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What does Pop Punk Radio do?

Pop Punk Radio aims to re-define the outlook of what pop punk is and can be.
We don't view "pop-punk" as a pigeonhole specific genre. We view pop punk as the blending of pop music and punk rock styles or influences. In that regard, it can be a wideley encompassing term that includes offshoots such as emo, melodic hardcore, skate punk, cow punk, and more. We aim at breaking stereotypes and perceived limitations of the genre.

Some 90's kids grew up in an era when "pop punk" was essentially a dirty word that was typically used by elitist gatekeepers to discredit or shame bands and the fans of those bands into unwelcoming territory within the so-called "punk" community. Just as our society is evolving past racial stereotypes and prejudices, so is our music. Pop-punk is for everyone.

Regardless what your opinion of the term "pop punk" may be, Pop Punk Radio is open to a wide-variety of genres including punk, alternative, indie, and rock.


Why listen to Pop Punk Radio?

We believe that there is still an interest in hearing music that was not chosen by the listener or a computer algorithm. Computer AI may be helpful in many ways but they will never fully replicate the human experience and will often keep a listener trapped in an algorithm's bubble. 
We also have an ever growing rotation of up and coming independent artists that are just waiting to be discovered. Perhaps one of them will be your new favorite artist!

If you've been a fan from the early days, thank you so much for your continued support!
If you are just discovering us for the first time, I hope you enjoy what we are building here. Thank you for joining us!

What is pop punk?
Pop-punk is the fusion of pop music styles with the energy and chord progressions of punk rock. A somewhat edgier and more aggressive form of pop-music or a softer, but catchier form of punk rock. 

What bands are considered "pop-punk" bands?
This list could go on forever, but some of the more notable bands you may have heard already include Blink-182, Green Day, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory and Fall Out Boy. The Ramones are generally considered the pioneers of pop-punk. Although they may or may not have been the first pop-punk band to exist, they were certainly one of the first to bring the style of music to the masses.

What styles of pop-punk exist?
The various styles of pop-punk can primarily be explained based upon certain generations or eras.

Old School Era (70s-80s): This basically includes bands such as The Ramones, Descendents, The Queers, The Riverdales, Screeching Weasel & The Buzzcocks. The music was simple, but energetic and played way faster than much of the music of the time.

California / Skate Era (Early-Mid 90s): This is the style that explode into the mainstream with the success of California bands such as Green Day, Offspring, Pennywise, NOFX, Bad Religion & Face to Face. This style was very popular in extreme sports videos and absolutely dominates Tony Hawk's Pro Skater soundtracks.

Mainstream Era (Late 90s-Early 00s): Pop punk was never more prevalent in mainstream culture. Bands such as Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, & Sum 41 dominated the airwaves.

Emo Era (Mid 00s): This style was ushered in, and largely defined by bands such as My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, & Fall Out Boy. Green Day would also see a major resurgence with their "emo" album, American Idiot.

Midwest Indie Era (Late 00s-2018): This era was largely dominated by bands from the mid-western United States which often include a blending with indie music styles, performed by bands such as Mixtapes & Modern Baseball. We also witnessed the rise of "easycore" which blends pop punk with hardcore, and includes bands such as A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, & Chunk! No Captain Chunk.

Electro-Pop Era? (2019-Current): The current era of punk is starting to see a blending with electronic elements, Green Day's latest album Father Of All Motherfuckers or Silverstein's A Beautiful Place To Drown are two of my own favorite examples. As well as Machine Gun Kelly's latest album Tickets To My Downfall, which features possibly the biggest pop punk single released in 2020 ("Bloody Valentine"). Past attempts to merge elements of electronica or rap with rock music have notoriously not gone well aside from a few exceptions. Emerging musical technology has changed the landscape and electronic elements in rock music will only progress as we move forward.

No matter what your preference is, pop punk has been around for decades. Pop punk is not going anywhere and will continue to adapt and hook new listeners generation by generation.