95 responses to “Monday Comes Around Song Discussion: What Album Solidified You As A Switchfoot Fan?”

  1. Alex Hoteck

    Beautiful Letdown was my only album by Switchfoot since 2004 but Oh! Gravity (my second Switchfoot album) made me realize they were my favorite band.

    1. benjamink

      Same here – I loved Beautiful Letdown and Dare You to Move/This is Your Life/Gone were what launched me into the Switchfoot sound (I still consider Dare You to Move a flawless rock song), but it was my love of Oh! Gravity that solidified them forever as a favorite band of mine. I also loved going back and discovering their earlier albums – so many great tunes!

    2. Carys UKswitchfoot

      Saaaame, O!G will always be my favourite, even though it’s not the overall fan favourite, haha!

    3. Larkin

      My fav. Is new way to be human!! Best album SF has done!!!I love Sooner or Later!!

  2. Eddie

    I always had heard classics such as Dare you to Move, and Meant to Live but never necessarily realized who they were by. I got Your Love is a Song on a Wow Hits CD and loved it but did’t look into the band at all. Air1 radio played Dark Horses a fair amount during their Mixology hour. Then they started playing Afterlife. The lyrics and music intrigued me and I grew to love the song. I went to Walmart not long after and picked up Vice Verses. When The Original came on after Afterlife I knew I made a good choice and fell in love with the album and band. The versatility of the album I think caught my attention. Selling the News to Blinding Light to Souvenirs its got a lot of variety. I went back to the store a couple days later to buy Hello Hurricane. Vice Verses started it all for me. I wish I had discovered them sooner so I could experience all the other album releases.

    1. Annie

      ^same here. Vice Verses was the first SF album that I recognized Switchfoot for Switchfoot’s sake. Wish I would have noticed them earlier to be part of the other albums more than going back and seeing how great it was.

      1. michaela

        same here 2 words VICE VERSES my youth pastor took me to the fest and they played songs from VICE VERSES i did not know it was songs from VICE VERSES because this was my FIRST Switchfoot concert from the firs note i was hooked
        i didn’t even know there names my first look at this band i knew i like them i thought Tim was cute and i touched Jon while he was walking through the crowed singing restless

    2. Tasha

      I agree! If I was going to persuade someone to become a face of Switchfoot I would have two words for them: Vice Verses. That album was PERFECTION

  3. Guimel

    I think for me it was also Nothing is Sound. I became a fan a few months before it came out, so I became a fan based on The Beautiful Letdown. Nothing is Sound was the first experience for me waiting for a Switchfoot album to come out. I kept listening to the first four tracks that they posted on their myspace everyday in anticipation. Because I couldn’t buy music online at the time, I asked one of the members of the switchfoot boards to mail me a copy and I paid her back. When I got it in the mail, I was so excited and never stopped listening to the album. I would listen to it all day, every day, memorizing each song, each word, relishing each lyric. It was a powerful album for me. Around that time was when my sister started getting suicidal thoughts and when she attempted to kill herself and those songs got me through. I always thought of the song Golden when I thought of her and I tried to share the beautiful message in Switchfoot’s songs with her. Nothing is Sound was the moment where my love for the band was deepened and where I knew that this band would never leave my heart and my life.

    Since then, Hello Hurricane is the album that renewed that love for me (I felt the same about it as I did Nothing Is Sound) but, NIS is definitely the album that marked me as a fan.

  4. Ryan

    The first Switchfoot song I ever hear was “Meant to Live”. I remember I was in like 6th grade (now a freshman in college) and I had really no interest in music other than listening to it in the car. But when I heard that song on the radio at my friend’s house, I just felt this sudden spark of interest and I knew that these guys were going to be great for me. So when I got home, I looked up Switchfoot on google (nobody knew about YouTube yet) and the second song I ever heard from them was “Stars”. And from then on, I knew these guys were special. So I asked around and my older brother actually had the album “The Beautiful Letdown”, and from then on, I’ve loved these guys ever since. I’ve listened to their music for (pretty much) every day for 6 years.

    1. Ryan

      But a really really reassuring album for me was Hello Hurricane. That is my favorite album I’ve ever listened to. Hello Hurricane, you can’t silence my Love. I think the reason it really applies to me is because I always feel like I’m in a constant Hurricane and that I’m always in the tension. And that’s what that album to me is – tension. It’s a beautiful, scary, and very real thing, and that’s why the rawness and honesty of the lyrics go with me wherever I am in life. “Don’t let go, don’t give up Hope”. So great. These guys have been real rocks in my life, and have gone along with me for this crazy journey of life. It’s hard to believe that HH is already 4 years old! It seems like it came out just yesterday!

  5. Mika

    The Beautiful Letdown is what sealed it for me. I remember I was on a road trip and feeling pretty homesick. I randomly turned it on during the car ride and I just remember thinking, “This is home”. They’ve been my constant companions ever since.

  6. MatthewB

    The album for me was The Beautiful letdown. I was in second grade (6 years old), now I’m 17 and a senior in high school. I didn’t really listen to much music but Switchfoot clicked with me and I’ve been with them ever since. My Dad actually introduced them to me when i was having a rough time. Not sure how I’d be without them, they are a true inspiration!

