Sugar Ray is an American rock band formed in Newport Beach, California in 1986. Originally playing heavier nu-metal style music, the band achieved mainstream popularity in 1997 with their more pop-influenced single “Fly”. The song’s success led the band to shift its style dramatically to the more radio-friendly pop sound with their subsequent releases. Their best-selling album, 14:59, was released in 1999, and featured popular singles “Every Morning”, “Someday”, followed by a self-titled album in 2001 featuring the single “When It’s Over”. The band would release two further albums, In the Pursuit of Leisure (2003) and Music for Cougars (2009), though the albums and respective singles generally sold far less. The band continued to tour into the 2010s. In 2019, ten years after the band’s last album, they announced their seventh studio album, Little Yachty, in June 2019. The lead single, “Make It Easy”, was released the same month. Here are all of Sugar Ray albums ranked.
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5. Lemonade And Brownies (1995)
“Lemonade And Brownies is quite a great record, from start to finish. A harder to find CD, it is great to pick up when you’re at the record store and don’t know what to get. It’s very easy to like and get into, the vocal qualities of Mr. McGrath are excellent, and Stan’s drumming is great in speed and force. He is one of my favorite drummers on the scene right now. Murphy’s bass is also quite good, and you can hear it well over the hard-edged thrashy guitar played out by Rodney. “
4. Sugar Ray (2001)
“Every song on this record is great. From the opening chords of “Answer To The Phone” to the last distortion guitar on “Disasterpiece”, this album satisfies the listener. In a world with only the extremes on the current music radar (Bubble Gum Pop or Hip hop), Sugar Ray has released an album full of enjoyable songs. “Under The Sun” would remind anyone of their childhood, “When It’s Over” maybe their catchiest single to date, “Waiting” is a truly lyrically touching song from guys who usually write about light fun stuff, “Satellites” has a great refrain, and “Words To Me” is the most fun song I’ve heard in a long time.”
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3. Floored (1997)
“Sugar Ray hit their peak with this album (Floored) which is somewhat sad seeing as how this was their first one… The album itself, rocked! Not at all what one would expect from the hit single “Fly” which one could hear continuously on the radio waves at the time of the albums release.”
2. The Best Of Sugar Ray (2005)
“THE BEST OF SUGAR RAY is the perfect mix of songs that bring back the summer feelings, no matter what season is it’s always fun to listen to them! If you like Sugar Ray’s laid back style, you will really enjoy this. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is even a halfway big Sugar Ray fan!”
1. 14:59 (1999)
“For anyone who has listened Sugar Ray’s first album, 14:59 is a major relief from the bands harsher tones. This album is a definite must have for anyone who frequently wears Hawaiian-style shirts thanks to its laid back and ‘pop-ier’ beats. The album begins with a single 45-second jestful heavy-metal track that signals the end of Sugar Ray’s once famous characterizing trait. The next two songs, ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Falls Apart’ have a distinctive underlying metal rhythm that are complemented by Mark McGrath’s superb and non-metal vocals.”