Top 5 Punk Rock Albums


Willie Williams

Punk Rock Albums

Willie Williams, Staff Writer

Top 5 Pop Punk/Punk Rock Albums of all time

5. American Idiot by Green Day—2004
Now I understand if you’re tired of hearing Green Day’s “American Idiot” being played on the radio 20 times a day, I am too, so that’s why I no longer listen to the radio. Anyways, this album was released in 2004 and this was said to be Green Day’s greatest albums with songs like “Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Jesus of Suburbia” “Wake me up when September Ends,” and the one that literally everybody knows, “American Idiot.” With this album came an extreme push for success for Green Day and a rise in Pop Punk music as everyone and lets be honest, this is just straight up everybody’s favorite Green Day album, at least I would admit this is my favorite.

4. Riot! By Paramore—2007
This album has so many great songs on this that it’s hard to even name one of them as the best off of this album. This album was released in 2007 and once again brought punk rock right back up to the top ever since. Some people were even more proud of this band as the lead singer was a female and some of the selfish rockers that we got back in 80’s and 90’s always said that girls couldn’t sing for rock bands, well eat this cause we got Hayley Williams. Not only did people love how Williams was taking over as singer for the group, but the fact that the rest of the band were guys is really what got people thinking that the guys that started this band recruited Williams, kind of like the band, No Doubt, but you know, at least Hayley Williams and Paramore are still a band and Williams isn’t running off doing her own solo career like Stefani from No Doubt. Anyways, enough shade, this album is indeed a classic to punk rock history as well as a classic to the radio and I only say that because the radio loved playing their same 2 songs over and over again, “Misery Business,” and “That’s What You Get” as these two are actually my favorite songs by Paramore.

3. Take off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink-182—2001
This album has been said to be Blink-182’s best album with hit songs like “First Date,” “Stay Together for the Kids,” “The Rock Show,” “Shut Up,” and “Please Take Me Home.” Now before you want to go out and buy this album, I have to warn you that there is a lot of language throughout the songs, and there’s obviously a parental advisory sticker on the album, so make sure your parents approve of this before you go and buy the album. This album is also said to be Tom Delonge’s best work, Tom is the lead guitarist and singer for the band, at the time but he later left in 2005, came back in 2009, and then left again in 2015. Off of this album I would have to say that “First Date” would be my favorite only because I love the punk rock guitar by Tom as well as his vocals and the music video for this song is my all time favorite by Blink-182 and honestly this album in general I’d say is Blink-182’s best studio album to be released.

2. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance—2004
Why wouldn’t I put My Chemical Romance on this list? Although “The Black Parade” is said to be My Chemical Romance’s most known for “Welcome to the Black Parade,” in most of MCR’s fans opinions, this album is the best of the best. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge debuted hits such as “Helena,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” “The Ghost of You,” and “Thanks for the Venom.” You can’t possibly go wrong with this MCR album as everything was perfect even down to Gerard Way’s long hair and how he actually looked somewhat like a vampire. So not only do you get the looks but you get the music, this album didn’t have a song on here that disappointed me, I love all the songs on this album but if I had to pick a favorite one that I listened to the most, I’d have to say “Thank You For the Venom” which actually features more of a metal intro with the guitar, that’s basically the number one reason why I love this song so much. I just feel like this is where Punk Rock really came up to the top, in 2004 with this album

1. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! At the Disco—2006
Ah yes…Panic! At the Disco’s very first album in 2005. Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Jon Walker, and Spencer Smith the amazing four boys that released this album, debuted songs such as “Time to Dance,” “But it’s Better if You Do,” “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off,” “Build God Then We’ll Talk,” and of course “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” This album also actually ironically won album of the year back in 2006 where they also went on a tour with some other unknown bands. This album came with a rise in instant fame for Panic! At the Disco as well as rumors and publicity for the band, this is where punk rock fans went absolutely ballistic with themselves as nobody could get enough of Panic! At the Disco’s punk rock material. This album was much like My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” for me since I loved every song on this album as well. Of course I have my own personal favorite that I still can’t top with any of the other songs on the album, and that song is not only great on the studio album but they sound absolutely phenomenal live whenever they played the song, and that song is “Time to Dance.”