One of the most defining eras in music over the last 20 years or so is the pop-punk scene. During the late ‘90s to the early 2000s, the youth was singing and screaming rock anthems that tackled teenage angst, suppression and anything that they were feeling at that time.

Of course, this era wouldn’t be quite as impactful without the influential bands behind some of the best-selling songs during that time. These bands went on to inspire the next generation of bands and until today, their influence can still be felt, seen and heard in music. Continue reading to learn more about them!

Sum 41

Formed back in 1996, Canadian rock band, Sum 41 is a huge part of what made the punk scene what it was during the late ‘90s up to the early 2000s. At the time of writing, the band consists of lead vocals/guitarist, Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist Dave Baksh, bassist, Jason McCaslin, guitarist/keyboardist, Tom Thacker and lastly, Frank Zummo, the band’s drummer.

The band immediately drew attention because of their angsty behaviour, creative riffs and punchy songs. With hits such as Fat Lip, In Too Deep, Still Waiting and more under their belt, it’s safe to say that Sum 41 was a needle mover whose influence is still evident today.

Blink 182

You can’t have a list of influential pop-punk bands without mentioning Blink 182, arguably the biggest band during the iconic era. The band was originally formed during the early ‘90s when schoolmates and best friends Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge discovered that they shared a common love for the same artists.

They then formed the original lineup of the band with their former drummer, Scott Rainer who was with them for two studio albums. Rainer would later leave the band and that’s where Travis Barker came in.

The trio would then continue to become the biggest band in the entire world with hits such as All the Small Things, What’s My Age Again, I Miss You and more.

Green Day

From one iconic trio to the next, Green Day is another defining band that helped shape the pop-punk scene and it’s nice to see that they’re still active to this day. The band started during the late ‘80s and throughout their career, they would create several albums that sold millions of copies around the world.

However, their most successful records are Dookie (1994) and American Idiot (2004). If you ask any pop-punk fan, chances are, these two albums are included in their must-listen records of all time. Dookie went on to become platinum nine times while American Idiot did it six times.

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