Good Charlotte are an American PopPunk band from Waldorf, Maryland. Formed on April 1, 1996, by identical twins [[FaceOfTheBand Joel (Vocals) & Benji Madden (Guitar[=/=]Vocals)]] with [[ThoseTwoGuys Paul Thomas (Bass), Billy Martin (Guitar[=/=]Keyboard)]] and [[PutOnABus Aaron Escopolio (Drums)]]. Just as the band were about to start writing their breakthrough album, ''The Young and The Hopeless'', Escopolio left to play drums in his brother's band, Wakefield and was eventually replaced by Chris Wilson whilst they were touring in support of ''TYATH''. However, Wilson left the band in May 2005, citing personal health reasons, and he was replaced by the band's current drummer, Dean Butterworth, who had previously drummed with Morrisey.

Musically, they are probably best known as the band who wrote "Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous".

Discography:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Good Charlotte]]'' (2000)
* ''The Young and the Hopeless'' (2002)
* ''The Chronicles of Life and Death'' (2004)
* ''Good Morning Revival'' (2007)
* ''Greatest Remixes'' (2008)
* ''Cardiology'' (2010)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Greatest Hits]]'' (2010)

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!!They have shown examples of some Tropes:

* AudienceParticipationSong: "The Anthem" has the "Another loser anthem, woah-oh!" refrain towards the end, and the chorus in "Movin' On" is pretty much ''made'' for this.
--> Life, hope, truth, trust, faith, pride, love, lust
--> Pain, hate, lies, guilt, laugh, cry, live, die
--> Some friends become enemies
--> Some friends become family
--> Make the best with what you're given
--> This ain't dying, this is livng
* BookEnds: ''The Chronicles of Life and Death'' very nearly plays this straight - The album opens with "Once Upon a Time: The Battle of Life and Death", a brief instrumental performed on strings; the piece is reprised at the end of "In This World (Murder)". The only reason it isn't played straight, is the bonus tracks afterwards ("Falling Away" or "Meet My Maker", depending on if you bought the "Life" or "Death" version of the album, with the hidden song ''Wounded'' following both).
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "I Just Wanna Live:
-->I rock a... lawsuit when I'm going to court,\\
A white suit when I'm getting a divorce,\\
A black suit at the funeral home,\\
And my birthday suit when I'm home alone.
* CoverSong:
** Two on the ''NotAnotherTeenMovie''
*** "If You Leave" by OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
*** "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves
** "Acquiesce" by Music/{{Oasis}}
** "Cemetery" by Silverchair
** "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
** ''Greatest Remixes'' features a cover of "Dance Floor Anthem" by Metro Station.
* GenreShift: From PopPunk on their first two albums, to "Dance Punk" on ''Good Morning Revival'', and back to PopPunk with ''Cardiology''
* GoodbyeCruelWorld: Averted; "Hold On" has a very clear anti-suicide message, whilst "S.O.S." was written from the perspective of someone who needs help and wonders if anyone would miss them.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Subverted; their penultimate release ([[ExecutiveMeddling But the last one the band were actually involved in]]) on Sony Music collected their singles & some fan favourite songs in the form of a remix album.
** Played straight, however, in that the week after ''Cardiology'' (The band's first release on Capitol Records) was released, Sony Music released a GreatestHitsAlbum [[ExecutiveMeddling without the band's involvement]]; Benji outright told fans ''not'' to buy it.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The chorus to "I Just Wanna Live".
--> ''I just wanna live \\
Don't really care about the things that they say \\
Don't really care about what happens to me \\
I just wanna live''
* LiveAlbum: Two, neither released in stores - ''Bootlegs'', sold via the band's website in a bundle with ''The Chronicles of Life and Death'' at release; ''[=iTunes=] Live from Montreal'', an acoustice set released only on ''[=iTunes=]'' [[NoExportForYou in Canada]].
* LyricalDissonance: ''The Day That I Die'' definitely counts. It's an upbeat-sounding song about waking up one day and realizing that you're going to die.
* MurderBallad: ''My Bloody Valentine''
* ParentalAbandonment: Benji & Joel's dad walked out their family on Christmas Eve when they were 15; the song ''Emotionless'' is an open letter to their father.
* PutOnABus: '''''Twice'''''. Original drummer Aaron Escopolio left the band shortly before they began recording ''The Young and The Hopeless'', leading to [[SixthRanger Josh Freese]] to stand in for a while. Chris Wilson then took over full-time prior to writing ''The Chronicles of Life and Death'', but then ''he'' left the band. The band's current drummer, Dean Butterworth, stepped in & became their first drummer to last ''more than one album''.
* RealSongThemeTune: For {{Undergrads}}.
* RockstarSong: "I Just Wanna Live", with some of the lyrics featuring Joel complaining about the band's sudden fame. On the album '''''after''''' they did a song mocking the celebrities who complained about their success. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d within the song.
-->"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", your first hit, aren't you ashamed?
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''Fast Future Generation''
* SelfBackingVocalist: Averted; Joel sings lead, whilst Benji sings back-up & on occasion, lead. As they're identical twins, it can sound like this trope.
* SpecialGuest: Music/AvengedSevenfold's M. Shadows & Synyster Gates perform vocals & guitar respectively on ''The River'' from ''Good Morning Revival''.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Billy & Paul.
* TrashTheSet: The video for "The Young and The Hopeless" featured the band performing in a room filled with trophies & awards, and subsequently destroying every single one of them as they perform.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The appropriately titled "Last Night".