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mankvill
02-21-2012, 11:37 PM
Hi! This is a list of my top 10 favorite pop-punk albums at the time. A few things:

1. This is not a "top pop-punk albums of all time" list or anything like that. Just my own personal list.

2. I didn't include a few albums because I haven't listened to them that much. I'm still very much finding out about most of the pop-punk out there. These albums, though, I've listened to a ton. Most of them for 10+ years.

3. One album per band. If I didn't have it that way, the entire list would be 3 - 4 bands. :D

Okay, here we go.

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10.

AFI - Sing The Sorrow

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Let's start this list off right, by pissing a bunch of people off. This is probably the "least" pop punk album on this list. It's where AFI focused more on darker sounds and leaned more towards alt/hard rock, but there's still enough of that infectious pop-punk still here to put it on this list. This album honestly might be my most-listened to album in junior high. I think "The Leaving Song, Pt. 2" is an epic packed into 3 1/2 minutes, and "Dancing Through Sunday" is a definite pit starter. Some songs are utterly forgettable, but I unashamedly love the great songs on this album. If you're looking to get into AFI, stop at this album. :eyes:

Recommended tracks: The Leaving Song Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fwGZohSJ9g&ob=av3e), Girl's Not Grey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yzu-4kJg6g&ob=av3e), Paper Airplanes (Makeshift Wings) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3IiGEMIqIs)

mankvill
02-21-2012, 11:46 PM
9.

Fireworks - Gospel

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As soon as I heard this album, I was absolutely dumbfounded why this album doesn't top the charts and receive a ton of airplay. This is the perfect combination of punk music with pop music aesthetics that you'll find from any of the "nu" pop-punk bands. "Arrows" is one of the best songs I've ever heard. It has all the elements - a catchy chorus, a solo, meaningful lyrics. Like I said, it's just amazing that Fireworks isn't much bigger than they are. Despite a few clunker tracks and not the easiest vocalist to universally love (although I kinda like how unique he is), Gospel is a killer addition to this band's discography.

Recommended tracks: Arrows (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZxk1l3u7OQ&ob=av2e), Paintings of Paul Revere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SMz5qZBo2o), X's On Trees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qnmMW2triQ)

street_burial
02-22-2012, 12:04 AM
hmmm... Kind of surprising so far.

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:04 AM
8.

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

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A criminally underrated band, "Bleed American" is probably Jimmy Eat World's magnum opus. It combines the emo sounds of their past few records and infuses them with the pop-punk style of the time. "The Middle" is catchy, but just the tip of the iceberg. My favorite track here is "A Praise Chorus." It's pretty hard not to sing along with it. "Sweetness" is one of the heavier songs that Jimmy Eat World has ever done, and my favorite single from the record. I don't think they've ever replicated the perfect blending of emo, pop-punk and indie rock with anything else after this album, but their whole discography is so good!

Recommended tracks: Sweetness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU3KBI5qyEY), A Praise Chorus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCOO5ZlUfvU), The Authority Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKs3G84GLVE)

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:11 AM
7.

Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends

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I actually think TBS' third album, "Louder Now" has three of the best songs they've ever done, "Tell All Your Friends" is much stronger from start to finish. So many memorable songs here, and that's not even including the biggest songs here. Most of the songs follow the same formula, but it's a formula that definitely works. If you were a teen in the early '00s, this album was your best friend. Lots of great songs to jump around to, but lyrics to satisfy that brooding, misunderstood teen in everyone. A classic!

Recommend tracks: Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap0mqwvf7H0), Great Romances Of The 20th Century (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xmADtEco3w&feature=related), The Blue Channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwDdbZSo4AY)

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:18 AM
6.

MxPx - Life In General

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MxPx is just fun. It's pure happiness and energy and good vibes. They always have been. "Life In General" is great because I think it really embodies the mindset of this genre of music for the time. It's all silly songs about girls, about punk rock shows, about school, about life in general. The fast pace should satisfy old-school skate punk fans, too. If you can get over the sometimes super cheesy lyrics and appreciate this as just a fun record, it should appeal to everyone!

Recommended tracks: Middlename (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_fXA-68e2w), New York To Nowhere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dh5QPLLm90), Southbound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me_PL2aSQLw)

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:28 AM
5.

Saves The Day - Through Being Cool

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Another band whose popularity doesn't measure up to how influential they are. "Milo Goes to College" might have set the pop-punk blueprints, but "Through Being Cool" is what made those blueprints into something real. Poignant lyrics, great punk riffing and catchiness - it's all here. Lots of bands have done it, but Saves The Day have done it better.

Recommended tracks: You Vandal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWkEYLjBxWA), Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNMxvHo-iqM), The Vast Spoils Of America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7OkR7IbRVY)

MPF
02-22-2012, 12:37 AM
I'll be the first to say it...


...So Far, So Good!

Just keep the New Found Glory out and we have a winning list.

kalfitegrdan
02-22-2012, 12:38 AM
7.

Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends

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I actually think TBS' third album, "Louder Now" has three of the best songs they've ever done, "Tell All Your Friends" is much stronger from start to finish. So many memorable songs here, and that's not even including the biggest songs here. Most of the songs follow the same formula, but it's a formula that definitely works. If you were a teen in the early '00s, this album was your best friend. Lots of great songs to jump around to, but lyrics to satisfy that brooding, misunderstood teen in everyone. A classic!

