14. New Found Glory, 'New Found Glory' (2000)
New Found Glory's self-titled second LP is exactly what you'd expect from a bunch of baby-faced punks who kept an altar to Britney Spears in their van. Yet diva-worship aside, these guys were no Mouseketeers. An export of the South Florida hardcore scene, the group took cues from neighboring punks Discount and even metalcore band Earth Crisis to brew combustible anthems such as the splashy opener "Better Off Dead" or crushed-up morsels of rock candy like lonely tour ballad "Dressed To Kill." Their breakout single "Hit or Miss" would be the band's lucky charm: legend goes that Drive-Thru Records signed the band after NFG tourmates Midtown played the song for co-owner Stephanie Reines in a blizzard. Made unforgettable by the piercing trill of frontman Jordan Pundik – "The needle on my record player has been wearing thin," he sings. "This record has been playing since the day you've been with him!" – their pop melodrama was contagious. "It was one of those CDs that never found its way out of my CD player," Mark Hoppus told Alternative Press in 2010. "New Found Glory just had something different and unique." As guitarist Chad Gilbert told Chorus.fm, "When New Found Glory started, our genre didn’t really exist. There was Blink and West Coast punk that was big, but that was a different style. [NFG] and Saves the Day were blending more emotional lyrics with punk/hardcore-influenced stuff. When we started writing songs, it just came out. We didn’t overthink it. Is this punk? Is this not? Is this whatever?" This genre-shifting, yet super accessible formula ensured New Found Glory's position on the Billboard 200 for 21 weeks, and continued to pay off big-time on their 2002 major-label debut, Sticks and Stones. S.E.