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Pop punk
Stylistic origins Punk rock, pop, powerpop, New Wave
Cultural origins mid-1970s United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries
Typical instruments Vocals - Electric guitar - Bass - drums - occasional use of other instruments (such as keyboards)
Mainstream popularity Various degrees of commercial success since the late 1970s; massive international commercial success in the 1990s and 2000s.
Other topics
List of pop punk bands- New Wave music - Post-punk - Skate punk - Ska punk - Alternative rock - Emo

Pop punk (also known as punk pop and other names) is a form of rock music. It is recognised as a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees. Allmusic describes the genre as a strand of alternative rock, which typically merges pop melodies with speedy punk tempos, chord changes and loud guitars.[1]

It is not clear when the term pop punk was first used, but pop-influenced punk rock had been around since the mid- to late-1970s; performed by bands such as the Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Undertones, and Descendents.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Bad Religion, who started in 1980, were another band that helped lay the groundwork for contemporary pop punk.[8][9][10] In the mid-1990s, the Northern California-based pop punk band Green Day and as well as the Southern California-based pop punk bands Blink-182 and The Offspring, achieved worldwide commercial success. About.com has described contemporary pop punk bands as having "a radio friendly sheen to their music, but still maintaining much of the speed and attitude of classic punk rock".[11]

From the mid-1990s onwards, some bands associated with the genre have been described as "happy punk," "faux-punk," "mall punk," "pseudo-punk," "bubblegum punk," or "surf punk."[12][13]



Origins (1974-1980s)

The pop punk style emerged at the onset of punk rock around 1974, with the Ramones; however, it was not considered a separate subgenre until later. The Ramones' loud and fast melodic minimalism differentiated them from other bands in New York City's budding art rock scene. Protopunk and power pop bands had also helped lay the groundwork for the pop punk sound. An early use of the term pop punk appeared in a 1977 New York Times article, Cabaret: Tom Petty's Pop Punk Rock Evokes Sounds of 60's.[14] By 1977, punk rock had already become a much more active and concentrated movement in the United Kingdom than in New York City. Buzzcocks, Generation X, 999, The Jam, The Rezillos, The Lurkers, The Undertones, and The Shapes featured catchy melodies and lyrics that sometimes dealt with relatively light themes such as teenage romance. Many mod revival bands also displayed pop punk leanings.

By 1981, hardcore punk had emerged in the United States, with louder, faster music than punk bands. Vocal harmony, melodic instrumentation and 4/4 drumming were replaced with shouting, discordant instrumentation, and experimental rhythms. A few bands, such as Descendents and The Vandals, began to combine hardcore with pop music to create a new, faster pop punk sound, sometimes referred to as popcore (or skatecore). Their positive yet sarcastic approach began to separate them from the more serious hardcore scene. The term pop punk was used in the 1980s, in publications such as Maximum RocknRoll, to describe bands similar to Social Distortion, Agent Orange, and TSOL.[15]

Independent pop punk (early 1990s and later)

Guttermouth - live in concert

Pop punk in the United States underwent a resurgence in the early to mid 1990s. Though often regarded as the most mainstream of punk music styles, many pop punk bands retained a do it yourself (DIY) approach to their music. Pop punk at that time was not commercially viable, and no major record label signed a pop punk band until Blink 182's breakthrough in 1998. Both these factors contributed to the emergence of a number of independent record labels, often run by people in bands in order to release their own music and that of their friends. The independent labels Lookout! Records, Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph Records achieved commercial success after bands such as Green Day brought in a new audience for pop punk.

Popular acceptance (1994-1997)

In February 1994, Green Day released Dookie, the band's first album on a major label after starting out on the independent Lookout! Records. The first single, "Longview", instantly became a hit on MTV and modern rock stations across America and the UK. Following the success of their first single, Green Day released "Basket Case", which became an even bigger hit. Other hits from the album included "When I Come Around", "Welcome to Paradise" and "She". Dookie sold 10 million copies in the US and 20 million copies worldwide. Green Day performed at Woodstock '94 and on Saturday Night Live, and appeared on the covers of Spin and Rolling Stone. They won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

Shortly after the release of Dookie, The Offspring released the album Smash on the independent label Epitaph Records. The first single, "Come Out and Play", had a pop punk sound that differed from their earlier work and became popular first on radio and later on MTV. Other singles, "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away", sold well. The album sold over 14 million copies worldwide, setting a record for most albums sold on an independent label.[16]

By the end of the year, Dookie and Smash had sold millions of copies.[17] The commercial success of these two albums attracted major label interest in pop punk, with bands such as Bad Religion being offered lucrative contracts to leave their independent record labels.

In the mid-1990s, a ska punk revival was taking place, led by bands such as Sublime. Some ska punk, such as that recorded by Goldfinger and Less Than Jake, shared many characteristic of pop punk, such as an upbeat sound.

