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Train were inescapable during the turn of the 21st century, when songs like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter" made the San Francisco residents some of America's most popular balladeers. Although formed during the glory days of post-grunge, the group found more success in the pop/rock world, where Train straddled the line between adult contemporary and family-friendly alternative rock. The hits began drying up after 2003, but Train continued releasing material throughout the rest of the decade and even returned to the charts in 2010, when the single "Hey, Soul Sister" became a surprise Top Ten hit. Following the dissolution of his Led Zeppelin cover band, singer Pat Monahan left his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania in late 1993. He resettled in California and crossed paths with Rob Hotchkiss, the former frontman of a Los Angeles group named the Apostles. The two formed their own duo and began playing local coffeehouse shows, eventually expanding the group to a trio with the addition of former Apostles guitarist Jim Stafford. Bassist Charlie Colin and drummer Scott Underwood also climbed aboard, thus solidifying Train's lineup in 1994. Over the course of several years, Train developed a sizable audience in the San Francisco area. The band also toured the country, opening shows for the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows while drumming up enough money to record an album. Although few labels showed interest at first, Train eventually attracted the interest of Columbia Records, who signed the band to one of its smaller labels -- Aware Records -- and issued the self-financed debut record Train in 1998. "Meet Virginia" became a Top 40 hit one year later, but the band truly hit its stride in 2001, when Drops of Jupiter became a multi-platinum success thanks to its titular single. The song remained in the Top 40 for nearly 40 weeks, while the album itself sold more than three million copies. My Private Nation followed in 2003 and went platinum, largely due to the successful single "Calling All Angels." Although the album didn't yield any more Top 40 hits, three of its songs fared well on the adult contemporary charts, a sign that Train had traded its alternative rock roots for an older fan base. For Me, It's You followed in 2006, but sales proved to be the lowest of Train's career. Accordingly, Monahan briefly turned his focus inward, releasing a solo album in 2007 and briefly touring behind it. He returned to the fold shortly thereafter, though, and Train issued their fifth album, Save Me, San Francisco, in 2009. The album helped rejuvenate Train's career, with "Hey, Soul Sister" peaking at number three on the Billboard 100. In 2012 the band released its sixth studio album, California 37, which debuted at number four on the Billboard chart. Despite these successes, the bandmembers felt that mainstream "cool" continued to elude them. Monahan spoke of wanting to record an album that was more commercial, but would also connect emotionally with the public. With these ambitious goals, they knuckled down to writing and recording a new album, though without drummer and founding member Scott Underwood, who left the band amicably before production began and was replaced by Drew Shoals. Train's seventh studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, was finished in 2014 and released in September of that year. It was preceded by the slick, country-tinged single "Angel in Blue Jeans," which didn't make many waves on the charts. Nevertheless, the album debuted at five on the Billboard Top 200. A year later, after Bulletproof Picasso failed to generated any subsequent hit singles -- "Cadillac, Cadillac" and "Bulletproof Picasso" did make the Billboard Adult chart -- Train released the seasonal Christmas in Tahoe. The following summer, Train covered the entirety of Led Zeppelin's second album with Does Led Zeppelin II. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Train

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    9 songs

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    Does Led Zeppelin II [LP]

    12 songs

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    Bulletproof Picasso

    11 songs

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    California 37

    11 songs

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    Save Me, San Francisco

    17 songs

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    Save Me, San Francisco [Golden Gate Edition]

    11 songs

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    Save Me, San Francisco

    13 songs

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    For Me, It's You

    12 songs

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    My Private Nation

    11 songs

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    Drops of Jupiter

    13 songs

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    Train

    3 songs

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    Hey, Soul Sister

    3 songs

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    Get To Me

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    Thank You

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    The Lemon Song

    1 song

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    What Is and What Should Never Be

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    Give It All

    1 song

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    Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life

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    Cadillac, Cadillac

    1 song

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    Bulletproof Picasso

    1 song

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    Angel in Blue Jeans

    1 song

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    What Child Is This?

    1 song

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    Feels Good at First

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    Drive By

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    Brand New Book (Theme From 'The Biggest Loser')

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Top Songs by
Train

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Hey, Soul Sister
  3.   Drops of Jupiter
  4.   Drive By by Smash Mode
  5.   Meet Virginia
  6.   Calling All Angels
  7.   50 Ways to Say Goodbye
  8.   If It's Love
  9.   Shake Up Christmas
  10.   Marry Me
  11.   Save Me, San Francisco
  12.   Joy To the World
  13.   Angel in Blue Jeans
  14.   Feels Good at First
  15.   Free
  16.   I'm About to Come Alive
  17.   Brand New Book
  18.   Following Rita
  19.   Bruises by Ashley Monroe
  20.   When I Look to the Sky
  21.   Brick by Brick
  22.   All I Ever Wanted
  23.   This Ain't Goodbye
  24.   Am I Reaching You Now
  25.   Ramble On
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