The Music Man: Eleven songs to unleash your #InnerAngstFilledPopPunkEmo14YearOldCirca2007

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In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, I’ve been going through a pop punk revival in my music listening habits as of late. It all started with alternative radio station 96.5 The Buzz’s back to back concerts with Death Cab for Cutie and Brand New, which prompted me to unleash my inner angst-filled pop punk emo 14-year-old circa 2007 and be extremely envious of anyone who got to see either of these bands. Because of this, I decided to make a list of 11 essential pop punk songs and describe the reasoning behind each one’s inclusion in two sentences (to save you from reading a novella on how amazing Green Day is). So, uh, yeah. Read it.

“My Happy Ending,” Avril Lavigne

When it comes to pop punk, Avril Lavigne is pretty much a princess — if not a queen. She has a ton of good material, but “My Happy Ending” stands out for executing a typical pop punk sound flawlessly.

“Mix Tape,” Brand New

I honestly didn’t hear this song until The Buzz played it last Friday in anticipation of that night’s Brand New concert. “Mix Tape” has some lyrics that are even better than “Everything Is Alright,” but it really shines in the second verse, as Brand New led vocalist/guitarist Vincent Accardi’s vocals are actually perfect.

“Ocean Avenue,” Yellowcard

“Ocean Avenue” has everything a good pop punk song needs — a great storyline, some on point guitars and emotional vocals. What puts it over the top is the fact that Yellowcard violinist/vocalist Sean Mackin exists and contributes his amazing violin abilities to the chorus.

“Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team),” Taking Back Sunday

The call and response vocals in parts of this song set it apart from the rest. Also, Taking Back Sunday always performs with unrivaled passion, which makes “Cute Without the E (Cut from the Team),” even better.

“Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy,” Fall Out Boy

Few things evoke pop punk better than vintage Fall Out Boy. There was also no way I would leave this song and its iconic chorus off this list.

“Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects

I was honestly torn between whether I should include “Gives You Hell” or “Swing, Swing” by The All-American Rejects. In the end, I went with the former because literally no song better evokes anger.

“Brick by Boring Brick,” Paramore

First off, Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams is amazing when it comes to women in pop punk. Second off, this song is so powerful and raw when it comes to actual pop punk.

“I Miss You,” blink-182

“I Miss You” is such a sweet song that I nearly melt every time I hear it. And, as if that isn’t enough, blink-182 (former) lead vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge sings with the voice of an angel.

“I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! At The Disco

This song is the definition of iconic pop punk music. Between its extremely quotable lyrics, perfect music video and overall on-par performance, it’s pretty awesome.

“Jesus of Suburbia,” Green Day

Green Day is such an essential pop punk band, and every single song off “American Idiot” is such an essential pop punk song. “Jesus of Suburbia” rises above because it’s a nine-minute, five-part epic that spans all sorts of emotions.

“Welcome to the Black Parade,” My Chemical Romance

I felt kind of obligated to include a My Chemical Romance song on this list, as the band has quite a dedicated following. I get chills nearly every time I listen to “Welcome to the Black Parade” and, by the end of the song, I usually want to cry — is there anything else good music should do?

And there you have it. If you, too, feel inspired to binge-listen to the best in pop punk like I did this past week, just blast these songs and some of your own favorites at a rebelliously-loud volume and you should be perfect.

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