Since they exploded onto the global music scene, Blink 182 have become the most commercially successful band in pop punk history, with their album Enema Of The State selling 15 million copies worldwide, bringing the genre into the public eye and paving the way for peers and contemporaries alike. This exuberant style of high speed, guitar driven, punk infused pop has spawned many bands like Blink, and if you’re a fan of one of the biggest names in the industry, then let me introduce you to a few more bands like Blink that you might just love.
Fountains Of Wayne
Essential Tracks: ‘Stacey’s Mom’, ‘1-95’, ‘Hey Julie’
New York pop punk band Fountains Of Wayne were formed in 1996, with their self-titled debut album spawning the tracks ‘Radiation Vibe’ and ‘Sink To The Bottom’. Following this release, the band embarked on a world tour, sharing the stage with Smashing Pumpkins and The Lemonheads. Fountains Of Wayne are probably best known for their hook laden 2003 single ‘Stacey’s Mom’, a musical feast of pop punk perfection. Notably bassist and songwriter Adam Schlesinger has won Grammy and Emmy awards, and has collaborated on songs for Josie And The Pussycats and That Thing You do.
Jimmy Eat World
Essential Tracks: ‘Always Be’, ’Hear You Me’, ‘Sweetness’
Formed in Arizona in 1993, Jimmy Eat World comprises of Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch and Zach Lind. With eight studio albums to their name, Jimmy Eat World found initial commercial success in 2001 with the release of the album Bleed America (later re-issued as Jimmy Eat World). Probably best known for their single ‘The Middle’, which hit the top of the charts, Jimmy Eat World has an accessible, guitar driven sound, and with work on their ninth album going on at present, it’s a formula that should continue to serve them well.
New Found Glory
Essential Tracks: ‘My Friends Over You’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Hit Or Miss’
Florida band New Found Glory were formed in 1997 and emerged as the second wave of pop punk swept across America, cited alongside Blink as the key pioneers who helped create the blueprint for the genre. The band’s energy on stage and sing-along anthems are hard to dislike, and comparisons with Blink have to be made. Now with eight albums under their belt and a cult following, New Found Glory’s ability to reflect realism and honesty in their lyrics, coupled with an infectious buoyancy to their music, has ensured this band’s longevity in the business.
Bowling For Soup
Essential Tracks: ‘Almost’, ‘1985’, ‘Punk Rock 101’
Hailing from Texas and formed in 1994, Bowling For Soup inject some humour into the pop punk genre with their effortlessly catchy songs, Jaret Reddick’s likeable vocals and inimitably energetic presence. Bowling For Soup’s second studio album Drunk Enough To Dance, spawned probably one of their best known songs ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 2003. In 2007, Bowling For Soup provided the theme song for Disney’s Phineas And Ferb, and also made an appearance in the episode Phineas And Ferb’s Quantum Boogaloo. Their current greatest hits album, entitled Song’s People Actually Liked Volume 1, covers the first ten years of their career.
Essential tracks: ‘The Anthem’, ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘Little Things’
Maryland pop punk band Good Charlotte was formed in 1996, with twins Joel and Benji Madden on vocals. Whilst their first album had a fairly lukewarm response, Good Charlotte’s second album, The Young And The Hopeless, catapulted the band into the mainstream spotlight in 2002, spawning the chart topping single ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous’. With five albums to their name, Good Charlotte perfected the anthemic Green Day style pop punk sound before their hiatus in 2011.
Plain White T’s
Essential tracks: ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘Our Time Now’, ‘1, 2, 3, 4’
Formed in Illinois in 1997, Plain White T’s hit the charts at #1 with ‘Hey There Delilah’ in 2005 after paying their dues in the underground clubs and bars of Chicago. Now with seven albums to date, their catchy, accessible pop punk sound has proven popular with a younger audience, notably they appeared in an episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly and won a Teen Choice Award for ‘Delilah’. For a more punk orientated style, check out vocalist Tom Higgenson and rhythm guitarist Dave Tirio’s side project That Lying Bitch.