The best rock album of our generation is Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album. I’ll admit that Stephen Jenkins is not a great singer. He’s not even a great songwriter. But everything comes together organically in one of the only rock albums where there is no filler material, where every song is worthy (can’t say the same about The Killers debut album). Even the ordering of the tracks is well thought out, putting you through a little emotional roller coaster ride of loneliness and heartbreak. And the most brilliant thing about the album is the two best songs were not put on the radio (Motorcycle Drive By, God of Wine).

39 thoughts on “BEST ROCK ALBUM

  1. jack

    I would never admit it to anyone I had met in person, but I agree with you it is a very good album and one of the best I own (I also agree about the last 2 tracks, both favorites of mine.) I have trouble calling it a Rock album. I’d probably call it Pop – whatever that means.

    they are horrible in concert though. at times I wondered if they were playing the same songs that were on the album. Bands in my high school were better musicians than them.

  2. Adam

    Gotta say I agree with you – def not the best rock album but WAY up there – and you pinpointed it on the Motorcycle Drive By and God of Wine. MDB has to be one of the most underrated songs of all time, and I’m glad it’s not on the radio. Then rock snobs/psuedo-hipsters like me wouldn’t be able to proclaim it’s greatness because everyone would know of it!

    But Best Rock Album? That’d be either Vs. or Ten by Pearl Jam. Take your pick.

  3. Anonymous

    I agree. It is an excellent alubum. And yes, the best songs are on the second side (Motorcycle, God of Wine, Background), not the ones on the radio (How’s it going to Be, Jumper, Semi Charmed).

    Good call.

  4. Brian

    Hahaha! Im officially ripping this site off my RSS feeds. Youve shown your true colors with this one. Peace.

  5. RCR

    The singer would fuck my college girlfriend’s roommate whenever he was in town. Apparently she met him after a show in Baltimore. She was his DC girl (or at least one of them). That’s really all I have to say about Third Eye Blind.

  6. DCB Post author

    Typical of those bashing this post to offer zero suggestions of what might be better. Newsflash: no one cares about your lame indie rock band.

  7. Muffin

    Oh, DCB. Your awful choice here only makes me love your blog more. Bad taste is like kryptonite to my natural sense of revulsion.

    My music recommendations for you:

    Versus – Secret Swingers: 90s Indie Pop. Good times.

    Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea: My reoccurring current fav.

    Arctic Monkeys – Beneath the Boardwalk: Northern British drunking rock band. Yeah.

  8. Jinxy

    I agree. Somewhat. The best songs are the final two and they’re real good.

    But if you can help it, don’t try to do karaoke to “Semi-Charmed Life” in a redneck bar in Jacksonville, Florida.

  9. V

    I also have a Stephen Jenkins story: I was covering their act at the Edge Fest concert for my local newspaper, and he was really hitting on me and this other girl with a toungue ring (he remarked: “what do you do with that”). This is particularly gross because I had just turned 16…and he was what, 30? Eeew.

  10. Kathryn

    Jinxy, that’s awesome.

    And V & RCR – let’s all have a moment of silent sympathy for his live-in love Vanessa Carlton. And for Charlize Theron’s shame any time she remembers spending years of her life on him.

  11. troy biggs

    Did your little sister write that post? Should we expect a Backstreet Boys review soon? Wow……

  12. Aja

    “Simple Man” by Lynard Skynard and “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals are my personal rock best. Probably not the same context of “rock” referred to by DCB, but agree that TEB’s debut album was good enough that i still have in rotation, along with Marcie’s Playground. But best album, by far Tool’s “Aenima”.

  13. Aja

    P.S. i think if you truly have an appreciation for music, you can look beyond the commercial hits and find the one or two musical masterpieces in the artists repertoire. All musics serves a purpose distinct to wherever we are in our lives. Honestly, don’t hate, appreciate.

  14. Liz

    But best album, by far Tool?s ?Aenima?.

    That is a great album. I love ‘Undertow’ as well.

    Maynard is much better in Tool than he was in A Perfect Circle imo.

  15. jessa j

    oh dcb – we were almost a match made in heaven, that is until you knocked my indie rock.

    do yourself a favor and get some ryan adams and coheed and cambria.

    p.s. third eye blind doesn’t even consider themselves to be rock… you shouldn’t either.

  16. Anonymous

    Seriously, don’t listen to these tools: Take it form me, a musician- 3 eb is a great album. There is something to be said for liking an artist simply because they are good, rather than liking them because they are “hip,”- obscure and no one has heard of them. It takes a lot of work to be cool.

  17. Muffin

    Ryan Adams – he is so great. I love “Summer of ’69”!!

    “Take it form me, a musician …”


  18. Liz

    “Take it form me, a musician- 3 eb is a great album.”

    If we were talking about EDM I bet you’d say that Tiesto is the greatest DJ ever, too.

  19. I-66

    I’ll take Throwing Copper by Live every day of the week and twice on Sundays over Third Eye Blind…

    …also, Nevermind by Nirvana and Smash by The Offspring — to name a few.

  20. jessa j

    muffin i said RYAN adams…not byran adams HUGE fucking difference. and i never said 3eblind wasnt a good band – i just said they arent rock.

  21. Matt

    Where to start. Nevermind overrated?? Third Eye Blind was the worst live band I have ever seen, I wont bash the album, but it is not the best rock album of our time, there are many better, these are the top 3.

    1. OK Computer – Radiohead
    2. Nirvana – Nevermind
    3. Guns and Roses – Appetite for Destruction

  22. Muffin

    Jessa. I was kidding. Go to a Ryan Adams show and yell out for “Everything I Do”. See wha happa. 🙂

  23. Eric

    I would suggest as a definitive album, or at least a much better rock album of the last 20 years to be any of the following:

    Anything by the Verve (‘A Northern Soul’, ‘A Storm in Heaven’, or ‘Urban Hymns’)

    Interpol’s debut album (‘Turn on the Bright Lights’)

    Radiohead (‘the Bends’, ‘OK Computer’)

    Stone Roses (self-titled album or ‘Second Coming’)

    the Beta Band (‘3 EPs’, ‘Hot Shots II’, or ‘Heroes to Zeros’)

    Doves (‘Last Broadcast’)

    My Bloody Valentine (‘Loveless’)

    Smashing Pumpkins (‘Siamese Dream’)

    Jesus and Mary Chain (‘PyschoCandy’)

    basically, anything other than the third-eye blind trash you recommended. That’s just terrible. What’s your #2 album?, I’m assuming either Matchbox 20 or the Goo Goo Dolls.

  24. Phil

    I happen to agree with DCB, for a change. This probably does nothing to lend credence to his position, and my agreeing with him probably hurts it more than anything.

    Yes, Semi-Charmed Life was way over-played on the radio and has now become sort of an annoying anthem along the lines of anything by the Spin Doctors, but otherwise it is a great album.

    I also liked their follow up ‘Blue’. “Out of the Vein” was sort of an attempt to recreate the first album but fell short – similar sounding songs with different lyrics.

    I wouldn’t call it the best rock album (and if anyone has seen them live, they are not ‘pop’) but I would rank it in my top 10.

    I would rank albums like Pearl Jam’s ’10’ and U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ at or near the top of my list, but I will say I am a big 3EB fan.

  25. Anonymous

    The fact that you compare it to the Killers debut, as if being better somehow makes it worthy of “Best Rock Album” status, generation or no, pretty much says everything that needs to be said about the validity of your opinion.

  26. Bathroom Reading

    When you say, “our generation,” what do you mean? Because I’d put Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ up there. Or Led Zeppelin IV. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park. Or am I showing my age?

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