January 04, 2013

Pop Punk Podcast: Episode 21 - Top 10 Pop Punk Albums of 2012

2012 brought some solid music to our ears. Choosing this Top 10 was no easy chore. We had to make many tough decisions and leave out some amazing albums. On the positive side, this means that it was a great year for pop punk fans who have so much quality music to choose from! It's clear that pop punk is alive and well!

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#10 - MxPx - Plans Within Plans
Mike, Tom and Yuri are back with another solid collection of catchy tunes. 

#9 - The Bouncing Souls - Comet
Their ninth album and possibly one of their best. Ranks up there with Hopeless Romantic and How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Honorable Mention - Morning Glory - Poets Were My Heroes
Great album with a range of styles including pop punk elements. Lost points due to it's mixed range of influences and sounds.

#8 - Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights
Best album to get yourself out of a bad mood with. It's hard not to get up and sing along when Mixtapes can turn any drab situation into a positive vibe.

#7 - Anti-Flag - The General Strike
Another solid release from the political minded punks. 2nd release for side one dummy.

Honorable Mention - Propagandhi - Failed States
Possibly THE best punk/hardcore album of 2012. However, not a pop-punk album.

#6 - Pennywise - All Or Nothing
Zolis in now he's out. This will still go down as one of their best.
A rare example of a band that can move on without it's singer.
Even if it didn't last for very long.

#5 - NOFX - Self-Entitled
Less political, more personal and we like it.
Fat Mike's clever way with words makes this album a fun listen from start to finish.

#4 - Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - Babylon
Members of Alk3, AFI and MCR come together to create one of the best sleeper hits of the year!

Honorable Mention - Motion City Soundtrack - Go
Solid album with plenty of catchy tunes and the familiar MCS sound.
Lost points against stiff competition due to it's more or less "indie" influences.

#3 - Green Day - Uno! Dos! Tre! Trilogy
Three solid releases from the pop punk legends.
Billie Joe's vocals really shine in this collection.
Fans of the Foxboro Hot Tubs material will love Dos! while fans of American Idiot will really enjoy Tre!

#2 - Teenage Bottlerocket - Freak Out!
Prepare to have this one on repeat as you blaze through another set of energetic skate-punk tunes.

#1 - Masked Intruder - Self Titled
Masked Intruder came out of nowhere and kicked the pop punk scene in the balls. And we're begging for more! Fat Wreck Chords is set to re-release this album in 2013.

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