The 10 best pop punk albums are clearly defined by their ability to collectively join together two genres: pop and punk music. Taking a few notes from each others' pages, pop punk music combines the melodies of pop music and the steady, fast rhythms of punk music.
- "American Idiot" by Green Day. Much like progressive rock, "American Idiot" follows a lead character (Jesus of Suburbia). The reason this album was so successful is because of Green Day's ability to maintain the pop punk sound while also straying into the progressive rock genre. They achieved this by letting go of the typical verse-chorus formula and went a different route in song structure.
- "Smash" by The Offspring. The Offspring showed their ability to flex their music muscle with the album "Smash." Not typically a band that would play pop punk in its beginning, The Offspring gravitated toward pop punk in 1994. With bands like Green Day artistically getting their messages across to the masses, The Offspring made their messages about gang violence and the state of existence with the album "Smash."
- "Enema Of The State" by Blink-182. Although "Enema Of The State" was Blink-182's third studio album, its certainly the album that put them on the charts. "Enema Of The State" is pop punk at its essence. The range of songs from "Adam's Song" to "What's My Age Again?" shows the bands ability to maintain the punk attitude while tugging at listener's heartstrings only in a way that pop can do.
- "The Young And The Hopeless" by Good Charlotte. The album "The Young and The Hopeless" was Good Charlotte's second studio album. With one studio album under their punk-studded belts, they were able to identify their strengths and polish their sounds.
- "It's A Shame About Ray" by The Lemonheads. The Lemonheads were one of the first pop punk bands to be able to cover an old song and make it into an entirely different animal. Their cover of "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel showed the world the grit that pop punk was made of.
- "Still Not Getting Any…" by Simple Plan. Released in 2004, Simple Plan reinstated pop punk's position in the hearts of the world. Not only did they prove there are still listeners out there, but that there were also ways to keep the pop punk genre interesting.
- "All Killer No Filler" by Sum 41. Sum 41's debut album, "All Killer, No Filler," presented itself in a neat little package of themes dealing with laziness, teenage depression, speculative ideas and, of course, girls. The album was relatable for anyone that was willing to listen and quickly climbed the charts.
- "Weezer" by Weezer. Also known as "The Blue Album," Weezer debuted their pop punk sound in 1994. The sound that stood out most in this album is the vocal play. Sounding more like a quartet than a pop punk band, Weezer made it a point to have beautiful vocals laid atop garage band chords.
- "Spend The Night" by The Donnas. Let's not forget the ladies! The Donnas reminded all pop punk followers that, while the boys were dominating, the girls were ever-so-slightly teasing. The fifth studio album, "Spend The Night," was such a commercial success that The Donnas started a following of female pop-punkers that keep turning heads to this day.
- "…And Out Come The Wolves" by Rancid. Because of the band's past in punk genre rock and roll, Rancid maintained its fan-base. They also maintained their ska sound, which originally helped them stand out in punk rock. However, in pop punk, they used their ska sound to make more beautiful melodies that can only be described as pop punk.
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