Music playlist week #22 (The Pop-punk edition)
New Found Glory - My Friends Over You
Upbeat, fun, nostalgic and daft. These four words pretty much sum up any New Found Glory track. This came from their second album release "Sticks and Stones", and is arguably their most recognisable song. You will have definitely heard it before, even if you didn't realise what you were listening to.
Blink-182 - All The Small Things
You can't talk about Pop-Punk without mentioning these guys. Admit it, this is Generation Y's equivalent of "She Loves You". Sappy, cliche, relentlessly exciting and we'd put money on this being the favourite track of about 90% of people what were in high school in the 2000's. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Almost as notorious for the "Pain for Pleasure" ditty at the end of the music video. Sometimes songs are just good songs, regardless of genre. This is one of those for sure. Sum 41 are still going now, nearly 20 years after this release. With that sort of longevity, they must be doing something right.
Less Than Jake - Gainesville Rock City
We're sure it wasn't written with this in mind, but this is the perfect song for cycling. The way the song builds with the horns and guitars towards the sing/shout along the last few minutes is just perfect for giving you that little extra motivation when doing any sort of exercise. Still sounds as good now as when it was first released.
Green Day - Basket Case
It's hard to believe this came out in 1992. It's probably the most recognisable Green Day song, along with Good Riddance. Green Day are the Godfathers of Pop-Punk, so we could have chosen any of about 50 releases, but how can look past Basket Case. You can't. And we didn't.
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Are JEW Pop-Punk? Not totally, but this song is. Pop sensibilities, punky choruses and emotional lyrics make this a truly unforgettable track. Also, "Jimmy" as they are affectionately known, are still an amazing live band and still touring. Catch them while you can. They won't be around forever.
Paramore - Misery Business
Paramore tore up the rule book when they burst onto the scene. Hayley Williams was only 17 when she took these controversial lyrics from her diary and made them in probably Paramore's biggest hit. They've had a fair few lineup changes since, but they still remain just as prolific.
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
This was a huge hit in 1999 (helped in no small part by the American Pie soundtrack). The message still remains relevant even now, with an opening line of "Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk?". We've all been there, haven't we. The less said about the rest of Lit's back catalogue the better.
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
Good Charlotte are the very definition of a marmite band. You either love them or you hate them. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, you can't deny that they know how to make an incredibly catch Pop-Punk banger. It's fair to say that this has probably become a classic over time too.
The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Offspring have had so many fantastic single releases, but it's still this that stands out. Completely daft, and pretty funny, this is a staple of many Pop-Punk club nights. Along with Blink 182 and Green Day, these guys were huge musical trendsetters in the late 90s/early noughties.
January 16, 2020