With a total of seven Punk Goes Pop albums in the installment, the cross-genre cover series became not only a scene favorite, but also a helping hand for rising artists who expanded their horizons with iconic covers such as the Wanted’s “Glad You Came” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.”
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Now 19 years old, the Punk Goes… series is about to release the 19th volume in the series, Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 3. The new collection features predominantly chill, predominantly acoustic, always lively and entirely fresh takes of favorites and nuggets by a festival full of groups including Mayday Parade, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, Set It Off, Grayscale, Circa Survive and others.
Being old enough to vote, Punk Goes… has outlived its sometimes controversial novelty status by proving time and time again that music can take root wherever you plant it, whether the genre is reconstructing iconic songs from today’s FM dial, classic rock, Southern hip-hop, vintage metal or Warped Tour.
Because Fearless Records founder Bob Becker kicked off the series in 2000, the comp’s iterations have included Punk Goes Pop (seven volumes), Punk Goes Classic Rock, Punk Goes 80s, Punk Goes 90s (two volumes), Punk Goes X, Punk Goes Crunk, Punk Goes Acoustic (two volumes), Punk Goes Metal and Punk Goes Christmas. Punk Goes… historical favorites have included reimagined versions of tracks by Beyoncé, Michelle Branch, Miley Cyrus, Sia and Pharrell Williams.
The series is demonstrably, if not improbably, popular. Volumes have crashed the Billboard Top 200 and assorted other charts, powered by exclusive tracks from platinum acts such as A Day To Remember, AFI, All-American Rejects, Asking Alexandria, Andy Black & Juliet Simms, Rise Against, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens and Yellowcard. It’s a top seller, with sales over 2.5 million and streams approaching nearly a quarter-billion. Spotify plays demonstrate the adaptations’ true effect. Songs from the series routinely land in groups’ top five most-played songs.
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