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The 10 most influential bands of pop punk

June 14 2016, 12:18 PM EDT By Mackenzie Hall


It’s hard to mention pop punk in any way without saying Blink-182’s name in the same breath. Blink were one of the first bands to bring pop punk to the mainstream with incredible hooks, questionable lyrics and cheerful “fuck you and everyone you know” personalities.


Green Day

As much as we love Blink, even the most diehard fans have to admit that they learned some of their tricks from the other awesome Cali pop-punk band. GD are champions of bringing punk to America, and then the mainstream. In both looks and sound, most of the biggest pop-punk bands today are (lovingly) ripping off Green Day


Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte made waves by releasing The Young And The Hopeless back in 2002 and have been playing to crowds of stoked fans since. In fact, they’ll even be receiving the first-ever Classic Album Award at the APMAs. In addition to their music inspiring countless musicians to pick up instruments, the Madden bros & co. have also started their own management company and have brought up-and-coming bands like Waterparks out on tour with them.


Jimmy Eat World

Besides being known for “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World brought a more technical edge to the world of pop punk. They added deeper lyrical content and precise musicianship to a genre that somehow became notorious for less-than-stellar live shows and songs about “getting the girl.”  They’re currently writing their ninth (yes, ninth) studio album.



Basically every band you like now were influenced by a band who was influenced by MxPx, if not directly. They brought together the best parts of hardcore, punk and pop hooks to make music that will either make you belt out the lyrics or smash someone’s headlight in...or maybe both at the same time. They have a plentiful discography full of pop-punk classics that have spanned generations. Not convinced? Check out frontman Mike Herrera performing with Simple Plan at last year’s APMAs: