chronology
3 Doors Down
(1996)
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]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]

The Better Life is the first studio album by 3 Doors Down, released on February 8, 2000. It has become 6 times Platinum since release. This is the last album that lead singer Brad Arnold played drums on. "Kryptonite", "Loser", and "Be Like That" all reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at #3, #55, and #24, respectively. The Better Life sold 6 million copies worldwide.[3] The album peaked at position #1 at the heatseekers albums charts in February.

It is the band's best-selling album to date, with sales of over 5,598,000 copies in the United States, as of December, 2010.[4]

Contents

Track listing

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

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)[5]

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


Deluxe Edition Bonus CD

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

  1. "Duck and Run" 4:42
  2. "The Road I'm On" 3:48
  3. "Kryptonite" 4:23
  4. "Father's Son" 4:32
  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 from The Better Life

  • "Kryptonite" - February 8, 1999
    • 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, 1999
    • 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"

Personnel

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"

References

External links


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