Yourself Or Someone Like You
Released: Oct 1996
Believe it or not, Matchbox Twenty had been together for just over a year before releasing their debut. Yourself Or Someone Like You was a massive success thanks in large part to the group's knack for grafting arena-sized hooks to jangly alterna-pop (think the Gin Blossoms crossed with Collective Soul). With his rich and deep voice, Rob Thomas is the superstar x-factor, coming off like a cute and cuddly Eddie Vedder. The big hits were "Push" and the charmingly restless "3 a.m.," but "Long Day," "Real World," "Back 2 Good" and "Girl Like That" all found their way on to mainstream radio.