I was watching a youtube and this guy from the band, the Wonder Years, was talking about essential pop punk albums, and it got me thinking what albums would I put in this list. I know pop punk is one of those genres that people look down upon because so many bands were just doing it because they knew they could make a quick buck out of it. But there are albums that stand out as the great pop punk albums, and ones that rise above the cookie cutter mesh. So here are just some that come to mind for me, feel free to list ones that I've forgotten.
Starting out with Dookie by Green Day. This is the one that seemed to start the fire. But you listen to it all the way through, and you can just feel the punk attitude flowing through it. The songs are quick bursts of energy and sing about relationships, life, and what not. What more could you ask for in an album? For me the best track is Longview. Just a great song about trying to get out of the rut you're in, and being so bored with life, you can't do anything about it. It definitely still speaks to me at 29.
Next up, I'd have to go with Blink 182's Dude Ranch. I can still listen to this, and love it. The songs just are fun and easy to listen to. They're melodic, and great to sing along with. Stand out track would probably be Apple Shampoo. I love the lyrics of the song and the way it talks about keeping a relationship while playing music. I can only imagine the struggle that can be.
I'd have to put Face To Face's Self Titled in this list because it's just a great punk album. Once again songs that you can listen to, and see what the singer is really trying to say. Best track would be Walk the Walk because it's saying that you need to follow your actions, and not just say you're going to do something.
Descendent's Everything Sucks set the bar for this pop punk attitude. The songs are great in that they talk about everyday life, and say them in a quick and fast manner. For me Thank You is a great song about playing music.
That's a good start for now! I may be back with some more albums. But check these out, give them another listen, and tell me what you think!
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