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Pop Punk is making a comeback in 2020s mainstream music

Everyone who’s anyone remembers the pop punk classics of the early 2000’s. Whether it’s Blink 182’s immature, fun and sometimes melodramatic vibes, or Paramore’s fast and upbeat rhythms, pop punk was the mainstream of its time. It was the genre of teen angst and partying. 

You’d hear it everywhere from movies to commercials, but overtime its popularity waned in favor of other genres of music such as hip hop and pop.

via Bad Boy Records | Interscope Records (from left to right) YUNGBLUD, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker

Pop Punk never really died off as it was always supported by a loyal following that kept it alive through the 2010s. Bands like Neck Deep is the largest pop punk band out there right now with 1.4 million listeners on Spotify, and The Story So Far whose songs were the anthem of Tumblr pop punk girls for years. 

via Hopeless Records

Lately Pop Punk has been seeing a revival of sorts. A few releases from the genre have topped billboards, while several rappers have been dipping their toes into the genre with a song or two. It’s safe to say people are showing an interest in pop punk once more.

This renewed interest isn’t coming from nowhere. Travis Barker, who is the drummer for the legendary Blink-182, has been a huge help in bringing the genre back into the spotlight. His music label DTA Records has signed on many new artists. He has also been collaborating with rappers and artists (GHOSTMANE and $UICIDEBOY$ to name a few), and introducing them to the genre. 

Now speaking of rappers, Machine Gun Kelly recently released an entirely pop punk album called ‘Tickets to my Downfall’, which debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200.

Travis Barker and Rapper MOD SUN also helped make a short film about the album called Downfalls High, which features notable artists such as Lil Huddy, Jxdn and Ian Dorr among others.

MOD SUN, a rapper who has also made pop punk songs in the past, recently collabed with Avril Lavigne to make the song Flames. That’s right, the same Avril Lavigne that every highschool girl from 2005 tried to look like. 

via Bad Boy Records | Interscope Records

There’s also YUNGBLUD whose pop punk songs like Parents, wouldn’t feel out of place in a radio station from 20 years ago. Newer artists from TikTok like Jxdn and LilHuddy have also released pop punk songs, and are making it big on Spotify with 4 and 1.4 million listeners a month respectively. 

Familiar faces like Avril Lavigne as stated earlier are still around. Recently All Time Low, who was one of the staples of the genre back in the late 2000s, released a song called Monster, which was number one on Billboard Top 100 for 18 weeks and is their best performing song to date.

Whether pop punk is back on its feet, perhaps just the newest fad, or the beginning of something new altogether who can say? 

But one thing’s for sure, if you’re a big fan of the genre or have been in the past, these artists are breathing a new life into it with their music. And who knows? They may have something you may like and as fans that’s reason enough to celebrate.

POP! Creator Community/Viking Ulanday 


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