  7. Mason Haynie

    I don’t mean to be a copycat of you Jeanna, but I completely agree with you about Nothing is Sound. Up until TBL came out, my dad was the one buying the Switchfoot CDs. I thought they were fairly good (I was only 10 at the time, don’t judge me) and I figured buying one for my own wouldn’t hurt. After listening to NiS a couple times, I couldn’t believe it. It’s one of the most sonically, tonally, and lyrically cohesive albums out there, and probably their heaviest and darkest album to date. The first half of the album is the most perfect 6-song progression in the SF library, and as emotionally gripping as HH was, I have to say that it doesn’t match the genius of their greatest album to date and probably forever: Nothing is Sound.

  8. Joel

    Hello Hurricane has ALWAYS been my favorite album! Everything about it is amazing and breathtaking to me! Drew’s intuitive fretwork, Timmy’s solidifying bass lines, Chad’s adventurous drum fills, Jerome’s invaluable and essential sound-shaping, and of course, Jon’s always incredible songwriting…all of these elements combined to make HH the best record Switchfoot had made up until its release!

    Another album that is one of my favorites is Nothing Is Sound. Tracks 1-3 are three of the best SF songs ever written! I am a bassist myself, so Tim’s bass lines are especially prominent to me, and Lonely Nation is the song that, to me, defines his style, skill, and influences completely and perfectly!

    I’m beyond excited to hear Fading West in its entirety now more than ever!

  9. Cody

    For me it was the Beautiful Letdown. I remember hearing songs like meant to live and dare you to move when they came out and liking them. But at the time I didn’t really have access to look them up online. Then Stars and nothing is sound came out and I remember liking stars. I asked for a Switchfoot album for Christmas and I got nothing is sound, I only really listen to stars. I didn’t really get into the rest of the album I thought it was protest music with songs like Lonely nation ad politicans and the was even a song that talked about sex. A few years later in the summer of 07 I earned some money and picked up a copy of the beautiful letdown. In the next few weeks I would fall I love with it and then truely listen to the awesomeness of Nothing is sound

  10. Jessie P

    I, too, began listening to Switchfoot shortly after “The Beautiful Letdown” was released. I think I was in… what, 5th grade? Anyway, we were required to share our favorite Christian song in my Bible class, so I chose “Learning to Breathe”. Where I’d initially heard it, I can’t remember; all I’d listened to up at that point was “The Beautiful Letdown”, and I’ve never seen “A Walk to Remember”. Anyway, at that point and time, computers were new to me, so I ended up just purchasing the entire collection of “The Early Years” (it was all they had at WalMart) just so I could get this one song. After sharing my song in class, I thought, “You know, I should probably listen to these albums, since I own them now.” I loved every last one of them, but I think what really swept me up was the combination of “The Beautiful Letdown” and “Legend of Chin”; I felt like I learned so much from “Legend of Chin” (“Grow where you are”? Those words still speak volumes to me!), but I could also tell from “The Beautiful Letdown” that more great things were to come from this band, and they haven’t disappointed me yet.

  11. Kris

    I was working for a paint company in high school when “Meant to Live” came on the local rock radio station. It was so different from other alternative songs at the time, it still is. “We were meant to live for so much more” was the message that I believed, and still do.

    I was a leader for a middle school youth group when I was a junior in high school. One of the kids gave me the The Beautiful Letdown as a gift. I listened to it over and over and over.

    I was a fan.

    Even now, Switchfoot means more to me musically, lyrically, and emotionally than any other band. Many of the songs push my heart further than any hymn could ever hope to accomplish.

  12. Shelby

    Learning to Breathe and Hello Hurricane were the two most significant albums for me when I was getting into Switchfoot. My mom bought Learning to Breathe for my 11th birthday. She literally had never heard of the band before but saw it in a store somewhere and thought it looked interesting. I listened to that album all through middle school. Then right after Hello Hurricane came out I went and bought it after someone posted a link to Your Love is a Song on facebook, and really fell in love with that album more than any of their other songs I’d ever heard. And yeah, the rest is history. Hello Hurricane is my favorite album, now but I still feel like Learning to Breathe is really special for me, cause it started it all.

  13. Jake

    Oh! Gravity caught my attention the most when I was first getting into Swithfoot. From the first moment I heard “Awakening”, I knew I was onto something special. It’s still one of my favorite Switchfoot songs. While Oh! Gravity is not my favorite Switchfoot album, songs like “Faust Midas and Myself,” “Yesterdays,” “Let Your Love Be Strong,” and “Burn Out Bright” grew on me a lot while I was first getting into the band.

  14. Tyler

    The Beautiful Letdown was the first Switchfoot album I ever had. It was on sale when borders bookstores were closing, and it had gone and meant to live on it, so I said why not. I was at the point of having a new favorite band every month or two at the time, but eventually switchfoot held the top spot for quite a while. When Vice Verses came out, I asked for it for my birthday, and got it. After listening to it once, it was clear to me that switchfoot would be my favorite band for the rest of my life. I really can not think of another band even coming close.

  15. Losemyself4good

    I’d heard (and loved) DYTM and MTL on mix cds that my dad would make and play in the car, and eventually even Chem 6a. So I asked my parents to pick up TBL for me when the went to town one day. The store didn’t have it, and I got NIS instead – probably the best thing that could have happened. I’ve been hooked ever since, and that album has ALWAYS been my favourite. First, because it was the one that I knew all of the songs, but as I’ve grown as a person and as a musician, the honesty and musicality of the album have really come out to me, and I find myself wowed by it the entire way through every time I listen to it.

