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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Yellowcard, 'Ocean Avenue' (2003)

38. Yellowcard, 'Ocean Avenue' (2003)

It turns out that strings were the much-needed final piece of the pop-punk puzzle, as proved by Yellowcard's violinist Sean Mackin, who added cinematic drama to tracks like "Only One" and "Twentythree." The Jacksonville, Florida, band's fourth album tapped directly into the adolescent heart of early-2000s pop-punk, zeroing in on the endless nights and intense beauty of teenage love and staying young forever, tropes that helped make nostalgic, arena-worthy single "Ocean Avenue" a treasured classic. "It's funny that in particular 'Ocean Avenue' was the one that really put the band into the spotlight," singer Ryan Key recalled in a 2012 interview. "The song almost didn't make the album because I couldn't finish writing the chorus." B.S.

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