5 essential blink-182 songs

By: Jan 28, 2015
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If you're in to pop-punk music, then chances are you're a fan of blink-182 and have seen the recent drama surrounding guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge's departure from the band. As previously reported, a press release went out on Monday indiciating that DeLonge had quit the band via an email from his manager; DeLonge later denied his departure but bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker insisted it was true. Hoppus told Alternative Press (a magazine which blink-182 had graced the cover of multiple times) that "Tom doesn’t want to be in Blink-182. It's obvious."

blink-182 are scheduled to play the Musink Festival on March 22 in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio will be filling in for DeLonge at this performance. While they were originally set to go in to the recording studio on Jan. 5, no updates have been made regarding the band's future recording plans. It might be quite a while till blink-182 records and releases new music, so until then, here are the top five essential blink-182 songs that you need to know.

  • While blink-182 saw success in the Southern California skate-punk scene with their 1995 debut studio album Cheshire Cat, it was 1997's Dude Ranch that helped them gain greater popularity and land spots on the Vans Warped Tour. "Dammit" became their first hit single; it was Number 27 on the US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks End of Year Chart in 1998. The vocal melody of the song was written outside of Hoppus's typical range, leading to him straining to sing it and lending a more raw quality to the vocals than other songs on the album.

  • Before the 1999 release of Enema of the State, blink-182 were most known for their amusing and sometimes immature antics and jokes. One of their first mature and serious songs, "Adam's Song" was the third single to be released from Enema of the State. The song's subject matter deals with depression and suicide and was inspired by the loneliness Hoppus sometimes felt when touring extensively; it has been speculated that it was inspired by a fan's suicide or the play Adam's Letter.

  • blink-182 had nearly finished recording their fourth studio album when their manager Rick DeVoe told them he felt it lacked a "catchy, 'feel-good' song"- in other words, a typical blink-182 song. That night, Hoppus went on to write "The Rock Show", and DeLonge wrote "First Date", a song inspired by his first date with his wife, Jennifer Jenkins, at Seaworld San Diego when he was 21.

  • Like Enema of the State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, blink-182 was recorded with producer Jerry Finn, but the band certainly took a distinct turn for their fifth album. They had taken time to pursue other projects, and when it came time to record, blink-182 added a darker, experimental twist to their signature pop-punk sound. This is well exemplified in "Feeling This", with spoken-word verses, Latin-inspired drum beats, and a perfectly harmonic layered vocal duet at the end.

  • Fans were notably heartbroken when blink-182 announced their indefinite hiatus in 2005, but rejoiced when they announced their reunion at the 2009 Grammy Awards. The first song to be released post-hiatus didn't come until two and a half years later: "Up All Night", which recalls elements of all of the members' side projects, was the first single to be released from their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods.

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