Styles & Forms | Punk | The Aftermath (Mid-1990s) | Key Events

Punk Turns Pop

Perhaps the antidote to hardcore, punk-pop emphasizes melody and embraces traditional pop music topics such as love and relationships, yet is played with speed and energy. The early Ramones albums represented a prototype of the style, whilst British groups like The Jam, Buzzcocks and The Undertones can claim to have built on the foundations. The genre came of age in the mid-1990s when both Blink-182 and Green Day enjoyed massive success. Blink-182’s fast-paced teen angst was hugely popular and Green Day’s 1994 debut album Dookie was a crossover smash.

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