Third Eye Blind, also known by the abbreviation 3EB, is an alternative rock group. Forming in the early ‘90s in San Francisco, they provide a unique blend of rock, alternative, and pop. The band consisted of Stephan Jenkins (Lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Kevin Cadogan (lead guitar), Arion Salazaar (bass guitar) and Brad Hardgreaves (drums).
Songwriters Steven Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the bands first major recording contract with Elektra records in 1996. This was reported as one of the largest deals ever for an unsigned artist.
The band went on to release 4 albums. Now with only Jenkins and Hardgreaves from the original members.
The band met huge success and was found to be an essential addition to any ‘Summer Jams’ mixed CD’s. Their last album, Ursa Major, was released in 2009. Since then there have been many plans and rumors circulating about a 5th album. In 2013, Jenkins announced plans for a 5th album to be released by that June. However, on January 5th, 2014 Jenkins tweeted “My New Years resolution is album five by summer.” The next day he followed up with “We are in fact at the East West Studios in Hollywood recording album 5. So there”.
With multiple top 10-billboard hits, and of course those songs that shoul have been hits but for some reason never made the charts, it’s difficult to say what the best Third Eye Blind songs are. But, with this brutal winter upon us, what better way to fight back nature than sorting that out? Especially with the upcoming 5th album to prepare for!
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10: “I Want You”
An interesting song, “I Want You” is an upbeat song with some sad undertones. About the mundane practices of everyone else, the song goes into a fun desire for another person. Simple enough, “I Want You” is a good song to listen to when thinking about that crush that just doesn’t seem to see you. With some beautiful metaphors, this song might be a good addition to any CD’s you might be thinking about putting together for your significant other this upcoming Valentines Day!
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9: “How’s It Gonna Be”
One of their top 10-billboard hits, “How’s It Gonna Be” makes it to #9 on this list. Whether moving away for college or a recent breakup, we’ve all had that moment. That moment of wondering what comes next, what’s going to change? Third Eye Blind’s song gives us something to relate to. The song stands as an Anthem for the unknown, and the underappreciated.
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8: “Crystal Baller”
Another song of want and uncertainty, “Crystal Baller” is a fun, fast paced song. More positive than other songs, this song has one simple message, “I want to be there for you”. This is the band’s ode to optimism.
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7: “Deep Inside of You”
“Deep Inside of you” has a lot going on. A romantic song, Third Eye Blind attempts a song that encompasses the unity of all things. Everything is inside of you. The song has a haunting tone that is easy to play on repeat.
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6: “Semi-Charmed Life”
This song reached #4 in the U.S and the Top 40 in the UK. Being featured in numerous movies, the song left it’s mark. Jenkins says the song was a response to Lou Reeds’ “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”, told from a San Francisco perspective.
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5: “Never Let You Go”
“Never Let You Go” remains to be a fun summer jam. Whether you want to dedicate this song to your significant other or drive around with the top down, the song fits many moods and situations. One of Third Eye Blinds more passionate songs, “Never Let You Go” is a song about living life, pure and sweet.
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This song is for those of us who just can’t get over that ex. All the fun and hurt are balled up into one song. Being blinded by love can be a truly terrible thing, but Third Eye Blind, as always, is able to make it sound so good. The story of tension and general status confusion is a great song to dance to alone or with friends.
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3: “10 Days Late”
With that haunting sound only Third Eye Blind can achieve, “10 Days Late” makes it to #3 of our list. “Funny how she always cried out daddy”, this song is about…. well, being 10 days late. The song reflects all the fear and confusion that centers on an unplanned pregnancy. With its quick tempo and powerful sound, “10 Days Late” is great to blast and sing at the top of your lungs.
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2: “Can’t Get Away”
A sweet song, “Can’t Get Away” has that nice ‘90s pop influence. With an easy to sustain speed, the song is good to unwind, or get pumped for a night out. Silly, fun, and cute, this
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1: “Losing a Whole Year”
Finally, we have “Losing a Whole Year” at out #1 spot. A ballad to the rise and fall of relationships, the song boasts great lyrics and sound. The song is the epitome of Third Eye Blind songs. With a solid story and tons of emotion, there’s just no beating it.