Playlist Throwback: The Best of Pop-Punk

We’re feeling a bit nostalgic in the Verge offices today.

Travel back with us to the early 2000’s. We were still living in the glory of Justin and Britney, Dane Cook was, like, super edgy, and picking your MySpace top 8 felt more like Sophie’s Choice.

Sure, there were some ugly moments – like the fact that flared jeans and arm warmers were actually a thing - but we won’t deny that some of our favorite songs from back in the day still get us pumped. Our favorite genre from then is definitely the pop-punk craze, and who are we kidding? We’re still in our Fall Out Boy phase.

Since these tracks have put us in such a good mood this morning, and in honor of Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d share the glory of our pop-punk playlist with you.

“Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard (2003)

This was undoubtably on every teen-movie soundtrack from the early 2000’s. Maybe it’s a guilty-pleasure song, maybe it’s actually a phenomenal track. All we know is we can’t stop dancing to Yellowcard’s teenage angst. The music video is stereotypical pop-punk, complete with garage jam sessions and neckties worn with jeans. Run all you want, Yellowcard, but you can’t run from your feelings.

“Sugar We’re Going Down” – Fall Out Boy (2005)

These lads are undoubtedly the kings of emo pop. In their hay day they were selling more than four-million albums and racking up hit after hit. But don’t dare label them as “has-beens.” Their 2013 album featured artists like Big Sean and Sir Elton John. They’ve had success with their recent songs “Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” but nothing beats the magic of From Under the Cork Tree. Plus, the music video features a deer-man finally finding love. Awwwwww.  

“In Too Deep” – Sum 41 (2001)

Nothing says 2000’s like spiked hair and an unorthodox band set in the middle of an abandoned swimming pool. Of course the crowd rushes the band at the end, how dare you even ask. But we’ll put up with the unbearable amount of Speedos if we can just watch this guy’s face on repeat:

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“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At The Disco (2005)

Beside being the pop-punk anthem of 2005, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” is probably one of the best music videos ever. Brendon Urie plays a creepy, yet somehow still attractive, Willy Wonka figure who attempts to save a groom from his cheating bride-to-be, with the help of an entire demonic Cirque du Soleil cast.

“Misery Business” – Paramore (2007)

We’re still mourning the loss of the original Paramore lineup. Before the Farro brothers split from the group in late 2010, their second album Riot! became pop-punk gold. Front woman Hayley Williams brought girl power and super-cool hair back to emo rock after Avril left us for glam pop.

“All The Small Things” – blink-182 (2005)

This is so a guilty pleasure song. The boys of blink-182 nail the “purposefully cheesy” bit in this video. Lip rings? Check. Black and white beach shots? Check. Nudity, banana costumes, water shots, more speedos? Check. These guys couldn’t be more cheeky if they tried, and we love it.

“Sk8er Boi” – Avril Lavigne (2002)

Before she became the pop hit “Girlfriend” singer, Avril was the queen of skatepunk. She was one of the guys, a spunky chick with beat up Chucks, striped socks and perfectly smudged eyeliner. She was able to single-handedly start a block party / riot with this track. That’s pretty badass if you ask us.

“Dirty Little Secret” – The All-American Rejects (2005)

The video for this All-American Rejects hit is pretty straightforward. The band plays in between shots of people revealing their “dirty secrets” to the camera. Ranging from entertaining to intimate, we’re not sure if we want to jam to the song or give the video guests a hug. Bonus track: “Move Along” by the Rejects is still one of our faves.

“High School Never Ends” – Bowling for Soup (2006)

The kings of cheek, Bowling for Soup, are known best for their hits “1985” and “Stacy’s Mom,” but we can’t resist the chunky guitars and chanting chorus of this tune. Plus, the video lets us see a bunch of middle-aged guys jam at their high school reunion and get revenge on all their old bullies. Classic. 

and of course…

“Teenagers” – My Chemical Romance (2006)

My Chemical Romance was the voice of the pop-punk generation, and this head-banger may be our favorite gem from the band. This anthem is a perfect manifestation of pure teenage angst and reckless behavior. It took all we had to keep ourselves from flipping desks over while listening. Then we swiftly remembered we are adults, and we are mature.

At least some of the time.

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