  16. Doug

    Many peoples lives are changed by a moment in life. Mine was no different, something as simple as a lyric in a song that became the song that pumped life into my heart and giving me the vision of my future. “We were meant to live for so much more” was my new way of living that year I recommitted my life to Christ. The album The Beautiful Letdown catapolted my desire and passion to be more. I wore that album out like a pair of your favorite sneakers. I knew that every switch foot album after that was going to be the music of my life. I today have become what God have intended me to be.
    Thank you Jon,Tim,Drew,Chad, Jerome you guys our my modern day disciples.

  17. Galilea

    Hello Hurricane and Vice Verses, The song that introduced me to Switchfoot was “Your love is a song”, but I became a huge Switchfam with Vice Verses, when i heard “Restless” in the radio I fell in love.

    1. Golden Girl

      I will agree with you on the first part. Your love is a song is what solidified me as a Switchfoot fan, but I think NIS really grounded me in as a Switchfoot fan

  18. Devin Smith

    We used to have a nearby Christian Rock station that would often play songs off of Learning to Breathe (this is pre-TBL, by the way). My dad bought the album and my whole family fell in love with it.

    But, The Beautiful Letdown solidified my appreciation for Switchfoot. I’ve never heard a better collection of songs in my entire life, and probably never will.

  19. Golden Girl

    Definitely Hello Hurrricane. The first Switchfoot song I recognized was Your Love Is a Song and that album has always been my favorite Switchfoot album. I had heard DYTM but nothing stuck out to me about it, but as soon as I heard YLIAS I looked up Switchfoot on the internet and instantly fell in love.HH was my first album, NIS my second album, then TBL, then O!G, The best yet, NWTBH and LTB double take, bought a few songs off of LOC, and finally VV. In between that a bunch of eps and such. Yeah so my love for Switchfoot began at HH and grew rapidly as you’ve seen, and between HH and now my love for them has grown majorly.

  20. theblindleadingtheliedto

    I started listening in early 2011… So Hello Hurricane was the one for me :) Vice Verses is my current favorite though.

  21. Leigh

    It was a slow realization for me. I started listening when I was 11, and Learning to Breathe was the most recent album. I listened to all three albums a lot, and learned so much from them all, “Live and Love and Why” and “Only Hope” especially. I went to my first show right after The Beautiful Letdown came out, but before it got big and there was a lot of hype (it was actually a show you could get into for free, just not sit up front. Most of the paid seats were empty and Jon was begging people to just come up and sit in them anyway, without paying, but security wouldn’t let them–Crazy to think about that now). After that I got every album and each one impressed me so much. Around that time I started listening to other music (Switchfoot was the first time I ever really listened to music) and realized the lyrics didn’t stick in my head for weeks, and it just wasn’t as good musically. They’ve been my favorite ever since.

  22. pdthedude

    Vice Verses, definitely. I had purchased O!G and LTB, but never really understood them. Then I got VV, watched all the podcasts, and watched some interviews with Jon. Seeing him talk and interact made me realize that he didn’t write meaningless lyrics, he actually wrote deep thoughtful lyrics that you really have to think about. I listened to VV some more, and SF became my favorite band.

  23. Brenda Hutchison

    I had listened to Switchfoot because my son, Cody, listened and his brother, Heath, is the one who turned him on to the band. I heard all the better known songs, like “Meant to Live”, “Dare You to Move”, “Stars” (that I still LOVE), “Gone” and “Oh, Gravity”, many times over as Cody compiled CD’s. I became a fan with our first concert in Noblesville, IN, singing along with the music, but it was the album “Hello Hurricane” that made me a FAN. The lyrics and the melodies speak to me. It may be because of everything my son was going through at the time and I was able to use the music as encouragement for him and for myself. He has always found strength from Switchfoot’s music, but “Hello Hurricane” allowed me to be able to help him find a path to wellness. When I think about this album, I always smile and am grateful; I am grateful for the music, grateful for Jon and Tim writing it,and grateful for the band sharing it.

  24. Aron

    The first Switchfoot song that I heard was Gone.
    And it BLEW my mind. It’s such a fun song!
    After that, a teacher at my school showed us (as an opening of the day) a music video to inspire us. That was the music video of Dare You To Move, the second Switchfoot song that I heard in my life. I searched for more and more music of them and that’s how they became my favorite band. Although this all was around the Vice Verses era, I feel most connected to The Beautiful Letdown. Gone, Dare You to Move, Twenty Four, Meant to Live and On Fire are some of my favorites. Hello Hurricane is the Switchfoot album of which I love all the songs. Also one of their best in my opinion.

    p.s. Sorry for the bad english

  25. Learningtobreathe24

    I have been a fan since The Beautiful Letdown. I remember riding in a friend’s car, hearing the opening guitar riffs of Meant to Live and thinking “who the heck is this awesome band?” At that time, there was another band in my life named Relient K. They had been my favorite band since The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. I loved punk and pop/punk music. Then something shifted in the fall of 2009. Relient K shifted directions with Forget and Not Slow Down, and then Switchfoot put out Hello Hurricane. The moment the opening chords of Needle and Haystack Life came through my stereo, I had a new favorite band. Hello Hurricane was stuck on replay the next couple of months, and lead up to my first time seeing Switchfoot live, in March of 2010. Since then I have seen them 7 more times!

  26. Zach

    The live Bootlegs series of podcasts they had on iTunes! I listened to them more times than I could count, then subsequently went and bought all the studio albums.

