Our Shinedown albums ranked article takes a look at the six studio albums that were released between 2003 and 2018. When I first took on this project, I debated on how I wanted to approach the task. Everyone has their own opinion on which Shinedown album is the best and what order they would rank them. Some lists are similar while others are completely opposite. I have decided to rank them by their positions on the Billboard 200 charts.
Shinedown is an American hard rock band that formed in 2001 in Jacksonville, Florida. Lead singer Brent Smith put the band together, after his band Dreve disbanded. Over the years the band members included; Brent Smith, Zach Myers, Jasin Todd, Eric Bass, Barry Kerch, and Brad Stewart. Shinedown has released six studio albums, five extended plays, two live albums, twenty-seven singles (all landed within the top ten on the Mainstream charts, 16 in the number 1 spot), and three video albums.
Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), Threat to Survival (2015), and Attention Attention (2018). Each album, respectively, has a number of outstanding songs. Their music evolves with each album and they are still rockin’ their fans to this day. Let us take a closer look at each studio album, as we give you Shinedown Albums Ranked.
# 6 – Leave a Whisper
This was Shinedown’s debut album, released in 2003. Leave a Whisper peaked at number fifty-three on the Billboard 200 in August 2004. Despite that, the album ended up being the band’s second best-selling album. Critics compared the album to the sound of bands like Puddle of Mudd, Alice in Chains, and Creed. The top singles from Leave a Whisper were “Burning Bright,” “45,” “Fly from the Inside,” and “Simple Man.” All were in the top five on the US Mainstream Rock list. The RIAA certified the album platinum in October 2005. Shinedown toured for twenty-four months with bands such as Van Halen, 3 Doors Down, and Seether, to promote Leave a Whisper.
# 5 – Us and Them
The second studio album by Shinedown, released in October 2005. There is an array of mixed reviews concerning this album. Some are good, some are bad, and some are indifferent. If you were to compare this album to the debut album, there are some well-received changes. The guitar riffs are stronger and stand out more. Brent Smith’s vocals showcase the range he is capable of and the ballads are more intense. Us and Them was certified platinum in 2018. There were three singles that were released from this album; “Heroes, the third single was number four on the Mainstream Rock charts. “Save Me,” and “I Dare You” were the other two songs released. They used each song as a WWE theme song for live pay-per-view events in 2005 and 2006.
# 4 – Sound of Madness
A lot of their fans selected the next album as their best, Shinedown’s third studio album, Sound of Madness. Right before Shinedown began working on this album, the band went through some tough situations. They lost two of their band members, for personal reasons, Jasin Todd and Brad Stewart. Brent Smith was also going through some personal, life-changing issues, which he used to fuel the Sound of Madness album. They released the album in June 2008. Sound of Madness produced four killer singles; “Sound of Madness,” “Devour,” “If You Only Knew,” and “Second Chance.” The album peaked at number eight in July 2008.
# 3 – Threat to Survival
2015 brought Shinedown fans their fifth studio album, Threat to Survival. They announced the album in August and released September eighteenth, topping out in the number five spot on the Billboard 200. The songs on this album bounce between a pop-influence and a harder rockin’ style. Brent Smith has a very distinctive voice and excellent range. Threat to Survival gave us some astounding singles; “Cut the Cord,” “How did You Love,” “State of My Head,” and “Asking for It.” The album was certified Gold in February 2018. The album has the old-style Shinedown sound while still moving the band forward.
# 2 – Amaryllis
Shinedown’s fourth studio album, Amaryllis, was released to fans in March 2012. They announced the album in January as was their first hit single, “Bully.” When the album was released, Shinedown also released the video for the single “Unity.” Amaryllis is the core of what Shinedown is. Brent Smith stated, “it reflects everything we have done and where we’re heading.” In April 2012 Amaryllis peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. The other two singles from the album, “Adrenaline” and “Enemies” were used as theme songs for the WWE. In 2012, “Adrenaline” was used and from 2016 to 2018 the WWE used “Enemies.” The RIAA certified the album Gold in October 2014. There is also a companion EBook available. For Your Sake: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis. This is a must have for Shinedown fans and supporters of the album.
# 1 – Attention Attention
A “concept album,” Attention Attention is the sixth studio album released by Shinedown. Hitting shelves in May 2018, the album follows an individual who is going through negativity, both mentally and emotionally, in their life. By the end of the last song, “Brilliant,” the individual has emerged as a new, more confident person. Attention Attention peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 in May 2018. The four outstanding singles that were released from the album; “Devil” (3/18), “Get Up” (8/18), “Monsters” (3/19), and “Attention Attention” (9/19). These amazing tunes hit the number one spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Attention Attention is an incredibly strong, raw, and intense album. A lot of fans and critics feel it is their best album.
If you are a huge fan of Shinedown and their killer music, then you need to head over to their website, www.shinedown.com, and sign up for Shinedown nation. You can also purchase every cd released, colored vinyl albums, apparel and so much more. You are also going to see a list of tour dates for later this year. From August 15, 2021 in Davenport, IA to October 9, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. I don’t know about the rest of you Shinedown fanatics, but I can not wait for them to release another kickin’ album. Until next time, rock on!
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