Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band’s members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals). After early successes in the Christian rock scene, Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition with the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major-label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003 and featured the hits “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move”. The album sold over 2.6 million copies. They have since been noted for their energetic live shows and their seventh studio album Hello Hurricane received a Grammy award in 2011 for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Here are all of Switchfoot albums ranked.
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10. Fading West (2014)
“Switchfoot’s new record Fading West is not a rocker like Vice Verses or Hello Hurricane. It’s poppy’er in just the right way. Melodies and hooks easily stick in your head but you won’t mind….they are great. Switchfoot again traverses philosophical topics such as meaning and time well spent. It is a great soundtrack for a road trip or just a jaunt to the beach.”
9. New Way To Be Human (1999)
“Switchfoot’s music is not preachy in any way, and you don’t hear them praising Jesus or anything over and over again. This music is meant for people of all religions; even Switchfoot’s lead singer Jon Foreman said, “Christian is a belief, not a genre.” So that tells you they’re not all over the Christian genre. As a matter of fact some of their songs sound more like love songs anyway, which is something that pretty much almost every band does anyway, so nothing unusual there.”
8. Learning To Breathe (2000)
“Learning to Breathe is one of my favorite albums, period. The depth of the songwriting, musically speaking and lyrically speaking, is just amazing. Switchfoot is about way more than just catchy hooks and a few good lines. They color their chord progressions like crazy. There are always different things going on. Just listen to one of the songs on this album and you will here things you probably didn’t notice something before. They are perfectionists and they made an awesome album hear.”
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7. The Legend Of Chin (1997)
“Every song is extremely amazing. It’s a great listen from beginning to end. You will sing along to almost every song on here. From the great power pop charm of Chem 5A and Might have Ben Hur, to the tender acoustic balladry of You and Don’t Be There. Switchfoot delivers a very consistent set of songs and the fact that this is their debut album makes it so much better because you know there is more to come.”
6. Oh! Gravity. (2006)
“I enjoy every song on the album. Jon Foreman front man and main songwriter is a lyrical and musical genius. Really. And he is wise beyond his years. There are so many fun, energetic songs on this album, also, many thought provoking themes, one example is time. “Dirty Second Hand” how our time/life can slip away so fast, because of that dirty second hand. And the lyrics in “Burn out Bright”, “time was never on our side.”
5. Where The Light Shines Through (2016)
“Switchfoot gets better and better. I thought it would be hard to match the quality of Vice Verses (I wasn’t so thrilled about Fading West), but this matches it without a doubt. It swings, punches, and soars melodically and rhythmically. The intensity of Holy Water eases into the funk (and sweet alternating time signature) of Float, which eases into the mid-tempo Where the Light Shines Through.”
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4. Nothing Is Sound (2005)
“Nothing is Sound is one of my favorite Switchfoot albums because it takes their lovely redemptive feel and gives it a darker edge. Everything in this album is a little bit sadder, a little bit darker, or a little bit louder. Angrier too on occasion, but not too angry. Even though the overall feel of the album is darker it doesn’t lose that redemptive feeling that I love so much about Switchfoot.”
3. Hello Hurricane (2009)
“Hello Hurricane, however, definitively expresses the progression and maturation of their faith. Though the lyrics aren’t implicitly gospel-driven (ie no specific mentions of God or Jesus), it’s more than clear many of their songs detail personal struggles followed by God’s redemption. They manage to rock out hard core and then slow it down with their traditional slow rock ballads.”
2. Vice Verses (2011)
“This album contains my very very favorite song ever. Where I Belong. It’s a great song to hear on the album, even though it is about a million times better live. They usually play it at the end of a show and it just feels like all the songs they played before, everything Jon said in the show, every beating pulsing soul in the place, was all building up to this. This beautiful moment where people pull out there hand-made flags and Jon takes them all on stage and we all just sing. Vice Verses is a phenomenal album by it’s own right (in my opinion anyway) but it will always hold a special place in my heart for giving us this song.”
1. The Beautiful Letdown (2003)
“There are so many high points on this album: “Meant to Live” is a great rock song that probes the meaning of life and the desire inside each one of us for “second life”. This single is being played on many rock radio stations around the country. Listening to this song will cause you to dance and desire for a live performance! “This is your life” has a cool techno/bass beginning an some amazing hooks. “More than Fine” is a song that keeps getting better each time you listen. Wonderful melodies/rhythms and a great song to bob your head to. The album ends with a beautiful ballad “Twenty-four”.