Goo Goo Dolls

They seemed like rock's hottest ticket back in the mid-90's, but in retrospect the Goo Goo Dolls start to smell a little like Nickelback: distressingly formulaic post-grunge alternative rock, but of a softer acoustic stripe that foretold the explosion of emo and could score big payouts from the closing montage scenes of hour-long teen dramas back when the WB Network still existed and Grey's Anatomy did not. But even so, there's something remarkably savvy and polished about the sweeping anthemic choruses that drive Johnny Rzeznik's attempts to milk money and attention from his emotionally vulnerable target demographic, so you can probably point to at least a couple guilty favorites here if you have a heart.