[[caption-width-right:350:Left - John Rzeznik. Right - Robby Takac.]]
->''And I don't want the world to see me,\\
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand.\\
When everything's made to be broken,\\
I just want you to know who I am.''
-->-- "Iris"

'''The Goo Goo Dolls''' are an alternative rock/pop band that have been around since 1986. The band began as [[AtrociousAlias The Sex Maggots]], formed by John Rzeznik, Robby Takac, and George Tutuska; they changed to the Goo Goo Dolls after being banned from playing in a club because their name was too 'obscene'. Tutuska was replaced by Mike Malinin in 1994 (who later left in the end of 2013), just before the band released their fifth album, ''A Boy Named Goo'', and the success of their single "Name" pulled them into the public eye.

The band would have probably have been a OneHitWonder if not for the 1998 movie ''Film/CityOfAngels''; Rzeznik was asked to write a song for the movie and thus was born "Iris", one of the most played songs of the nineties. Placed on their sixth album, ''Dizzy Up the Girl'', alongside other popular singles such as "Slide", "Broadway", and "Black Balloon", the band enjoyed quite a bit of fame into the early 2000s.

The band continues to play and release albums, but their popularity has decreased quite a bit since the late 90s. Their singles are somewhat successful and they have a contingent of loyal fans. Their sound has changed from punk and music similar to bands such as the Replacements in the late 80s and early 90s to focus more on the power ballads and more pop-friendly rock that made them successful in the 90s.

The band's current line-up, not including musicians hired for touring:
* John Rzeznik: guitar, vocals
* Robby Takac: bass, vocals

The band has released eleven studio albums, one live album, and three compilation albums. Their latest album, released in May 2016, is titled ''Boxes''.
!!''Now we're grown up tropes that never knew their names'':
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Averted by Mike. He was easily the quietest in the band, and he was also the best-educated musically.
* AudienceParticipationSong: John will usually have the crowd sing most of "Iris"'s chorus during concerts.
** Justified as, well, it's probably the [[SignatureSong one song]] ''[[SignatureSong everybody]]'' knows from GGD... and that for a good while, Johnny's voice was blown out and he couldn't hit the notes in concerts.
*** Honestly, he still can't hit the notes. Probably the reason he quit doing drugs...
* CallingTheOldManOut: "Broadway"'s second verse is this for Johnny.
* ConceptVideo: Every music video except for ''Stay With You'' is this.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their early HardcorePunk work (e.g., "Up Yours") bears no resemblance to the band they became.
* {{Flanderization}}: The band has always put at least one acoustic song or power ballad by Johnny on each album, but until ''A Boy Named Goo'', most songs were harder and sung/screamed by Robby. After "Name"'s success, the band began to add more of John's songs and take away Robby's - in every album after ''Let Love In'', Robby only had two songs. The band has also gone from harder rock to more acoustic, slower and more ballad-style songs over the years.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Try explaining to high schoolers that "Naked" is about being emotionally open, not about girls or sex, before they've actually heard the song. And of course, we already mentioned the problem with band's original name.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Let Love In'' is much more upbeat than the usual fare. Most fans dislike it partially because the tone is more happy than usual.
** One could argue that this trope as a whole (in relation to their earlier work) since Johnny [[StepUpToTheMicrophone "took over"]] the band after ''A Boy Named Goo''.
* LineOfSightName: Supposedly how the band ended up with their current moniker; after being told to find a new name or they wouldn't be able to play at a club, they scrambled... and saw an old magazine with an ad for the titular doll on the back.
* LyricalDissonance: One of their most upbeat sounding songs, "Slide", is basically a teenage boy trying to get his girlfriend to come back home and not having an abortion after getting her pregnant.
** "Broadway" sounds peppy but is half about getting older and just waiting to die because there's nothing left for the singer and half John being pissed off about his father.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Superstar Car Wash'' drove down some of the snot on their earlier albums and cranked up the guitars. ''A Boy Named Goo'' balanced that style with a couple of acoustic ballads ("Name" being the most famous). ''Dizzy Up the Girl'' has some power-pop but mostly saw the band moving towards ballad-style pop rock, a style replicated later on ''Gutterflower'', ''Let Love In'' and ''Something for the Rest of Us''. ''Magnetic'' has electronic elements scattered in its sound.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Iris".
* PunnyName: The name of the album ''A Boy Named Goo'' is based on Music/JohnnyCash's ''A Boy Named Sue''.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Iris" is '''not''' called "I Just Want You to Know Who I Am".
** "Better Days" is not called "The World Begins Again" either.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips:
** "I'm Awake Now" features the band watching ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' on television. They fall asleep, get chased by Freddy, watch more clips of the film in a movie theater and are chased off again by him.
** "Iris" features clips from ''Film/CityOfAngels''.