10. Reckless Abandon – Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001)
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is now a pop-punk classic, and a big reason for this album’s longevity is its consistency. Granted, the singles are the most popular songs, but the album-only tracks are great as well.
‘Reckless Abandon’ is the antithesis of teen angst. DeLonge’s short and sharp vocal delivery cuts through this track with plenty of force. Though the lyrics are blunt and rebellious, they don’t feel cheesy owing to how brutally honest they are.
As for the instrumental, the stripped back, atmospheric introduction soon transitions into a ferocious tempo with lots of great drum fills. Like most Blink-182 songs, both the guitar and the bass are simple, but they provide plenty of power owing to the slick production.
Songs like ‘Reckless Abandon’ exemplify why Blink-182 were so huge at the start of the century. Despite not being a single, it’s one of the best moments on the band’s fourth album.