Recommend tracks: Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap0mqwvf7H0), Great Romances Of The 20th Century (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xmADtEco3w&feature=related), The Blue Channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwDdbZSo4AY)



Not gonna lie, Timberwolves at New Jersey might be one of my favorite songs of this genre.

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:38 AM
4.

The Wonder Years - The Upsides

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This album should be mandatory listening to everyone in high school/college. If I knew about this album back when I was having a lot of problems, it would have helped a ton. People might scream that this album is super overrated, but I really think it deserves every inch of praise written about it. The biggest new pop-punk band that makes danceable/moshable music with lyrics that should hit home with everyone who has ever been a teenager. Hop on the bandwagon. It's not too late!

Recommended tracks: Melrose Diner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyYmgms8YV4), Washington Square Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O0sdkoQd18), This Party Sucks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_DnowSJ5Os)

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:39 AM
Not gonna lie, Timberwolves at New Jersey might be one of my favorite songs of this genre.

The whole album is so good and has so many underrated songs. It was hard to pick my favorites.

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:46 AM
3.

blink-182 - Enema Of The State

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"Take Off Your Pants And Jacket" is probably the album that started me on the path from listening to music as a past-time to making it my life. For the longest time I really didn't like this album, just because I loved every inch of TOYPAJ. But as I got older and re-discovered my love of pop-punk, this album floors me every time I listen to it. There is maybe one filler song here, but the rest is AMAZING pop-punk. blink brought the formula to the masses and set the bar for what good pop-punk is. Everyone knows the hits from this album, but the "deep cuts" are better than most songs from this genre ever put out. This is in my CD player in my car for weeks on end. It's amazing.

Recommended tracks: Don't Leave Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlxH05PEcM), The Party Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPaZ6HU-i6s), Wendy Clear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbHpZVCie8s)

MPF
02-22-2012, 12:52 AM
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I'm going to be honest.....this is one of the first pictures I used when I discovered the joys of being a pre-teen/early teenager.

mankvill
02-22-2012, 12:58 AM
2.

Green Day - International Superhits!

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This is a compilation. It's on this list because it represents the best of Green Day's best musical period. 1994 - 2000, no one could touch Green Day's brand of pop punk. Decidedly more punk and harsh than blink-182, they still captivated so many with the catchy hooks and memorable songs. The comp has two new songs (for the time) that honestly sound like they could be their most popular songs. Listen to this album and weep, for Green Day will never be this good again. Also: "Basket Case" is to pop-punk what "Ace of Spades" is to metal.

Recommended tracs: So many, but J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x30jgxnfBzM), Nice Guys Finish Last (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urp5WkXMEmU), Waiting (my favorite Green Day song) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27BJGUmd7I&ob=av2n)

kalfitegrdan
02-22-2012, 01:06 AM
I'm going to be honest.....this is one of the first pictures I used when I discovered the joys of being a pre-teen/early teenager.

:lol:

mankvill
02-22-2012, 01:19 AM
Drum roll please...





1.

New Found Glory - Sticks And Stones

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Take all the good elements from all the albums on this list, roll it into one, and you've got this album. The perfect pop-punk album and the prototype for all these "pop-punk/melodic hardcore" bands you see springing up today. The reason New Found Glory is one of the few bands in this genre that's still going strong that never broke up is that they don't write songs for the intent of being catchy, they just naturally are. They get their point across and are aggressive, meaningful, and fun. There are no forced songs on this album; no filler in sight. Every pop-punk band on Warped Tour in the past 5 years owe their existence to this album.

Understatement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A3811rqD7k)
My Friends Over You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfcLcDBII78&ob=av3e)
Sonny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6pSSwZCRdM)
Something I Call Personality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHUqpFx0JYo)
Head On Collision (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbPajfIwRRs)
It's Been A Summer (with tenchi!) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgB4IZ_Em9o)
Forget My Name (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSqMgf7u9u0)
Never Give Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW5hBoMmuM8)
The Great Houdini (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOin1Avh-Zc)
Singled Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5piYUpdvmI)
Belated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sswxlw36k8I)
The Story So Far (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnpITQabi_w)

MPF
02-22-2012, 01:21 AM
Even with NFG being number 1. Awesome list.

mastodon421
02-22-2012, 04:57 AM
Good list (Kudos to giving Enema of the State some love, everytime I tell people I know it's my favorite blink album they just stare at me like I said something extremely offensive) though it still won't get to revisit anything by Taking Back Sunday;)

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 07:21 AM
Just keep the New Found Glory out and we have a winning list.Yeah, you knew that wasn't gonna happen.

TonyD
02-22-2012, 10:54 AM
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Almost got that when I was 12. Got this instead:
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Good decision I'd say.

BloodoftheKings
02-22-2012, 11:44 AM
The only album on this list I like is the Green Day one. Gotta love 90's Green Day.

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 12:04 PM
The only album on this list I like is the Green Day one. Gotta love 90's Green Day.Agreed.

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brutal_descent
02-22-2012, 12:15 PM
Agreed.

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One of my first albums! Found it in my older brother's CD drawer when I was seven and got hooked immediately :D