  27. Corey

    I had heard of switchfoot for many years, hearing some songs here and there, like Dare You to Move and This is Home and Stars, but never making a connection that they were all by the same band, and i really liked all those songs. It wasn’t until literally 2 days after the release of Vice Verses that I discovered them. i listened to it non stop for 5 month straight, almost literally listening to nothing else. my sisters all got really tired of it, but now they all like it too.
    Getting more specific, it was Dark horses that solidified my fandom. I was carpooling with m y friend to school, and he asked my if i had heard “Dark Horses.” I said I hadn’t and he played it, and while it was playing, something snapped, and I loved it. a lot. So when i got home i looked them up and never looked back.

  28. Kay

    Ive liked SF for as long as i can remember but it was probably when Oh! Gravity came out that I started liking them as my favorite band and not a band my older sister likes.

  29. Nolan

    For me, the one that did it was Nothing Is Sound, which I’m seeing resonate with a lot of other people. It was actually the first Switchfoot record I heard. From the opening chords on Lonely Nation (which has now become my favourite song, not only because of the music, but because of the way it is still relevant in today’s culture) to the last crash of the cymbals on Daisy, NIS takes a hard look at what it means to be a human in the 21st century. Personally, I love albums that are born from the struggle. Albums that haven’t always been the easiest to make, and seeing the Making of DVD really opened my appreciation of what these guys have been able to do, having basically made the album on the road. For me, this is the equivalent to U2′s Achtung Baby. It wasn’t easy. Switchfoot was stepping out of their comfort zone a bit, doing something a bit darker, after so much success with The Beautiful Letdown (The Joshua Tree). I might also add that as the years have gone by, Hello Hurricane has slowly become my second favourite album, also because of its desire to find harmony in distortion. But Nothing Is Sound has stood the test of time (even though it’s only 8 years old).

  30. MegJaxSF

    Began listening to the guys with their Vice Verses album, however for me would have to say that TBL & HH are the two albums which hit me on a MUCH DEEPER level! Meant To Live is my FAVORITE song and has become SO MEANINGFUL. It’s knowing that there is SOOO much MORE to LIVE for than what can be seen. Switchfoot are artists who are doing what they LOVE and doing it with a PASSION that is UNBELIEVABLE!!! They are TRUE artists, wish their were more artists out there like Jon, Tim, Chad, Romey, and Drew!!! These guys are WORLD CHANGERS!!!

  31. Francis

    BTL days when We were so young, we had no fear, we had no idea
    … but Vice Verses has become my favorite album of all time by any band or musician.

  32. Francis

    TBL****

  33. Holly

    The first song I heard and knew it was Switchfoot was “This is Home.” It happened to be on my ipod from a WOW Worship album I had. I fell in love with it. I didn’t have an access to the internet at my home back then though, so I would search through every CD in every store till I found and album, and the one I found was The Beautiful Letdown. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to it on repeat. That album made me a fan. A few years later, I anticipated the release of Hello Hurricane, and just around the time it came out, my grandmother passed away. It was a hard time. My best friend knew about this album release (I had been talking about it non stop of course) and got it for me. That album was very soothing for me in that tough time.
    I’ve now collected all of their albums, and while each one is amazing in it’s own way, The Beautiful Letdown is my winner. But, am I the only one who continues to fall in love with Switchfoot more with each album released? :)

  34. Mason

    Oh! Gravity. I had previously gotten into Nothing is Sound and purchased the three older albums (Chin, Human, and Breath). Of course, Beautiful Letdown was there too. But Gravity just changed everything. At the time, all my favorite bands were punk/ska, so to have Switchfoot get a little punky in Gravity really sealed it for me. American Dream, Amateur Lovers, Burn Out Bright, and the title track. Plus the album artwork is so rad, and seeing Jon’s matching guitar artwork, it was just too cool. They became my favorite.

  35. Footfangranny

    Oh Gravity! was my first Foot concert (appetite for construction tour with Relient K)and soon wanted to know all their work. I think their albums just get better, and better… but if had to choose a all time fav. for it’s power (sound, lyrics, meaning in life, etc…) Nothing is Sound has to be it.

  36. jordan

    definitely nothing is sound. i came onto the switchfoot scene with beautiful letdown, but nothing is sound was what cemented them as THE band for me. jon foreman is one of the best songwriters alive, and tim, chad, jerome, and drew are the perfect cast to musically support his lyrics. to me, nothing is sound is still unmatched. hopefully fading west blows us all out of the water

  37. Clement

    The first album I listened to (probably from the radio and from my siblings) was The Beautiful Letdown with Dare You To Move and Meant To Live. I always enjoyed those songs but it was Hello Hurricane that really caught my attention, especially Hello Hurricane Live. After I realised that they were my favourite band, the video The Making of Nothing Is Sound took it all away and truly made me appreciate not only Nothing is Sound, but all the other less-popular songs in the older albums.

  38. Josh H

    Best Yet by way of This is Home. I saw the This Is Home music video on TV when the Prince Caspian movie was coming out and I enjoyed it enough to get the song and eventually the Best Yet when it came out. When Hello Hurricane came out the next year, I became a full-fledged fan.

