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 Wonder Years, 'The Greatest Generation' (2013)

41. The Wonder Years, 'The Greatest Generation' (2013)

Wonder Years frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell told music blog Mind Equals Blown that the members of America's Greatest Generation made him realize his desire to be brave: "I spent my whole life, my entire life, content with mediocrity," he said. "Afraid of greatness because I was afraid of failure, and I hid behind anything I could." For Campbell and his band, overcoming that mindset meant proudly flaunting their suburban Philadelphia upbringing and deep affection for the sugary pop-punk of their youth – Motion City Soundtrack's condensed euphoria, the Starting Line's melodic punch, Blink-182's supercharged hooks – on this 2013 LP. Songs such as the uplifting, muscular "We Could Die Like This" make hailing from neighborhoods with well-manicured lawns feel like a badge of honor. L.G.

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