Milo Goes to College
Possibly the very first pop-punk band, or even album, this is a classic early '80s SST release that mixes an honest hardcore sound with a less aggressive approach. It's an amazingly fun record, and is catchy as hell. Key tracks: "I'm Not a Punk", "Myage", "Suburban Home", "Marriage"Insomniac
I chose this album over Dookie for a lot of different reasons, mostly for it's harder sound and darker lyrical content. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, and a truly under appreciated LP in general. For me, it's Green Day's shining moment. I'll never get tired of it. Key tracks: "Brain Stew", "Stuart and the Ave.", "Panic Song", "Brat", "Walking Contradiction" The Undertones
The Undertones are amazing. Simple as that. This album is a great precursor to what would become pop-punk. Simple tunes that pack a good punch -- you can't go wrong. Key tracks: "Teenage Kicks", "Jimmy Jimmy", "Here Comes The Summer", "Male Model"Another Music In A Different Kitchen
This was the second line-up of the Buzzcocks, with Pete Shelley singing, following the departure of original leader Howard Devoto. One of the classic pop-punk bands, it was hard for me to pick an album since they're all so amazing. But since this has "Orgasm Addict", I figure it's the one. Amazing band, and they're still doing it today. Key tracks: "Orgasm Addict", "Sixteen", "I Don't Mind", "Oh, Shit", "Whatever Happened To...?"
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this album. Like Insomniac, it's just pure pop-punk: driving rhythms, snotty vocals, and sugary melodies to boot. Each Saves The Day release stands on its own, but this is the one that sticks out the most for me. Amazing. Key tracks "You Vandal", "All-Star Me", "Through Being Cool", "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic" "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots"Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
One of two blink albums I've picked, this one really does show a maturation in their songwriting, even though there are songs about fucking dogs, pirates, mexican pirates and even your grandpa (depending on which version you purchased). Songs like "Stay Together For The Kids" and "Story of a Lonely Guy" show a genuine sincerity, while "Give Me One good Reason" and "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" keep it rooted deep in it's punk rock foundation. I'm sure people will be shocked I gave it the nod over "Dude Ranch" or "Enema of the State", but this is the pop-punk record by which I measure all others. Key Tracks: "Anthem Part II", "Roller Coaster", "Reckless Abandon", The Rock Show", "Every Time I Look For You", "Please Take Me Home" Pinkerton
Has all the elements of a pop-punk record, but ultimately to personal to go all the way. I included it, though, because I don't think there's a single alternative band that hasn't been influenced by Pinkerton. Every band has been trying to beat it since (including Weezer themselves), and you can hear an honest try in groups like Motion City Soundtrack, hellogoodbye, Reggie and the Full Effect, and The Plain White T's. Key Tracks: "Tired of Sex", "Why Bother?", "El Scorcho", "Pink Triangle"The Presidents of the United States of America
Everyone loves this record, and with good reason. It's a throw back to older-style pop-punk, but it's still a lot more fun than anything else you'd hear. A great example of a band just making music that they love. Truly a classic. Key Tracks "Lump", "Kitty", "Peaches", "Naked and Famous", "Dune Buggy"Can't Stand the Rezillos
One of the first punk bands to show a real pop inclination. It's a brave start to the genre, and a good example of how diverse the genre was during it's earliest origins. Sounds exactly like some of the shit I hear today, which is crazy, seeing as it came out in '78. Key Tracks: "Top of the Pops", "2000 A.D.", "Cold Wars", "I Like It", "No"blink-182
blink's best album, and the most artistic, deep pop-punk record ever made. The direction Mark, Tom and Travis were headed was something special. I'd give anything to see and hear the follow up to this album -- given each members newfound inspiration, I am sure it would have been nothing short of spectacular. But alas, we shall never know. Couldn't have ended it any better, though. Key Tracks: Every song.