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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NOFX, 'Punk in Drublic' (1994)
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11. NOFX, 'Punk in Drublic' (1994)

NOFX's fifth LP best displays the mix of crass wit and songwriting chops that have made them pop-punk mainstays for well over three decades. "To me, that was our best album," guitarist El Hefe told the Associated Press in 2014. "I had no idea that it was going to sell that big. Gold? That was probably the furthest thing from our mind. I thought, 'Wow, this is great, but okay, it's punk music, and how much money can you really make in the punk scene?' From there, it was like the rollercoaster just took off." Driven by frontman Fat Mike's grating sneer and Hefe's flamboyant shred, the album juggles hard-hitting punk, silly ska and tightly crafted rock songs about busking and fighting Nazis. The Muffs' Kim Shattuck makes a cameo in "Lori Meyers," a labor song for the girl-next-door turned sex worker. Punk in Drublic's gritty melodicism in songs like "Linoleum" and "Dig" gives the record a timeless quality; their button-pushing anti-PC stance, not so much. But if at its heart, much of pop-punk is cringe-inducing, this scuzzy manifesto – an inspiration to scores of bands, from Blink-182 to Lagwagon – is canon. M.S.

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