There is contradicting information about the founding date of All-American Rejects. The story varies from 1998 to 2001. The band was founded in tranquil Stillwater (Oklahoma, USA) by Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler. The band name came from a mixture of two proposals, “The All-Americans” and “The Rejects.” They toured the Midwest with Tim Campbell as a drummer and distributed the “Same Girl, New Songs.”
The self-titled debut album was released in 2002, along with the single “Swing, Swing.” The All-American Rejects were able to place the single in the soundtrack of the third part of the teen comedy American Pie, which helped them to become more popular. Since it remained the only success of the group for some time, it was quickly labeled a one-hit-wonder.
In 2005 the second album was released under the title “Move Along.” In 2006, the All-American Rejected received an MTV Video Music Award in the “Best Group Video” category for the video for the single of the same name. Three of the four singles released from the album reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
The third studio album was released on December 16, 2008, under the title “When The World Comes Down” and reached 16th place on the US Billboard charts.
In the spring of 2011, the band withdrew again to the studio to record the fourth album. This was published in 2012 under the title “Kids in the Street.”