36. Saves the Day, 'Through Being Cool' (1999)
On their second album, Saves the Day singer-songwriter Chris Conley and the rest of this long-running Princeton, New Jersey, crew perfected their heart-on-sleeve (or, as on "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic," heart-on-the-floor) approach to pop-punk. "You listen to the lyrics and it's just like this lonely guy, who was longing for something more," Conley told Alternative Press in 2014. "The record has a lot of melancholy, which would play out in the years to come. But the songs are all very exciting, full of life." The tracks range from heartache to anger, but it's the way Conley intertwines these emotions that makes the album so effective: one minute, he's missing an ex dearly ("Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots"); the next, he's lashing out at a shitty friend ("Through Being Cool"). P.V.