50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums

From Blink-182 to the Buzzcocks, we count down the best of punk's most lovable, lovelorn offshoot

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Lifetime, 'Jersey's Best Dancers' (1997)
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32. Lifetime, 'Jersey's Best Dancers' (1997)

Lifetime's third album blended the worlds of hardcore and pop-punk like it was the most natural thing in the world. "I had zero self-esteem and thought I should just be home and figure out how to get a job," frontman Ari Katz told Noisey in 2016 of that era. But Katz's anxieties only enhanced his poetic lyrics on Jersey's Best Dancers: "You sat that chair like a queen in the kitchen," he sings in "Turnpike Gates," "I memorized the lines your eyes made at every squint you shot my way." Their odes to youthful indiscretions and basement-show romance gave Lifetime's hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey, its very own underground opus. L.G.

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