By 1997, pop punk's audience had expanded significantly. Green Day's song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", from their album Nimrod, brought pop punk to new levels of mainstream acceptance. The song was used in one of the final episodes of Seinfeld in 1998, exposing Green Day's music to a wider audience. Also in 1997, Blink-182 released their second album and first commercial hit, Dude Ranch. It included two of the trio's most popular songs at the time, "Dammit" and "Josie".

Continued mainstream ascent (1998-2002)

In 1998, The Offspring released the album Americana. This period of The Offspring's career is generally seen as their mainstream peak. The band released their next album Conspiracy of One (2000) on Napster before they released it on Columbia Records, sacrificing album sales so their fans could enjoy their music for free. Americana went platinum many times over, and produced hit singles and videos such as; "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", "Why Don't You Get a Job?", and "The Kids Aren't Alright".

In 1999, trio Blink-182 released Enema of the State, which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The album had three hit singles, including the #1 Single "All The Small Things" and the #2 singles "What's My Age Again?", and "Adam's Song". Like Green Day five years before them, Blink-182 inspired teens to jam out catchy, fun, four-chord pop punk tunes. Also in 1999, Lit released their second album A Place in the Sun which peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the single "My Own Worst Enemy" which spent 11 weeks at #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. In 2000, "Good Charlotte" realeased their first self titled album "Good Charlotte". In 2002 Good Charlotte released their second album "The Young and the Hopeless (Good Charlotte Album)" which went triple platinum. Blink-182's album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts and sold over four million copies in the US. The album produced the modern rock and TRL hits "The Rock Show", "First Date", and "Stay Together For The Kids". Also in 2001, Sum 41 released its major label debut All Killer No Filler which went multi-platinum and carried the hit singles "Fat Lip" , "In Too Deep" , and "Motivation" , all of which featured prominently on TRL and modern rock charts. In 2002, Blink-182 co-headlined one of the biggest tours in pop-punk history: the successful Pop Disaster Tour with Green Day. In 2002, Simple Plan released their first album, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls. Also in the summer of 2002, New Found Glory released their third album, Sticks and Stones which received a fair amount of mainstream success with singles such as "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision".

Contemporary mainstream pop punk (2003 and later)

In 2003, pop punk band The Ataris released their breakthrough album So Long, Astoria. It included their first top 40 hit, a cover of "The Boys of Summer". Also in 2003, Blink-182 released a Self-titled album, which garnered the band several hits, such as "Feeling This", "Always", "Down" and "I Miss You." Some pop punk bands started playing a lyrically darker style of music, sometimes described as emo (although this was a reappropration of a term that had been in use much longer). In 2003, Florida pop punk band Yellowcard released the album Ocean Avenue and the hit singles "Ocean Avenue", "Way Away" and "Only One". New Found Glory released Catalyst in 2004, which included the hit, "All Downhill from Here". Although some songs on the album expanded on the band's hardcore influences, other songs added synthesizers and keyboards.[18]

In October 2003, Sum 41 released the album Chuck, which mixed pop punk with several other genres, including thrash metal, alternative rock, hardcore and had some slower-paced songs. Their first single, "We're All to Blame," reached #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts, and the single "Pieces" topped the charts in Canada. Also in 2004, Green Day released the politically-driven rock opera American Idiot. The singles "American Idiot", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday", and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" received international airplay and MTV video rotation. In July 2007, Sum 41 released Underclass Hero, which sounded more like their album All Killer No Filler than their heavier albums such as Chuck. Also in 2007, MxPx released their eighth studio album, Secret Weapon, which signified a return to their punk rock roots.

In 2009, New Found Glory signed to independent punk label Epitaph Records and released their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight. Blink-182 then announced that they were reuniting and working on a new album. Green Day released the follow up to the extremely popular American Idiot with 21st Century Breakdown on May 15, 2009.

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Simple English

Pop-Punk or Punk-Pop, is a form of popular music that blends punk rock with pop music and rock music. Pop-punk music has a lighter, happier sound than most punk rock and hardcore punk music. Most punk rock and hardcore punk music sounds angry and harsh, and has lyrics (words) about protest and anger.


Late 1970s and 1980s pop-punk

There are several types of pop-punk. An early type of pop-punk was developed right after Punk rock became popular in the late 1970s. Most of this kind of music is very much like Punk rock, but it features things from other kinds of music like pop music and older rock music, and country music, so different people can enjoy it. Some people call the Ramones a pop-punk band. The Ramones were a band from the United States.

1990s pop-punk

In the 1990s, pop-punk became very popular in North America. Bands such as Green Day and Blink-182 sold millions of recordings and did many tours.

Present day

In the 2000s, which is the decade we are in now, many bands have joined, or contributed to the pop punk genre. They include Relient K, FM Static, Hawk Nelson, and Amber Pacific.


Some people who like 1970s punk rock or 1980s hardcore punk do not like pop-punk. The 1970s punk rock or 1980s hardcore punk was usually angry, rebellious protest music. In contrast, 1990s pop-punk songs are nicer and lighter. Some people think 1990s pop-punk is too commercialized and nothing like the older punk music from the 1970s and 1980s.


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