3 Doors Down's song Shine appeared on the 2010 Winter Olympics soundtrack. The band previously wrote another song, The Champion in Me which was used on the soundtrack for the 2008 Summer Olympics soundtrack.
3 Doors Down's self-titled album, 3 Doors Down, debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart in May 2008, selling 154,000 copies in it's first week.
In 2007, 3 Doors Down wrote a tribute song for the National Guard, entitled Citizen/Soldier.
Greg Upchurch who was the drummer of Puddle of Mudd replaced Daniel Adair in 2005.
When their song Loser stayed at #1 for 21 weeks on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, it gained the longest stay of any song at #1.
When the band were trying to decide which song should be their first single, they narrowed the choices down to two songs - It's Not Me and Let Me Go - then they left the decision up to some students. They were allowed to vote for which song they preferred, and Let Me Go won the vote and became the band's first single.
The band say that Loser was written about a friend who got into trouble with drugs, but managed to turn himself around.
3 Doors Down's song Let Me Go was featured on the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 19 in 2005.
Their song Behind These Eyes was the theme song for WrestleMania 21.
3 Doors Down's album Seventeen Days debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Album chart. It sold 235,020 within the first week of release. Within a month, Seventeen Days was certified platinum.
3 Doors Down's album The Better Life took four years to write but Away from the Sun took only four months.
3 doors down's album The Better Life was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA. Away From the Sun was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA and
Seventeen Days was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Another 700 Miles Live Album was certified Gold by the RIAA.
3 Doors Down's album Seventeen Days was so called as the band wrote it in 17 days.
3 Doors Down is an alternative rock band.
3 Doors Down's song Loser spent 21 weeks in a row at #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. When I'm Gone spent 17 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and Kryptonite spent 11 weeks in a row at #1 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart and 9 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Mainstream rock chart. Duck and Run spent 3 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart.
Todd Harrell has a tattoo of the 3 Doors Down logo on his right shoulder. He also has a tribal sun tattoo on his right elbow and his nickname on his back.
The band members' birthdays are as follows:
Chris Henderson: April 30, 1971
Greg Upchurch: December 1, 1971
Todd Harrell: February 13, 1972
Matt Roberts: January 10, 1978
Brad Arnold: September 27, 1978
3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson was in the United States Navy for 10 years prior to joining the band.
3 Doors Down won an American Music Award in 2001 in the category Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Group in the same year. Their song Here Without You was awarded the title of Song Of The Year at the BMI Pop Awards in 2005.
Guitarist Chris Henderson is allergic to cigarettes so the band gets separated on their tour bus into smoking and non smoking groups.
Footage taken during the band's concert on the USS George Washington was used in their video for 'When I'm Gone'.
3 Doors Down's song Be Like That was featured on the soundtrack for American Pie 2 but the first part of the song was modified to suit the film better.
3 Doors Down's lead singer Brad Arnold was in a car crash on February 1, 2006. The crash resulted in Brad needing around 40 stitches along the side of his face.
Since their debut they have sold over 12 million albums.
3 Doors Down's album The Better Life was released on February 8th, 2000, Away From the Sun was released on November 12, 2002, Seventeen Days was released on February 8, 2005 and 3 Doors Down was released on May 20, 2008.
Brad Arnold: (On writing song 'Shine' for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics soundtrack) These athletes work so hard for so long to get this one shot, and I'm sure that all of them feel like in their heart, 'This is my time to shine.' I kind of took that idea of how I would feel if I were an athlete, and tried to step inside their head for a minute.
Brad Arnold (Speaking in 2006): We originally started The Better Life Foundation, it was named after our first record, and it was originally to benefit local children's charities, a lot of children's charities and a few of the homeless shelters, some of the battered women's shelters. The first year that was the intention, for the last two years the intention has been to put the Gulf Coast back together and just to raise money from around the country and even from around the world to bring back to the area and help people rebuild their lives.
Chris Henderson: I'm not a fan of music. I don't listen to it. I feel it, it's just something that's in me.
Chris Henderson: To listen to a performance, your performance, something you've worked so hard for, to be absolutely perfect, is really a good feeling. Makes it worth it.
Matt Roberts: We write all of our songs. We write them collectively as well as individually. It depends on the song. There is no written formula to it. But, all our songs off the album are about normal life and everyday life. You know, kids in high school can see examples through our music and that's what we wrote it for, just kind of real-life events.
Chris Henderson (On their USO tour): We went over and played in Bahrain, and Spain, and Portugal, and on the U.S.S. George Washington, and it was something we really enjoyed, they treated us like kings, you know, we got to see a lot of shit that nobody will ever get to see. It was a lot of fun, and we definitely plan on doing something like that again.
Brad Arnold (On the naming of the band): We came out of this building [in Alabama], and some of the letters had fallen off the front and it said Doors Down. At the time there were just three of us, so we said 3 Doors Down.
Brad Arnold: I always used to sing to myself when we were playing. I was always singing around the house. Then one day I got a microphone, and nobody else would do it, but I did and I enjoyed it.
Chris Henderson (On the name of their album, The Better Life): It's what we're looking for. It's really what everybody is looking for. I mean, you know, we want the record to do well, make a little money and achieve a little success. It's not what we're all about - the music is the most important thing, but we want to be in a situation where we can just make music and not have to worry about how we're going to make ends meet. We're looking for the better life, just like everybody else.
Chris Henderson (On music in their home town): It's non-existent. The only rock and roll bands there are cover bands or the casino bands that play in Biloxi. There are 7 or 8 that make a living playing the casino scene. For the most part, though, it's not good, especially if you want to play our own tunes.
Todd Harrell (On Kryptonite): The inspiration behind that song kind of came from, I think, by your friends putting you up on a pedestal and basically thinking you're something that you're not and just basically a song to your friends you know, wondering, asking the question if I fall down from something so great will you still be there for me.
Chris Henderson: I usually don't listen to our records after they're recorded because I've already heard them so much. But I actually started listening to the new one, but for whatever reason after 'The Better Life' was done - that was it. I have not heard it since. I was at an autograph signing and they played our new one in the background and I'm like "wow" it was 'The Road I'm On' and it's when that chorus kicks in my hair just flies off. I love that song.
Chris Henderson: I'm a big fan of music in general, so writing is something I enjoy all the way around. I could write rap as long as I think it's good music.
Brad Arnold (On their album 'Seventeen Days'): When we found out it was number one, we were in Dallas, and we just went out to eat. We just had a nice little dinner at some restaurant outside our hotel. I had a steak. That's what I always eat when I go out. That's all I ever eat.
Brad Arnold (On their song 'Away From the Sun'): It's just really about being alone. Everybody feels like that sometimes, but at the same time, if everybody feels like that, then we're all in it together, which means none of us are really by ourselves.
Brad Arnold: My tattoo is of Jesus hanging on the cross. It's made out of tribal lines. I didn't want it to look like a picture.
Chris Henderson: My tattoo has a couple of different meanings. First, the sun means 'Away From The Sun'. My wife also has the same sun. My daughter's sign is in blue in the middle and also there is a treble clef in the center as well representing music.