There's just something about pop punk music that's so damn enjoyable. Nothing beats the passion and aggression of punk music combined with the catchiness of pop. The dichotomy of genres sounds like it should be an absolute disaster, but in reality it's fantastic. Who doesn't love fist pumping or headbanging to a bit of pop punk?
Casual fans of rock might think that pop punk has died out a bit in the last half a decade, but that couldn't be further from reality. While it's true that rock music has less of a place in the mainstream these days then it did previously, there's still an enormous number of pop punk bands putting out amazing music.
From rock music veterans to newcomers you may not have heard of, the scene is very much alive and well. Need some proof, or simply curious about the best the genre had to offer this year?
Check out the best pop punk albums of 2016.
Panic! At The Disco has come such a long way since the humble days of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Back then, the band were known as an emo flagship, with tracks like I Write Sins Not Tragedies and Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off dominating rock radio.
Since then, a huge amount has changed. Not only did the band drop its iconic exclamation point (then do an about face and take it back) but gradually all of the band members departed, leaving front man Brendon Urie as the sole member of the group.
Death Of A Bachelor, then, is Urie's first attempt at releasing Panic! music alone, and the result is surprisingly successful. While not all of the material is interesting, tracks like Emperor's New Clothes and Crazy=Genius are among the best songs Panic! has put out in years.
Urie's voice is extremely infectious, and he sounds just as good crooning tracks like Death Of A Bachelor as he does singing more upbeat material like Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time.