Yesterday, our favorite source of sloth photos, Buzzfeed, posted a list of ‘36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die,’ which is a great idea except that they forgot to include any pop punk albums. Most of their picks were just early 2000s-era crapcore Warped Tour bands like All American Rejects and Simple Plan and Paramore. Even the good albums on it, like Op Ivy’s Energy, shouldn’t have qualified as pop punk.
We’ve noticed a trend of people co-opting pop punk to mean whatever the shit they want it to mean. And here’s the thing: we get that punk is supposed to be all-inclusive and it’s open to interpretation. But if we can’t set up at least some broad musical boundaries, the genre is meaningless and everything is pop punk and we can include Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.
So here are 36 pop punk albums you should hear or just go fucking die. It’s not a definitive list. Just our side of it. And while you can argue the picks (and you should!), hopefully, we’ve come slightly closer to some semblance of actual pop punk. That way, when archaeologists study us milleniums from now, they can say, “Oh, so this is what people wasted their time on in 2013.”
Also, these are just in alphabetical because we all had a 4-hour debate about whether or not Bouncing Souls and Strung Out constituted pop punk (the council determined no), so the thought of ranking them made our heads explode.