  39. Ark

    For me, it was actually a concert, not an album.
    I have memories of my older brother playing Nothing is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown when I was little, along with various Relient K albums. In between 6th and 7th grade I rediscovered “Gone” on my brothers MP3 player which I was borrowing. I listened to it over and over until I knew literally every single word. But I didn’t look any further into them as a band.
    Towards the end of eighth grade (I’m a sophomore now), I don’t know exactly why, but I started getting really into Relient K and Switchfoot. I got my first ipod and I immediately loaded all the songs that my brother had on his computer by them onto it. I loved “The Setting Sun” and of course “Gone” a ton, but I actually preferred Relient K to them at this point.
    Then I heard about Creation Festival and I was determined to go. I was disappointed because Relient K wasn’t playing at the NE one, but Switchfoot was so I figured it’d be alright. This would be the first rock concert I’d ever been to.
    I knew hardly any of the songs that they played throughout the concert. I knew the chorus to a couple and a few other lyrics here and there, but for the most part, all I could do was jump up and down and scream. Despite that, I was completely blown away. Something just struck a chord (pun intended :) ) in me! After that, I dived in head first. Watched all the podcasts, read/watched countless interviews, etc. I bought Vice Verses right away and I’m gradually buying all the other songs I was missing (I’ve got all except their first two albums now, hoping for those for Christmas!). I have to say I’m pretty impressed with all the albums, but most of all, probably Nothing is Sound and Hello Hurricane.

  40. Israel

    The Beautiful Letdown but what’s weird is that I’ve only heard it during Vice Verses album cycle. I was never an album listener. I’m mostly a listener they/other artists release. It’s only during 2012 did I listen to a lot of albums. When I listened to TBL, I can’t get enough of it. Every song, melody and instrumental is perfect. I got addicted to it so I started downloading all their albums (illegally :X ) but bought every physical albums later on :D Now Switchfoot is my favorite band.

  41. Matthew

    Nothing is Sound. It’s powerful, it’s emotional, it has so many great lyrics, and it means a lot to me to this day. I also like how the title contradicts itself and yet still makes sense. Hello Hurricane also added to my love for Switchfoot; it’s like a polar opposite to Nothing is Sound.

    1. Nader

      I’m gonna say it now, I feel foolish for just realizing that paradox. Wow, that’s amazing. Nothing. Is. Sound.

  42. Michael G.

    Wow,so great to read all these stories! Like alot of the pople on here,it was Nothing is Sound that truly made me a life long fan of switchfoot. I had been introduced to the beautiful letdown by a friend so I already loved the band,especially their harder songs like Mean to Live and Ammunition. Then for my birthday I asked for Nothing is Sound as it had just come out.I distinctively remember being excited about getting it,but quickly moving on to other presents. Well it was the dual disc,and my dad put the DVD side n and started the album on our tv. Lonely Nation started as I was looking at my gifts,and as soon as I heard it I stopped what I was doing and just listened. I knew at that moment this was the band. The band that would influence me more than any other band. To this day I listen to the guys albums nearly every day,and I don’t think I could ever get bored of them.

  43. Tim

    For me it wasn’t one album in particular, i saw a video of my church singing “awakening” in baltimore in front of a church there, and I loved it, the I listened to stars and we are one, those somgs really started me off with switchfoot.

  44. Nick

    When I was four years old, I took all the money I had ever saved up and went with my parents to buy “New Way To Be Human”….been in love ever since.

  45. Zofia

    I started listening to Switchfoot fall of last year. It started with individual songs on the Relient K station on Pandora. My first favorite song from Switchfoot was Free. So I looked that up and found that I just loved their music. I bought The Beautiful Letdown mainly for Dare You To Move and Meant To Live (Oh my gosh, I know). I fell in love. TBL was just perfect, and it is still my favorite album. My Switchfoot music library has increased since then and I am now waiting for Fading West with great anticipation.

  46. Marcus

    Wow, this is a very tough question to answer. I have been following the band since 1999 with NWTBH but it was casual following initially. I remember seeing them play sets in high school gyms here in Ohio and really liked them but I would say I wasn’t a hardcore until Nothing is Sound. There is something about that album that, even to this day, renews me. I can still remember buying the CD/DVD combo at Best Buy (remember all the issues with that?) and listening to Lonely Nation and Shadow. Very powerful stuff!

    A close 2nd is Oh Gravity. I know this is sort of the forgotten album with most fans today, but songs like Faust and Let Your Love Be Strong are amazing “forgotten” songs. The other reason is due to the personal things I encountered in 2006, including the loss of a parent. “Yesterdays” is full of emotion and summed up that period of my life.

    Every album touches me. I love this band and have seen them about 50 times live now. The guys are amazing and inspirational. I have had the honor to meet them numerous times but never really have thanked them for what they do for us as fans….so with that, thank you Switchfoot and God bless.

  47. i am who i am

    Been following the guys from the early days of Legend of Chin. So you could say that New Way to be Human solidified me, because thats when I knew I’d probably keep buying every subsequent release from Switchfoot. It was fresh, creative, and frankly, pretty weird. So I really liked it. And they were one of my favorite bands from then on But the first Switchfoot record that knocked me off my feet? Nothing is Sound. It still does. I just listened to it again the other day, and I’m amazed that after so many years, its still an astonishing piece of art to me. But thats more of a “favorite album” discussion. So NWTBH was definitely the solidifier. I certainly feel like a veteran fan around these parts, there aren’t too many here that are pre-The Beautiful Letdown. Strange to think it was actually my father that got me into Switchfoot, considering I’m way more of a hardcore fan than he is now. But I suppose I have him to thank me starting me off on Switchfoot much earlier than if I had to find them by myself. Definitely a blessing to have followed these guys for so long.

