Pop Punk (or Punk Rock) is a music genre known for its deep emotional intensity.
Often this is taken to mean that the songs, while having a great beat, are rooted in sad topics that aren't exactly the best for making you feel confident and ready to take on the world.
While this may be true for some of the songs in this genre, pop punk also offers a bunch of songs intended to inspire you... and it has the perfect beat for that mood.
There are a lot of bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco that are known for this upbeat style, but a lot of other famous bands such as Green Day, blink-182, and Simple Plan have great songs to get you inspired too. Give it a listen and get pumped up for whatever you plan to take on today.
Stop with the country. Stop with the EDM. Instead, take a load off and listen to my eclectic compilation of throwback jams. There's 100 percent guarantee that one of these songs makes you think of that OTPHJ you got in 8th grade from Shannon T.
Introducing what is probably the ultimate playlist for boosting your self-confidence and ego. Over 60 tracks and four hours in length of songs that can help inspire, motivate and praise, while telling your haters to f*** off and telling your obstacles "F*** you, you're going down."
This playlist is filled with songs from rock, to pop, to rap. I've even added a few soundtrack songs -- one anime opening theme, the famous Last of the Mohicans song and two WWE entrance themes -- all because I can see these having the power to help you get up and fight.
Some of my favorite tracks:
"The Burden of Being Wonderful" by Steel Panther -- If you know Steel Panther, it's most likely from their song "Gloryhole" and the accompanying music video (yes, really). But this band known for it's entertaining, yet sometimes vulgar, lyrics also produced this humorous song about the subject being better than everyone else. While the song and band don't have a serious tone, people have identified with this song believe it or not. Heck, I can't believe I haven't found anyone who uses this as entrance music, especially a professional wrestling villain. I'm calling dibs on this song then.
"Not Giving Up" by The Crash Motive -- Some of you may recognize this song from Madden NFL 07, which was actually my first Madden video game. This song, especially the chorus, is perfect to remind you to be strong in heart and, well, not give up under any circumstances.
"Not Gonna Die" and "Rise" by Skillet -- Skillet is awesome. They're always the band I turn to when I need motivation, and they're definitely one of my favorite bands. Believe it or not, they're a Christian rock band, but you may not even be able to tell based on some of their songs. Experience a sample of their awesomeness with this playlist.
"Can You Hear Me Now?" -- Perfect when you've conquered, or ready to conquer, and you wanna scream something to your critics and doubters.
"Hate Me Now" by Nas-- Egotistical ones who like rap, especially 90s rap, this is your song.
"The Man" by Aloe Blacc -- Put in your headphones and walk on, just like in those old Beats by Dre commercials.
But basically, all these songs are awesome and fit in one way or another. Have a listen and enjoy. Because you can do it, you never-say-die folks (or you egotistical ones)!
(Not) Going Through A Middle School Phase Playlist
It's who I am, mom!
We all had the skate shoes, the embarrassing MySpace pictures, and every argument with our parents seemed like the end of the world. For some reason, when times got tough (i.e. your parents didn't let you go to the local Catholic school Friday night dance) we turned to some really heavy punk pop and rock to soothe our angsty little souls.
This is a playlist for those nights, but also for when you get in that occasional angry mood and become a little nostalgic about how much you used to overreact.
Obviously, there are staple bands like blink-182, Fall Out Boy, and Green Day, but more importantly, there are tons of bands you might have let slip through the cracks as you grew up. Included are AFI, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and plenty others for your dark filled night!
Grab a Monster energy drink, turn it up as loud as you can, and let the tears fall!
It's the longest day of the year, so let's celebrate!
June 21 marks the official first day of the summer, and it's also the longest day of the year!
What better way to celebrate the start of a new season than with a fun playlist full of upbeat songs that are perfect for dancing to. You'll want to listen to these songs all summer long, whether you're at the beach, going on a road trip with friends, or just chilling in your backyard.
This playlist features a little bit of everything. There are some fun old songs, such as "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys, as well as Miley Cyrus's classic "Party In The USA." There are newer songs as well, such as tracks from Paramore's new album, and the recently released "Malibu" by Miley Cyrus, which is definitely a summer song. There's something in this playlist for everyone, so your entire squad will find it enjoyable to listen to.
Connect your favorite speaker and blast these songs all over your neighborhood. Check out the playlist full of fun, summery tunes below!
10 Anthems From When You Were Emo In Middle School
It's time to jam and also get in your feelings.
Ah, 2006. Many of us were about to enter (or entering) our adolescence, and we were at that age where we got bombarded with puberty hormones. You may have, like me, been an emo kid. No, not the Sunny Day Real Estate kind, but the stereotypical emo kid.
