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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Simple Plan, 'No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls' (2002)
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33. Simple Plan, 'No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls' (2002)

The teen-comedy film boom of the late Nineties and early 2000s helped to push pop-punk to larger audiences, and Canadian crew Simple Plan excelled at making snappy, catchy, sweet tunes that feel like the big scenes they complemented in flicks like The New Guy, The Hot Chick and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. The dramatic dejectedness of "I'm Just a Kid," sweeping romance of "I'd Do Anything" and brooding family drama of "Perfect" captured the genre's signature edge-of-seventeen mindset. "Until the day I die, I promise I won't change so you better give up/I don't want to be told to grow up," Pierre Bouvier sings on the aptly named "Grow Up," a song that also name-checks Good Charlotte, Sum-41, Blink-182 and MxPx. Adding to the album's classically pop-punk feel, Simple Plan even got vocal assists from Blink's Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte's Joel Madden on a pair of songs. B.S.

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