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Exile on Mainstream is the first compilation album by American rock band Matchbox Twenty featuring seven new songs that emerged from a 12-song recording session in L.A., produced by Steve Lillywhite, and 11 greatest hits songs. The album was released on October 2, 2007, exactly 11 years and one day since the release of the band's debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. Paul Doucette, originally the band's drummer, played rhythm guitar due to Adam Gaynor's departure.[5] The album's title is a reference to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (the track "Disease" was co-written with Mick Jagger).[6]

Exile on Mainstream
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Greatest hits album / Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2007
Recorded1996–2002; 2007
Atlanta, Nashville, New York
Matchbox Twenty chronology
More Than You Think You Are
Exile on Mainstream
Singles from Exile on Mainstream
  1. "How Far We've Come"
    Released: September 4, 2007
  2. "All Your Reasons"
    Released: January 18, 2008 (Australia)
  3. "These Hard Times"
    Released: January 29, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.0/5 stars[1]
Alternative Addiction4.0/5 stars[2]
Blender2/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[4]

All seven of the new songs on the album were credited to the members of Matchbox Twenty, a first for the group. Prior to this, the songs either were credited to Rob Thomas himself or co-written with various members of the band.

The album was available for pre-order on September 4, 2007 from iTunes. The full album was released on VH1's "The Leak" one week prior to release. It leaked onto the Internet on September 28, 2007, four days ahead of the official release date. The album debuted on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart on October 8, 2007 at number-one with sales of 18,199 units.[7] In the U.S., the album debuted at number-three on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.[8] The album was released in a USB wristband format as well as the 2-CD edition making Matchbox Twenty the first band to do so.

The first single, "How Far We've Come", was released on July 16, 2007, and charted in the top 10 in Australia[9] and in the top 20 in the United States. Paul Doucette announced in mid-October that "These Hard Times" would be released as the album's second single in early 2008. In Australia, "All Your Reasons" was released as the second single instead of "These Hard Times", and the single is available on the Australian iTunes Store.

The album has sold 660,319 copies as of June 7, 2008 and was certified gold in the United States.


Track listingEdit

All songs written by Matchbox Twenty.

Exile on Mainstream – Disc one
1."How Far We've Come"3:31
2."I'll Believe You When"3:16
3."All Your Reasons"2:40
4."These Hard Times"3:48
5."If I Fall"2:48
6."Can't Let You Go"3:28
7."Come Dancing" (iTunes pre-order)3:38
Total length:23:50

All songs written by Rob Thomas, except where noted

Exile on Mainstream – Disc two
1."Long Day" Yourself or Someone Like You3:45
2."Push"Thomas, Matt SerleticYourself or Someone Like You3:57
3."3 A.M."Thomas, John Goff, Jay Stanley, Brian YaleYourself or Someone Like You3:44
4."Real World" Yourself or Someone Like You3:50
5."Back 2 Good"Thomas, SerleticYourself or Someone Like You5:37
6."Bent" Mad Season4:16
7."If You're Gone" Mad Season4:34
8."Mad Season" Mad Season5:07
9."Disease"Thomas, Mick JaggerMore Than You Think You Are3:38
10."Unwell" More Than You Think You Are3:48
11."Bright Lights" More Than You Think You Are4:01
Total length:46:17


  • Rob Thomas – lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
  • Kyle Cook – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Adam Gaynor – rhythm guitar and backing vocals on Disc 2
  • Paul Doucette – drums on Disc 2, rhythm guitar and backing vocals on Disc 1
  • Brian Yale – bass
  • Ryan MacMillan – drums on Disc 1



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Alternative Addiction review
  3. ^ Blender review Archived August 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  5. ^ matchbox twenty Breaks From 'Exile' With New Tunes
  6. ^ Cashmere, Paul (August 14, 2007). "Matchbox Twenty Exiled". Undercover Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  7. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Mainstream Tops Mainstream Chart". Undercover. Retrieved October 9, 2007.
  8. ^ Katie Hasty, "Springsteen Is Boss Of Album Chart With 'Magic'",, October 10, 2007.
  9. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "US Charts > Matchbox Twenty". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  11. ^ "Matchbox Twenty - Exile On Mainstream worldwide chart positions and trajectories". Retrieved October 23, 2007.