The early 2000s might have been a rough time for style (R.I.P. frosted tips), but it also was the golden age of second-wave pop punk. From New Found Glory to Cartel, we’ve found some of the best throwback tracks. Now dig out your old band T-shirts, and brace yourself for some nostalgia—here are 10 songs you probably forgot you knew the lyrics to.
10. The Academy Is… “Slow Down” 2005
“Hollywood hills and suburban thrills, hey you, who are you kidding?”
Chicago’s The Academy Is…. took the scene by storm with the release of their debut album, Almost Here, in 2005. “Slow Down” was the group’s second single for Fueled By Ramen. Though the band split in 2011, they briefly reunited for a successful reunion tour in honor of their debut album’s 10th year anniversary in 2015.
9. New Found Glory “My Friends Over You” 2002
“You were everything I wanted, but I just can't finish what I've started.”
Hailing from the era of frosted tips and early pop punk, “My Friends Over You,” from the 2002 album Sticks And Stones, is undoubtedly one of New Found Glory’s most memorable songs. In 2014, they released their latest studio album entitled Resurrection and followed that with a re-release the next year.
8. Taking Back Sunday “Liar [It Takes One To Know One]” 2006
“Liar (liar), if we're keeping score, we're all choir boys at best.”
This track was featured on Taking Back Sunday’s 2006 release, Louder Now—the band’s major label debut. Though guitarist Fred Mascherino (the Color Fred) left a year later, the band has gone on to release three more studio albums. They most recently toured alongside the Menzingers in support of their full-length album, Happiness Is.
7. Cute Is What We Aim For “Curse of Curves” 2006
“I want someone provocative and talkative, but it’s so hard when you’re shallow as a shower.”
Best known for their pop-punk hits (and equally pop-punk hair), Cute Is What We Aim For shot to success after signing with Fueled By Ramen in 2005. Even after a series of lineup changes, the band still is active, led by frontman Shaant Hacikyan.
6. Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades” 2003
“The fever, the focus, the reasons that I had to believe you weren't too hard to sell.”
Brand New achieved commercial success in 2003 with their second studio album, Déjà Entendu. It was certified gold and featured some of the band’s biggest hits including “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades” and “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows.” It’s been seven long years since their last release, Daisy, but it looks like the wait will be over in 2016.