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Daughtry is a rock band from North Carolina, USA, named after the lead singer. A fourth-place runner-up of American Idol Season 5, Chris Daughtry decided to form his own band after the show, rejecting Fuel's offer of a lead position.

The band rose to fame with their first single, "It's Not Over", as well as their self-titled debut album. Daughtry was produced under the labels of 19 Entertainment and RCA Records and stayed at #1 on the Billboard 200 for two weeks straight, making it the number one selling album of 2007 as well as the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history.


  • Daughtry (2006)
  • Leave This Town (2009)
  • Break the Spell (2011)
  • Baptized (2013)
  • Cage To Rattle (2018)
  • Dearly Beloved (2021)



  • Anti-Love Song:
    • "Break The Spell", of the subliminal variety.
      I'm so addicted to the pain,
      Got your poison running through my veins,
      The way you pull me in,
      The way you chew me up,
      The way you spit me out
    • "Outta My Head", of the lovesick variety.
      Ain't no doubt about it
      I can't live without it
      Tried to forget you
      But I can't get you outta my head
  • Album Title Drop:
    • The title of their second album 'Leave This Town' Leave' is uttered in the bridge for "September".
    • The title of their fifth album is dropped in "Death Of Me":
      Another day, another battle
      We all have a cage to rattle
  • The Alcoholic: Sarah, the main character of the 'Over You' music video is one. Her drinking problem causes herself and her boyfriend to get in a car crash and the video ends with her seeking help at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: 'Home'. The song follows the narrator as he looks back at abandoning his old life and deciding to return to it, even Name Dropping the trope.
  • Break-Up Song:
    • "Over You" deals with the difficulties of getting over someone.
    • "No Surprise": The narrator finally finds the nerve to end the relationship where there is nothing to save.
      It's no surprise. I won't be here tomorrow
      I can't believe that I stayed 'til today
      There's nothing here in this heart left to borrow
      There's nothing here in this soul left to save
  • Cover Version:
    • Chris covered Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" as a part of The Passion live musical in 2016.
    • They covered Sia's "Alive" after Chris performed it on The Masked Singer.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The official music video for "Waiting for Superman" shows a presumably homeless man doing a number of good deeds for various people across the city he's in, to include pushing a woman out of the way of being hit by a bicyclist, chasing and collaring a purse-snatcher, pulling a suicidal man to safety from off a ledge, and chasing off some bullies who're picking on a teenage girl. Not all of the victims are thankful, and in at least two instances he's mistaken for being up to no good by the cops and almost arrested, but the teenage girl at least demonstrates appreciation for what he's done for her at the end of the video.
  • Destructive Romance:
    • "It's Not Over":
      This love is killing me,
      But you're the only one.
    • "Crawling Back To You", "What Have We Become" are similar.
    • "Bad Habits" likens the relationship to, well, bad habits.
    • "Battleships":
      And I don't want to fight this war
      Bullets coming off our lips
      But we stick to our guns and we love like battleships.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Had one of these released in 2016 called 'It's Not Over...The Hits So Far'
  • Homesickness Hymn: "Home" takes a less severe look at touring weariness: while the narrator is tired of being on the road and wants to go home to his significant other, he insists that he's "not running" and doesn't "regret this life I chose for me" — he's just tired and wants to rest.
  • "I Hate" Song: "Traitor."
    I should feel sorry for you
    Watching you drown in your denial
    But I can't feel sorry for you
    Watching you drown 'cause you're a traitor
  • Love Is Like Religion: "Baptized."
    Take me down, take me down by the water, water,
    Pull me in until I see the light,
    Let me drown, let me drown, in you honey, honey,
    In your love I wanna be baptized
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
  • Lyric Video:
    • The lyric video for "Waiting For Superman" uses comic book style pop-art.
    • "Alive" has a nature-themed lyric video.
  • Masochism Tango: "Battleships".
    And I don’t wanna fight this war
    Bullets coming off our lips
    But we stick to our guns and we love like battleships
  • New Sound Album: The 'Baptized' album is poppier and stripped-down than their previous work. This album also added some folk elements to their sound.
  • Pep-Talk Song:
    • "Backbone":
      We all fall on hard times, you know
      Each day is a high climb, you know
      Some days your body has to carry on
      So you gotta show a little backbone
    • "Torches":
      We keep waiting on a day that never comes and never comes
      Too late is not a thing and we just gotta be strong
      Love is like a torch that's burning bright
      Carry it on, carry it on and you'll see
      Fire will shine a light on the darkest side
  • Performance Video: The music video for 'Crawling Back To You' is essentially the band performing in an abandoned parking lot.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Chris Daughtry is a practicing Christian.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Daughtry's sold somewhere around 50 million albums worldwide. Taylor Hicks, that season's winner, was dropped by Arista Records after his debut album and hasn't been seen much, if at all, since.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut album is titled "Daughtry."
  • Silly Love Songs: "Crashed", "Supernatural", "Baptized", "High Above The Ground", "I'll Fight", "Just Found Heaven", "As You Are"...
  • Shout-Out: The promotional single 'Long Live Rock n Roll' gives a shootout to many classic rock musicians and some of their hit songs.
  • Title Track: "Break the Spell", "Baptized", and "Dearly Beloved" are all songs on albums with the same name.
  • Uptown Girl: "High Above The Ground":
    I'm a small town kid and you're an uptown girl
  • We Used to Be Friends: "Traitor."
    We were just like brothers
    And we had each other
    We were down for the good times
    We were there for the troubles
    Like a thief in the night
    Broad daylight
    You stole my sanity
    Now you are the enemy