  48. Ian H.

    My story began when I was about 8 years old and before I became a Christian. My mom had The Beautiful Letdown and always listened to it, but I wanted a copy for myself because it was all scratched up. So with my own money, I bought it at Target. I fell in love with that album, but it wasn’t until Nothing is Sound that really solidified my passion for Switchfoot. I’ve been blessed to go to 3 concerts. Their music has always been an escape for me when it seemed like my world was crashing down. Thank you Switchfoot, my life honestly wouldn’t be the same without your touching, encouraging, hopeful lyrics.

    1. Golden Girl

      This is my story exact! (Except for the wanting the cd, buying it at target) I began listining to them four years before I became a Christian. This is exactly how I’ve felt about switchfoot my whole life, like they’ve always been an escape from the world. (I’m sorry for quoting) “Thank you Switchfoot, my life honestly wouldn’t be the same without your touching, encouraging, hopeful lyrics.” This is exactly what I would say to them ;-) and I also fell in love with the album NIS. I think that was the one that really made me label my self as a Switchfoot fan. Thank you for your comment :-)

      1. Ian H.

        I’m glad we have similar stories, because we’re here, readily anticipating Fading West!

        1. Golden Girl

          Yes indeed!

  49. Andrew Keech

    Ive been listening to Switchfoot since New Way to be Human came out. I was only 5 years old when that album came out though. When a beautiful letdown came out I thought it was amazing that a christian band could be on mainstream radio. I grew up with Third Day as my favorite band when I was smaller. So when I heard Third Day was coming to my hometown my dad bought us tickets. It just happened that Switchfoot was going to be at the show also. Id never seen them before so my dad burned me a CD with all their best songs up to that point (which seems impossible to me considering I love all of them). This concert happened right after Oh! Gravity was released and I loved them after I saw them live for the first time and heard them play this is home. That was amazing to me. However, my greatest Switchfoot moment that threw me into them being my favorite band was when Hello Hurricane came out. I was going through a tough time and that album spoke me in a way no music ever has. And it was unbelievable how they completely left the “christian” stream and did something completely different. It changed my life. Each song on that album speaks to me, specifically “Yet”, “Hello Hurricane”, and “Sing it Out”. That is my favorite Switchfoot moment and what established them as being my favorite band ever. That album also helped me realize how deep their other albums are in the lyrical aspect so Hello Hurricane also helped me appreciate the earlier stuff even from Legend of Chin Days when i was only 3 years old! Its amazing. Jon and Tim’s writing is unlike anybody else and I wish I could write songs even close to how good theirs are!

  50. David

    I feel a bit like a senior fan, (like “i am who i am”), because I got into Switchfoot before The Beautiful Letdown. I remember having some Switchfoot songs on mix CDs and then going out and buying TLOC and NWTBH in high school. I really liked TLOC but somehow NWTBH didn’t really get a hold of me until later (I think I was too young to appreciate it completely back then). I still bought LTB, but didn’t really enjoy it as much (it’s still my least favorite album). So, I considered myself at that point a casual fan.
    When TBL came out (second or third year of college), I was really unsure if I wanted to buy it. I was looking at it at the local Christian Bookstore, wondering if I should buy it or not. So, I asked an employee his opinion. I’ve never forgotten what he said: “I didn’t really much like the last album; but this one really gets back to the sound of the first two.” That sold it for me. I bought it. And I won’t every forget listening to the opening riff of “Meant to Live” for the first time and thinking immediately “This is going to be awesome!”
    That’s what solidified Switchfoot as my favorite band.

  51. Taylor

    Beautiful Letdown. I put switchfoot all over my myspace back then lol. The picture and a song..usually Meant to Live or Ammunition.

  52. Meg

    This is Your Life and Dare You to Move. I remember seeing them for the first time at a music festival, and after every song, thinking, wow! I LIKE these songs! I´ve been returning to their concerts ever since.

  53. michaela

    2 words VICE VERSES my youth pastor took me to the fest and they played songs from VICE VERSES i did not know it was songs from VICE VERSES because this was my FIRST Switchfoot concert from the firs note i was hooked

    ps. i didn’t even know there names my first look at this band i knew i like them

    pss. i thought Tim was cute and i touched Jon while he was walking through the crowed singing restless

    1. Golden Girl

      Haha “pss. I thought Tim was cute” HAH! Love it ;-)

  54. Holly

    Hello Hurricane made me a Switchfoot fan. :)

  55. Ark

    Amy Kirk
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    Amy Kirk

    For me, it was actually a concert, not an album. I have memories of my older brother playing Nothing is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown when I was little, along with various Relient K albums. In between 6th and 7th grade I rediscovered “Gone” on my brothers MP3 player which I was borrowing. I listened to it over and over until I knew literally every single word. But I didn’t look any further into them as a band. Towards the end of eighth grade (I’m a sophomore now), I don’t know exactly why, but I started getting really into Relient K and Switchfoot. I got my first ipod and I immediately loaded all the songs that my brother had on his computer by them onto it. I loved “The Setting Sun” and of course “Gone” a ton, but I actually preferred Relient K to them at this point. Then I heard about Creation Festival and I was determined to go. I was disappointed because Relient K wasn’t playing at the NE one, but Switchfoot was so I figured it’d be alright. This would be the first rock concert I’d ever been to. I knew hardly any of the songs that they played throughout the concert. I knew the chorus to a couple and a few other lyrics here and there, but for the most part, all I could do was jump up and down and scream. Despite that, I was completely blown away. Something just struck a chord (pun intended ) in me! After that, I dived in head first. Watched all the podcasts, read/watched countless interviews, etc. I bought Vice Verses right away and I’m gradually buying all the other songs I was missing (I’ve got all except their first two albums now, hoping for those for Christmas!). I have to say I’m pretty impressed with all the albums, but most of all, probably Nothing is Sound and Hello Hurricane.

