Goo Goo Dolls' Top Tunes
by Justin Farrar | July 1, 2013
If brand-new album Magnetic has you jonesin' to hear even more Goos, then Rhapsody has the playlist for you. Exactly as advertised, Goo Goo Dolls' Top Tunes contains all the smash hits that have helped make them one of the most successful pop rock acts of the last 25 years. These include everything from "Name" and "Naked" to "Here Is Gone" and "Slide"; and yes, it certainly includes the maniacally infectious "Iris," which in 2012 claimed the No. 1 spot in Billboard's "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012."
But our playlist also offers fans a chance to explore some of the nooks and crannies nestled in the band's long and storied career. After all, by the time the Goo Goo Dolls became bona fide rock stars with 1995's A Boy Named Goo, they had already released four studio albums and played damn near every single dingy-ass club between Buffalo, N.Y. (their hometown) and Los Angeles. Back then, in the late '80s and very early '90s, John Rzeznik and company were thrashy heartland punks deeply influenced by Paul Westerberg and the legendary Replacements. Such qualities are in full effect on early numbers like "I'm Addicted" and "Torn Apart," both of which are fast, furious and brash.