#TBT: Turn of the Millennium Pop Punk


Remember the sound of those angsty, pop-punk boy bands?  The turn of the millennium saw a revival of the genre that The Ramones popularized in the 1970’s.  Lately I’ve been missing the sweet harmonies and rowdy riffs that were everywhere from the mid 1990’s to early 2000’s.  Let’s take a look at the best of the best that have gotten somewhat lost over the past few years.  




“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day is a true classic.  It is definitely more acoustic than their other songs whereas  “Basket Case” is a more up-tempo Green Day tune.




I regretfully add “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne as it references my mother.  But how could I not?  The first few bars are a captivating entrance into the rest of a truly catchy (and disturbing) song.




For some reason “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World just screams early 2000’s to me.  I remember my sister at age 13 jamming out to it and me cheerfully jumping along.  If you want a song to get your foot tapping, this is it!




While they’re still making music today, Panic! At The Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” is one of the band’s original songs that defined their pop-punk style.





Jack’s Mannequin is the kind of band that I can listen to on repeat and still not get sick of.  “Dark Blue” and “Bruised” are two of my favorites.  I seriously wish these guys were still making music, but at least we have their early songs to keep in rotation.






This playlist would be incomplete without The Goo Goo Dolls.  Their sound is so raw yet melodic. “Slide”, “Sympathy” and “Iris” are my top picks.






Third Eye Blind’s catchy post-grunge songs all rely on simple hooks but  “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s it Going to be,” and my personal favorite “Jumper” stand out as some of their most memorable hits.





Weezer is soon to release a brand new album (Check out Gigi’s article!)  But in the meantime, go back to the beginning with “Say it Ain’t So” and the super upbeat “Island in the Sun”



The All-American Rejects’, “Dirty Little Secret” is such a classic, angsty, rock along song.



“Closing Time” by Semisonic is one of the bands most popular songs for a reason.  It’s heartfelt and gets stuck in your head after only the first three or four notes.






It was hard to choose, but Simple Plan’s “Welcome to My Life”, “I’m Just a Kid” and “Addicted” were my top pick’s to reflect the bands poppy vocals and punk edge.


The pop punk prevalence at the turn of the millennium has since waned, but the genre’s catchy chorus and honest lyrics give it lasting appeal and make it a note-worthy throwback.


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