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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The Ergs!, 'dorkrockcorkrod' (2004)

34. The Ergs!, 'dorkrockcorkrod' (2004)

New Jersey trio the Ergs! went into recording their debut with low expectations: "We were just like, 'Let's make this thing, I guess,'" drummer-vocalist Mike Yannich, a.k.a. Mikey Erg, told Noisey. "There was no real thought process to it, just like, 'Bands make albums, let's make albums.'" Despite their lax attitude, the band ended up with an urgent, infectious pop-punk tour de force, the sort of album that makes you want to pogo jump while screaming about heartbreak. "I'm in love, I'm in trouble!" Erg yells on the aptly named "First Song Side One," riffing on the Replacements and announcing a 16-song LP that lasts just 32 minutes. Along the way, Yannich & Co. touch on everything from hardcore to hip-hop and doo-wop (to say nothing of references to The Simpsons and Henry Rollins' Get in the Van book). But the album never strays far from its speedy, melodic roots, helping to secure the band's cult-fave status among the pop-punk faithful. P.V.

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