The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects Biography

The story of the All-American Rejects begins in the sleepy town of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where a couple of kids named Tyson Ritter (vocals/bass) and Nick Wheeler (guitars/programming) bonded over their mutual love of catchy melodies and monster guitar licks. Flash forward to 2005: Tyson and Nick, aided and abetted by Mike Kennerty (guitar) and Chris Gaylor (drums), are making a splash with their Interscope Records debut, Move Along.

So what does a bored kid from Oklahoma with a guitar and a Walkman grow up listening to? Nick gave us a pretty good idea with this 15-song mixtape.

1. Def Leppard - "Promises" - "This is the perfect song: perfect guitar riff, perfect melody, perfect backing vocals in the's perfect!"

2. Bon Jovi - "Born To Be My Baby" - "This is the best chorus ever written! And the best use of the 'Na Nas'!"

3. Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak" - "Great riff to soundcheck with...I always do!"

4. Poison - "Fallen Angel" - "Another great guitar riff, followed by a mouth-solo-worthy, 90210-esque lead!"

5. Huey Lewis & The News - "Stuck With You" - "Proving my theory once again that a triplet feel will give you a hit song every time. His other major hits are in 6/8...don't even get me started! Anyway...this is the song I remember hearing in the car when I was little, and I still can't get it out of my head!"

6. Afghan Whigs "66" - "This is a beautiful song that only this voice can pull off. Reminds me of the now-defunkt college radio station in Stillwater, OK."

7. Rod Stewart - "Every Picture Tells A Story" - "One of the jukebox songs I played every single night at the Righteous Room in Atlanta after the long days of pre-production for our new record. The only thing that could make this gem any better would be a little mandolin!"

8. Tesla - "Caught In A Dream" - "I'm a big fan of Five Man Acoustical Jam so you can imagine my excitement when I heard Tesla was putting out a new album! This song is the perfect mix of The Black Crowes and Aerosmith. And of course that classic Tesla-ish stuff, too!"

9. Genesis - "No Son Of Mine" - "I love this song. I used to call the radio station and request it, wait hours for it to come on, and tape it on my AM/FM Cassette Walkman. Stealing music has sure come a long way, hasn't it?!"

10. Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'" - "It's pretty rediculous how good this song makes you feel! Even if you hate Journey, or Steve Perry, or goofy lookin' keyboard players, or corporate rock in general (which I don't), this song is one of the best!"

11. The Nixons - "Happy Song" - "Check out these guys from Oklahoma!"

12. Butch Walker - "My Way" - "This is a great song to wake with to and start your day!"

13. The Outfield - "Your Love" - "Just a good frickin' song to sing along with!"

14. Queen - "Somebody To Love" - "This is probably one of my favorite Queen songs, and being as I just got their crest immortalized on my body in tattoo form, I felt they definitely had to be on my list. (This song is in 6/8 time...and of course it's great!)"

15. Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" - "Also in 6/8, and very Huey Lewis & The News-esque might I add, this is great song with a great hook, and a synth pan flute! Good for driving, too."

The All-American Rejects' new album, Move Along, is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store.

The All-American Rejects Bio from Discogs

The All-American Rejects are an American power pop band that formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Their album Move Along was released in 2005 while the single "Dirty Little Secret" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006 and number 18 in the UK top 40 in June 2006.

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