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Pop Punk is Punk Rock at its most accessible.

Perhaps the first ever Pop Punk band were The Ramones, who melded the simplicity of rock'n'roll with breakneck speed, but maintained enough pop sensibilities to achieve great acclaim and cult status.

Other bands, namely the Descendents, played a significant part in the influence of bands in Southern California who made up the 90s Punk Revival - Bad Religion, Pennywise, NOFX, The Offspring, Rancid.

Bands like this played a large part in influencing Green Day, who premiered at 92 Gilman Street, Oakland, a renowned all ages venue. Before long, the radio was full of bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41.

Today, Pop Punk is past its peak in terms of commercial success, though scene emo bands usually also qualify as pop-punk too.

In order to dodge the classification, many Pop Punk bands claim to be "Power Pop" instead. Don't believe them.


Bands generally agreed to be pop-punk include:

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