  56. Ark

    For me, it was actually a concert, not an album. I have memories of my older brother playing Nothing is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown when I was little, along with various Relient K albums. In between 6th and 7th grade I rediscovered “Gone” on my brothers MP3 player which I was borrowing. I listened to it over and over until I knew literally every single word. But I didn’t look any further into them as a band. Towards the end of eighth grade (I’m a sophomore now), I don’t know exactly why, but I started getting really into Relient K and Switchfoot. I got my first ipod and I immediately loaded all the songs that my brother had on his computer by them onto it. I loved “The Setting Sun” and of course “Gone” a ton, but I actually preferred Relient K to them at this point. Then I heard about Creation Festival and I was determined to go. I was disappointed because Relient K wasn’t playing at the NE one, but Switchfoot was so I figured it’d be alright. It was the first rock concert I’d ever been to. I knew hardly any of the songs that they played throughout the concert. I knew the chorus to a couple and a few other lyrics here and there, but for the most part, all I could do was jump up and down and scream. Despite that, I was completely blown away. Something just struck a chord (pun intended :) in me! After that, I dived in head first. Watched all the podcasts, read/watched countless interviews, etc. I bought Vice Verses right away and I’m gradually buying all the other songs I was missing (I’ve got all except their first two albums now, hoping for those for Christmas!). I have to say I’m pretty impressed with all the albums, but most of all, probably Nothing is Sound and Hello Hurricane.

    1. Ark

      For some reason, mine posted twice, I didn’t think it had posted the first time but evidently it had! Sorry or the repeat.

  57. Zibus

    “The Best Yet” – I wasn’t sure about them at first, but the more I listened, the more I liked every song on that album.

    And then I got my hands on “Hello Hurricane”, and the deal was sealed.

  58. Lilly

    My Switchfoot journey really started with Your Love Is A Song, when I heard it on the radio I thought is was amazing! I fell more in love when I got it on the WOW 2011 CD.
    But It all really began when I heard Switchfoot performing on K-Love(Which was just a few weeks before VV came out). Thrive really caught my attention. I looked them up, and I was hooked. Now, I’m a hardcore SF fam and I’m ready for Fading West!

    So, Vice Verses for me :D

  59. Ben B

    I’ve been a fan since I heard Chem 6A on a sampler CD a long long time ago in high school. Then I saw them open for FIF before New Way to be Human came out, talked with them after the show, and have been a fan ever since. Now my kids are fans…

    1. Amber

      I can’t believe you saw Switchfoot open for FIF. That blows my mind. :) I’ve been a fan of both bands since their first albums. My kids are now fans, too!

  60. michaela

    i think the first time i heard there music was in the Narnia days

  61. Nader

    I’m pretty sure The Beautiful Letdown was the first CD I ever bought, so I’ll have to say that one. When I realized that they were the authours of Meant To Live and Dare You To Move, I knew I had to buy the album. Songs like Gone, On Fire, The Beautiful Letdown and Twenty Four (okay, the whole album) showed me how much I was going to appreciate these guys from then on.

  62. Hannah

    My brother loved Switchfoot. He ordered the deluxe Hello Hurricane set and it got handed down to me. I fell in love with Switchfoot by hearing the angst in their songs and their discomfort with the world we live in. From there, I loved Oh Gravity! and eventually fell in love with Jon’s single stuff.

  63. RT

    I remember hearing songs like Gone and This is Your Life on the radio. I remember feeling challenged a lot by This is Your Life. So since I really liked those songs, my parents bought me Nothing is Sound for my Birthday. I was a little disappointed because it wasn’t The Beautiful Letdown and have Gone and This is Your Life on it… haha
    It was funny, I remember having a conversation with my parents because they were saying how it will be interesting to see if they maintain their “Christian” background as they become more popular. They pointed to U2 for this thinking. I really feel that Switchfoot has really paved the way for bands like U2 and themselves that maintain Christian morals and values, but maintain that “Jesus died for me, not my songs” mindset- something that my parents and I didn’t understand at the time.

  64. Eli

    Definitely Oh!Gravity. One of my fav. albums of all time

  65. Josh

    Hello Hurricane. I had heard of them before then but didn’t become a fan until that album. I remember I saw Switchfoot at a festival back in 2010 and was hooked when they played “The Sound.” When I got home I downloaded their album and Switchfoot has been my favorite band ever since.

    HH is still my all-time favorite album.

  66. Golden Girl

    Ok this is off topic but with it being two days till the release can someone please (PLEASE) tell me if Fading West will be on Hulu? Netflix? Vudu? Dec. 10th please??

    1. I am my own disease

      From what I’ve heard it’ll be on Netflix/Hulu. Not sure about Vudu.

      1. Golden Girl

        Thank you!!! Really thank you haha

  67. MCR

    The Beautiful Letdown/Nothing Is Sound.