Yep, that's right--thick eyeliner, wearing lots of black, listening to music that your parents hated (though most of us probably did that anyways). I ended up becoming a scene kid (debatably worse), but I was emo at heart. The words "It's not a phase, mom" may have been uttered from your lips, despite that over a decade later, it likely was a phase. However, you might find that the music you listened to back then still kicks some ass.
In case you want or need a reminder, here's a list of ten anthems you probably blared when you were emo in middle school, and maybe remember watching the music videos for on MTV:
About A Girl - The Academy Is...
Any self-respecting emo kid ate up anything that the Fueled By Ramen label put out, and everybody freaked the hell out when Fall Out Boy featured the heartthrob singer William Beckett amongst the cameos in the music video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me." The Academy Is... was a band so dearly beloved by myself and other emo kids, and "About A Girl" blew the heck up in popularity back then.
Welcome To My Life - Simple Plan
I feel like I don't even need to say anything about this one. Any angsty pre-teen or teen jammed out to this song, even if it was the only Simple Plan music they listened to. The lyrics were so relatable back then. Simple Plan really outdid themselves on this one in 2006.
MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday
Honestly, a lot of people liked Taking Back Sunday, but they were a band that was always the emo kids' fave. I remember watching this on Fuse, and even now, I still scream the words when I hear it playing. Adam Lazzara was the love of quite a few kids' lives, I think (ha). Taking Back Sunday was explosively popular, too, and I can't help but wonder when it was that they dropped off the radar.
The Kill - Thirty Seconds To Mars
More known for his music at the time, and not known for his more problematic acting decisions (see: The Joker in "Suicide Squad," for starters), Jared Leto was an obsession for many kids--including myself. That man's facial structure was sculpted by the gods. His band was good, too--at least, the first two albums. "The Kill" was huge, the music video even more so. Based on "The Shining," we all sat excitedly watching Leto sing and look angsty in the old hotel.
The Curse Of Curves - Cute Is What We Aim For
There was so much to be loved about this song and band. From the tongue-in-cheek lyrics (using some of the biggest words we knew at the time), "The Curse of Curves" was such a hit among us. For a group of kids who loved saying stuff like "labels are for soup cans," and insulting people by calling them "sweetie," singer Shaant Hacikyan saying, "It's so hard when you're shallow as a shower" was eaten up. I definitely remember seeing kids insult each other with that. Anyways, the song is a banger, and one that any former emo kid will probably at least hum along to if they heard it.
Shake It - Metro Station
Metro Station was born on the backs of the success of Mitchel Musso and Miley Cyrus in "Hannah Montana." This is not a joke. Two of the members are their siblings, Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus, who started Metro Station. The synth-pop was so much fun and honestly a staple of 2006, and emo or scene music in general. Who didn't want to get up and dance when they heard this song? Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it.
Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
I am very confident that everybody above the age of ten in 2006 knew this song. Everybody. A radio hit, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus gave us a song that we all sang loud as hell to while simultaneously providing an important message: don't hit women. Looking back, a lot of the music we listened to back then had important messages that we subconsciously registered and have carried with us, but "Face Down" was one of the most obvious, even back then. It's a jammer, too.
Sugar, We're Goin' Down - Fall Out Boy
Who didn't know this song? Fall Out Boy took the world by storm with this album, "From Under The Cork Tree," and particularly with this song. Every emo kid could relate to heartache, and since this song played everywhere, people were rockin' out all the time. I still sing at the top of my lungs when I hear it, it's that good.
Misery Business - Paramore
Paramore came out as a beacon of hope for female emo kids. A girl fronting a band? At the time, I think we were so used to seeing boys in bands that we were amazed, and Hayley Williams immediately became our hero. Who of us didn't dream of punching out the girl who was with the boy you liked back then, even if it seems soooo petty and embarrassing now? The music video for "Misery Business" was iconic, too, with Williams' bright orange and yellow hair, and her flashy outfits. She was everything we wanted to be back then.
That still holds true, tbh, because the best part about Paramore is that they are still good (check out the new album "Hard Times" if you haven't already). It isn't like "Riot!" but they've grown up with us in a good way (I can't say the same for Fall Out Boy).
I'm Not Okay - My Chemical Romance
Maybe I'm biased because this was my favorite band ever (and still is today), but "I'm Not Okay" was the emo anthem. The entire premise was something that any emo kid could relate to: the struggle to be among your peers and cope with what's happening in your life. The music video was another iconic one, and everybody could quote the beginning. Everybody. My Chemical Romance was a staple in any emo kids' music library.
I personally cried when this band broke up.
If you've taken a trip down nostalgia road while reading this article, it might be time to put on your favorite bands from when you were emo,and maybe throw on some eyeliner. Or don't. If you look at the Youtube comments on these videos, you aren't the only one feeling nostalgic.
Maybe 2006 wasn't that bad... (yes it was, that's why we had these bands).