Although today’s pop punk music has come a long way, nothing can compare to pop punk classics from the 1990s and 2000s. From Green Day to All-Time Low, there are some jams we will simply not forget. If you hear these playing in a store or are lucky enough to catch one of these throwbacks on the radio, you know you’ll instantly start jamming out.
For many of us, these songs bring back memories of high school and take our minds back to a simpler time. If you’ve forgotten about these popular hits in the midst of today’s modern music, you’re missing out. Listen to these 5 pop punk throwbacks for a blast from the past. Though listening may not be the same without your walls covered floor-to-ceiling in posters, we know these songs will bring back all the feels.
1. All-Time Low: Remembering Sunday
Released in 2007 on All Time Low’s Album “So Wrong, It’s Right”, this alternative rock song will stop you in your tracks. Featuring exceptional vocals from female lead Juliet Simms, many of us remember this song more for its tunes than its meaning. Ironically, today’s 20 and 30-something were too young to even realize this was a love song when listening. While today you be playing bitcoin casino as you listen to this throwback, you might have been listening to this song on your bus ride home from school in 2007. Perhaps you had this song downloaded straight from LimeWire onto your iPod!
Besides the great beat, this song holds great meaning too, in an interview, Alex Gaskarth said that this song speaks to a story of a woman he lost. Despite this confirmation, some fans of Remembering Sunday have developed their own interpretation of the song’s meaning.
On “So Wrong, It’s Right” you’re likely to recognize a few other popular hits, including “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and “Poppin’ Champagne”.
2. Blink 182: All the Small Things
Even if you weren’t a huge pop punk fan back in the 1990s, nearly everyone recognizes Blink 182’s “All The Small Things”. Released in 1999 and written by Tom DeLonge, this song was written for a lover. Written for his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Jenkins, this song was a romantic gesture. However, most of us would agree this song doesn’t quite come off as romantic. It sure does provide a great jam, though!
“All The Small Things” was only one of Blink 182’s many hits during the 1990s and early 2000s. You’re also likely to recognize “I Miss You” (2003) and “Down” (2003) as popular pop-punk throw backs.
3. Green Day: Wake Me Up When September Ends
Released in 2004, “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is an emotional pop-punk song worth remembering. This song was written about singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father, who passed away when the singer was only 10 years old. Given that his father passed away in September 1982 from esophageal cancer, this song was inspired by the tragedy.
Knowing the background behind songs like this can truly make them more personalized. Listening to this song again will surely bring up memories for pop-punk lovers. In an interview with the Howard Stern Show, the singer noted that he found it difficult to write about the experience for many years, but eventually was able to write this song when he had a breakthrough. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” joins other popular hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “American Idiot” on the album “American Idiot”.
4. Fall Out Boy: Sugar, We’re Going Down
Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” is a jam that is perfect for any situation. Released in 2005, this song was the lead single on the band’s second album, “From Under the Cork Tree”. We heard this song so much in the years following, that many of us may have felt it was overplayed (though it is an excellent song).
Singer and songwriter Pete Wentz wrote the lyrics to “Sugar, We’re Going Down” while in Chicago with his dad. This song is also well-known for its interesting music video, which features the story of a socially outcast boy with antlers. The album “From Under the Cork Tree” also includes several other popular hit songs by Fall Out Boy, including “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner” and “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying”. If you haven’t heard Fall Out Boy’s pop-punk jams in a while, you’re in for a real treat.
Do you remember these 4 popular pop-punk jams? What kind of memories do they bring back for you? You’re never too old to blast these in the car on your drive to work or even in your bedroom. These timeless classics are worth remembering!