- Breakaway Pop Hit: While their sound has already turned full pop-rock at that point, "Iris" ended up being this by virtue of its inclusion in the City of Angels soundtrack.
- Contemptible Cover: Averted as they changed their name. If they kept "The Sex Maggots", many of their albums wouldn't be sold inside record shops.
- Covered Up: Younger fans of the band or casual listeners to pop radio might not realize that "Give a Little Bit" was originally by Supertramp.
- Their less-known cover, "Slave Girl", was originally by the Lime Spiders.
- Ear Worm: Many people have gotten "Iris" stuck in their heads just because the song was so overplayed.
- "Slide", "Name", "Stay with You", "Rebel Beat" and "Sympathy" are also Ear Worms.
- Face of the Band: John Rzeznik was this in the 90s, but now that the band has slowly become less popular, most people would have a hard time recognizing even him. He's still much better known in most circles than Robby or Mike.
- Signature Song: If you don't recognize "Iris", you were probably hiding under a rock in the late 90s. "Name" (their first hit) and "Slide" apply to a lesser extent.
- Tear Jerker: "Iris"
- "Come to Me", in a more heartwarming context.
- "Already There". A song about childhood and learning everything is changing when getting older.
- "Acoustic #3"
- The title track from their 2010 album Something for the Rest of Us.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: During the early punk rock period. Rzeznik and Takac have admitted they were so drunk and high during the recording of the first album that they hardly remember recording it.
Goo Goo Dolls
aka: The Goo Goo Dolls