Let’s review FOB’s career, shall we: hit it big with their debut LP, hit it massive with their sophomore effort, churned out two other solid albums, went on a four year hiatus and are now back with two more albums and slots playing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and football commercials. (What have you done during the last ten years?) What’s most impressive is FOB never forgetting their roots: They commit to producing and mentoring up-and-coming artists and still close every show with one of their first singles, “Saturday.”
When we talked to your current favorite pop-punk artists for our Pop Punk Special back in March, we were overwhelmed with how many of them cited Sum 41 as a heavy influence. Everyone from Trash Boat to Waterparks talked about listening to the first full-length, All Killer, No Filler, and knowing this was the sort of music they needed to make. The most effusive praise came from British upstarts ROAM, who just so happened to land a full UK tour with Sum this spring. How’s that for influence?
While they are definitely best known for the perfect summer song “Ocean Avenue,” Yellowcard not only brought pop punk to the mainstream, but they also made it unique by adding a violin. With both ballads and bangers to their name, they’re continuing their legacy by still releasing full-lengths—we can’t wait for their latest, out Sept. 30!
Sometimes a band’s influence is simply sticking around to continue to make awesome music. New Found have been touring and releasing LPs for almost twenty years, with all four current members having been around since the band’s inception in ’97. They paved the way for so many pop punk bands (some of whom are also on this list!) by taking them out on tour in their early days. And, of course, that’s all on top of creating songs meant for screaming every word at the top of your lungs.
These Canadian natives hit the scene hard with their debut, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls. While the album titles have gotten a tad more mature, their music still sounds made for every summer vacation. And now, 14 years into their career, they’re collabing with...Nelly? Yeah, you read that right. Just goes to show Simple Plan aren’t afraid to take risks and still keep coming out with awesome pop-influence albums.