  68. Kristina

    Can I just say that I love how everyone’s replies are so diverse?! It’s so amazing to see how a band can produce records with such different “personalities” and then to see how they touch lives with those distinct messages.

    I know for me, I would go through “stages of obsession.” The Beautiful Letdown was the album that really got me into switchfoot, but then I forgot about them. When “Stars” came out, I bought NIS and got addicted again, but then faded out of fandom again as well. Then, finally, O!G came out and I’ve declared them my favorite band and followed them ever since!

  69. Nothing is Gravity

    I’m slightly different because of the chronology of my experience, but I agree with those that said Nothing is Sound. My first Switchfoot album was Hello Hurricane; great album, but was just a really good set of songs. Nothing Is Sound, however, changed my life. The types of questions and statements made in HIAYW, The Blues, and Shadow really deepened my view of the world… That album contributed to my maturing more than most other sources. So while I love HH, VV, O!G. and the rest, Nothing is Sound is what really made me a Switchfoot fan. :D

  70. T-Ray

    I’m pretty sure these aren’t widely read, but for the sake of putting my memories down on cyber paper, here’s my take.

    The first Switchfoot song I ever heard was New Way to be Human. I thought they were kinda neat so I asked my mom to buy me one of their CDs. By the time I got it, Learning to Breathe was out, and that’s what I got. So I suppose that was my first real exposure to Switchfoot. I liked that album, but not enough to start truly following the band. (Besides, I was living in Japan so it wasn’t easy to follow any band, let alone Switchfoot.) So they were, to me, one of many Christian bands that were worth listening to… but LtB didn’t really separate them from the pack for me… not yet, anyways.

    Fast forward a couple of years. I was working in a Christian bookstore, and a few customers (and co-workers) started raving about how great the new Switchfoot album was. I was intrigued but not sold until I heard it. WOW. These guys are something special! Of course I bought the album and listened to it non-stop… I knew I had a new favourite band.

    Then came the summer of 2005. This was the first time I found myself WAITING for a Switchfoot release. I was a little nervous, as I heard they were kind of rushing the album, recording it on the road and feeling pressure to follow up on the success of TBL. The day it was released, I bought it. Listened to it on the way home from work. WOW. Just WOW. Nothing is Sound is the album that solidified Switchfoot as my favourite band now and forever.

    So a journey that started with a single song from NWTBH, a first album in LTB and a fan-winning TBL, ended with the soul-clinching release of Nothing is Sound. Voila, fan for life!

  71. Daniel

    Nothing Is Sound.

  72. Brad

    I first heard the full Legend of Chin CD in our youth group room before the CD even was available for sale. I borrowed it from my youth pastor (it was a special pre-release sent out to pastors, from what I understand). I fell in love with it immediately. Before knowing it wasn’t yet for sale, I went to the Christian book store after the first time I heard Concrete Girl and searched for it. The Internet wasn’t much back then, so I had to depend on the store clerk to help. But, that song was all it took. The rest of the CD solidified it. I knew I was a lifelong fan since the first CD. I even convinced my youth pastor to fly them out to play a concert at my church, and they played not too long before New Way to Be Human released. After getting to chauffeur them, eat dinner with them and hang out, I knew I would never love another band as much as I love them. They’ve only gotten better with time, but Legend of Chin will always hold a special place in my life. Being close in age to the guys means much of my life experiences were evident in their songs and I felt at home with their music.

  73. Lydia

    Beautiful Letdown is not my favorite album, but it is the album that solidified me as a fan. My brother and I listened to it every day on the way to school. He quit listening to Switchfoot after that, but I was hooked.

  74. Nathan M

    I first saw the cover NWTBH and thought it was the coolest and bought the cd based on that alone never having heard any of the songs. That album hooked me even if I was too young to fully understand all of the lyrics yet. I can honestly say it was love at first sight.

  75. Daniel Powers

    I got their first 3 albums for Christmas in 3rd grade and I’ve loved them ever since.

  76. Tasha

    Nothing Is Sound. Hands down. The first song I had from that album was “Happy is A Yuppie Word” and I thought it was awesome. Later, I heard songs from the rest of the album and I was sold. I think that from that point on, Switchfoot albums possesed more of a journey affect. By the time I got to “Daisy”, I fet like I had come full circle, like I had been somewhere musically instead of just sitting there listening to ten or eleven songs. Plus NIS had some cool feminist songs like “Easier than love”, “Golden” and of course “Daisy”. I love how those songs are very uplifting for women and the fact that its sung and composed by a bunch of guys makes it even more awesome.

  77. Gretchen

    Oh! Gravity. Without a shadow of a doubt. I think I actually cried…

  78. Michelle

    A little late to comment but I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment. The first song I heard was Something More and loved it. I was a single mom at the time so concerts and buying albums were not in the budget. As my boys got older, I introduced them to different music, and my younger son soon became a Switchfoot fan. We finally saw them in concert in ’06 thanks to some kind friends who took us down to Jacksonville Beach. It was an awesome experience and I was hooked. We started buying their cd’s and I started buying my son the Holiday packages. I think I became a die-hard fan the more I saw them live. I volunteer at my church’s youth group and always try to finagle ways to see them! I finally gave up the façade of “taking my son to see them” and have been several times without him. I greatly anticipate hearing all of Fading West and whatever they put out in the future. AND, I love this page and the new people I have met because of our shared interest. The boys bring people together, man! :)