This is one of those rare songs where I can remember exactly what I was doing when hearing it for the first time. I don't remember the exact date or time, but know that I was running, listening to one of the few decent radio stations in Sacramento on a Sony Walkman. Which tells you how much has changed in just the past decade, when it comes to devices designed for personal music listening.
Clearly, "The Reason" exceeded Hoobastank's ability. That's not intended to be an insult, but just a statement of fact. It happens every now and then, a band comes up with a song so memorable and of such high quality that it eclipses everything that follows it. Such was the case with this song.
But this also one of those rare songs that will get played from now through eternity, because it really is that good.
"The Reason," Hoobastank, from the summer of 2004.