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3 pop punk albums to listen to this summer
While die-hard fans will argue that the golden age of pop punk ended a decade ago, this summer's popular new albums could have them thinking otherwise. A number of the genre's most beloved bands released some great new music recently. And while it's modern enough for you to enjoy on your commute to work, it'll still make the teenager inside of you want to bang your head.
Not sure where to begin your reintroduction to the pop punk genre? Here's a handy list of this summer's top three pop punk albums you should be listening to.
1. Blink 182 - California
Although they may be fronted by a new lead singer, Blink-182 is still delivering the same hits fans came to expect from them throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Vocalist Tom Delonge, who left the band for the second time in 2015 (reportedly to pursue his passion for aliens), is replaced by former Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba on the album.
California is Blink 182's first studio album since 2011, but its songs allude to the band's earliest days. Some of the record's most popular songs are Bored to Death and She's Out of Her Mind.
2. Good Charlotte - Youth Authority
Forever towing the fine line between pop punk and goth, Good Charlotte's music appealed to the most gnawing aspects of teenage angst. This is the first major album for the band, which took a brief hiatus between 2012 and 2015, after releasing Cardiology in 2010.
You won't need to drag out your high school diary when listening to Youth Authority, as it has a decidedly mature vibe, despite its name. The album's first single, Life Can't Get Much Better, has a more upbeat melody and message than the band's early work.
3. Say Anything - I Don't Think It Is
Although Say Anything's latest album was released in February, its songs are perfect for blasting on summer nights. The band formed in Los Angeles in 2002 and broke onto the scene during the genre's heyday, but has continued to release solid albums for the past 14 years.
While I Don't Think It Is is certainly reminiscent of Say Anything's earliest albums, most of the similarities lie in lead singer Max Bemis' signature vocals. In addition to Bemis' quintessential pop punk tone, the album's songs offer some newer sounds as well. Kick off your Say Anything binge by listening to the tracks Jiminy and Rum.
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