My Top 100 Songs: 50-41

50. Self-Esteem – The Offspring

This, along with many other songs found on Guitar Hero is one of the major reasons I got into punk and pop-punk as a genre. I heard this, along with Sum 41’s ‘Motivation’ and Rise Against’s ‘Savior’, decided to find more bands that made that kind of music, and have never looked back since.

Find it on: Smash (1994)

49. Almost – Bowling For Soup

In this song, Bowling For Soup, who are known for making a lot of joke songs, and never taking themselves to seriously, create quite a hard hitting sad song. It combines the catchy pop-punk that they are known for, with well written lyrics, and a touch of Bowling For Soup’s trademark silliness to great effect.

Find it on: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004)

48. Snuff – Slipknot

Generally, I appreciate Slipknot for what they’ve done in the music scene, but have never really got into their music, but this song is a masterpiece. It shows some of the most honest lyrics Corey Taylor has written to date, and if this doesn’t give you goosebumps, nothing will.

Find it on: All Hope Is Gone (2008)

47. Panic Station – Muse

From a sad, slow song, to a happy, fast one, this is by far the catchiest song Muse have ever written. What really shines for me about it is how much fun they seemed to be having while making it. It’s just a really fun song.

Find it on: The Second Law (2012)

46. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Does this song even need any introduction. Not only is it one of the catchiest songs ever written, it helped to define pop-punk in its early days. This song will go down in history.

Find it on: Bleed American (2001)

45. Ode To Sleep – Twenty One Pilots

This song isn’t just special to me because it sounds great, but also because the lyrics really resonate with me. It talks about that time at night when negative thoughts begin to creep into your head just before you go to sleep. And in my opinion, it’s a perfect portrayal of these thoughts.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

44. Karate – Babymetal

This may come as a surprise, but I think Babymetal are far more than just a gimmick. They blend the backing music of a metal band with the vocals of a J-pop band, and do it really well. The melodies are catchy, and the instrumentals are intense, and I feel like that’s a really interesting balance that hasn’t been explored enough yet.

Find it on: Metal Resistance (2016)

43. Always – Panic! At That Disco

From an intense song, to a minimal, acoustic one, this is the beautiful highlight of the masterpiece that is Vices and Virtues. It combines beautiful acoustic guitar, beautiful singing and beautiful lyrics, and I couldn’t possibly love it any more.

Find it on: Vices and Virtues (2010)

42. Kids – MGMT

Oddly enough, I found this one on a FIFA video game soundtrack when I was younger, and it has stuck with me ever since. If you can listen to it without it getting it stuck in your head, congratulations.

Find it on: Oracular Spectacular (2007)

41. Lovely – Twenty One Pilots

From one catchy song to another, this is one of four amazing bonus tracks to Twenty One Pilots’ Vessel. While not the best of those bonus tracks, it is still a masterpiece in itself, and features some great lyrics from Tyler Joseph.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

Come back in a couple of weeks for more of my favourite songs!

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Classic Album Review: Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough To Dance

Bowling For Soup have been creating the catchiest pop-punk for well over 25 years now. While some people may say that their music has lessened in quality recently, no one can deny that they still have a talent for writing some incredibly catchy hooks. And that ability catapulted them into fame in the early 2000’s, so much that their name is still mentioned amongst the greatest pop-punk bands of that era. There was one album that started all of this success though, and that was 2002’s Drunk Enough To Dance. This album would change their fortunes forever.

Without listening closely enough, this may sound like just your average 21st century pop-punk album. But what’s unique about it is vocalist Jaret Reddick’s ability to create a catchy hook. From the chorus of ‘Emily’ alone, I knew that this would be a memorable album. Every song has something catchy about it, from the first track to the last, and even on incredible bonus track ‘Punk Rock 101’. Are all of the songs perfect? Of course not, but all of them are good enough to stay in your head for the next week or so. And let’s be honest, what more can you ask for? The lyrical side of the album isn’t bad either. Most of the songs have that trademark Reddick humour that Bowling For Soup songs are known for. Occasionally this can come across as childish, but never enough to be a real problem.

Even if the name Drunk Enough To Dance might not be remembered much by pop-punk fans in ten years or so, the songs will definitely stick to people’s memories. The songs are catchy, energetic, and humorous, which is exactly what any pop punk album needs. This album has had a lot more influence, and is a lot better than people give it credit for. I hope it will be listened to for years to come.

Best song: Emily

Score: 8/10

My Top 100 Songs: 80-71

80. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

Bowling For Soup have always been an insanely catchy band, but this catches them at their very best. It is important to note that this is not exactly their song, as it was originally written by a band called SR-71, but in this version, the loud guitars were toned down a little, and a great guitar riff was added. It’s an example of how to cover a song perfectly.

Find it on: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004)

79. Pretty Little Distance – As It Is

From one piece of pop-punk perfection to another, this perfectly encapsulates what As It Is are all about. Excellent vocals and a catchy chorus mix together to make a song that I’ve been singing ever since I first heard it.

Find it on: okay. (2017)

78. Hoodwinker – Enter Shikari

Rou Reynolds’ voice is powerful, and this song is a perfect demonstration of it. He both screams and sings on this song, and sounds just as good while doing both. Coupled with the incredible guitar work, this song really packs a punch.

Find it on: N/A (This was released as a single on its own)

77. Reckless – You Me At Six

There is really nothing more to this than the fact that it’s a really fun, well made pop-punk song. The chorus is catchy, the guitar riff is great, and the song as a whole is pretty flawless. It’s just a lot of good fun.

Find it on: Sinners Never Sleep (2011)

76. State Of The Union – Rise Against

If ‘Hoodwinker’ turns things up to a ten, then this song turns then all the way up to an eleven. This is probably the most intense song Rise Against have ever written, and is a scathing critique of America under George Bush. I’d like to say that things have got better since then, but all you need to do is look at the news to realise it’s not.

Find it on: Siren Song Of The Counter Culture (2004)

75. Dosed – Red Hot Chili Peppers

This song is a true masterpiece; the Kiedis vocals and Frusciante’s guitar work blend together to create a truly beautiful song. But not only is it beautiful, it is truly heartfelt, with some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best ever vocals.

Find it on: By The Way (2002)

74. Diamond Eyes [Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom] – Shinedown

Shinedown have written some great hard rock songs in their time as a band, but for me this rises above all of them. The mix of soft guitar in the intro going into a great guitar riff and shouted vocals works perfectly, and the chorus sound as epic as anything they have ever written.

Find it on: The Sound Of Madness (2008)

73. All You Are Is History – State Champs

State Champs are yet another one of the fantastic up-and-coming pop-punk bands at the moment, and this song is great proof. Often overlooked because of other hit single, ‘Secrets’, I feel that this song is a gem. It has everything a pop-punk song needs and more.

Find it on: Around The World And Back (2015)

72. Witchcraft – Pendulum

This may seem like a bit of a strange choice considering all of the other music I’m into, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. The mix of guitar, a catchy hook, and intense electronic elements makes this a perfect song for me.

Find it on: Immersion (2010)

71. In My Mind – The Amazons

I fell in love when I saw this song live. I’d already heard it, but never fully taken it in before then. The power of the guitar and the great vocals of the chorus really hit me then, and I’ve never stopped listening to it since.

Find it on: The Amazons (2017)

Tune in in a couple of weeks for songs 70 – 61!