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Starting with bands such as propaghandi and the vandals, true pop punk today is much more accessible and centered around bands such as Fireworks, Transit, The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, and to a lesser extent Title Fight.

New Found Glory is considered to be the band which brought Pop Punk into the spotlight and influenced all of the bands above to some extent.

Fall out boy, Sum 41, Simple Plan, ect. are not pop punk. They are no different than mainstream top 40 artists like brittney spears or miley cirus. They use the same gimmicky pop hooks and overproduction except with guitars and awful fucking clothing.
sum 41 is NOT pop punk.
by happybirthdayy January 22, 2010
an oxymoron. punk is supposed to be anti-popular so how can you have popular punk. pop punk was invented by greedy record companies to make money off of 10-year-old kids
blink 182, sum 41, simple plan, good charlotte
by pop punk sucks January 10, 2004
so far only one person has the definition right here. pop punk, which shall now and forever be called Happemo, is just catchy fun sounding music that still has talent and a message.
check out the bands in the example. they are true Happemo bands.
Dillinger Four, Bigwig, Skirtbox, Amazombies, and Bombshell Rocks are all examples of true Happemo
by Spicy Longshanks April 23, 2004
An oxymoron, said to be non-existant by "hardcore punks." A easier to handle version of the genre punk.
MxPx, Starstruck, Avert 13, Fall Out Boy.
by Jason July 13, 2003
A punk subgenre, originally introduced in the 1970s, but obtained worldwide commercial success in 1990s and early 2000s, thanks mainly to Green Day, Blink-182, Rancid, and The Offspring.

Most definitions of pop-punk on this site put down several bands, like Simple Plan.

What Pop-punk really is is the fast, loud guitars of punk rock, but with catchy, usually light, melodies. Lyrics aren't meant to be political or angry.

Today's mainstream pop-punk is extremely different from that of the 90s, sounding more like emo, with moody, one-hit bands in hollister sweaters wearing a backwards hat.

The chart-topping bands of 2004 aren't recieving as much attention as before.
Good Pop-Punk:
Green Day

Bad Pop-Punk:
All Time Low
by Extreme Hangman February 07, 2010
Shit music that is being labeled "punk" when its just as hard and fast as country. A true pop punk band is The Buzzcocks. Most of the brainwashed youth that listen to this "pop punk" shit started out at hot topic one day looking to fit in. So they bought some random shirts of random bands that they have never heard of for outrageous prices, went home, felt all "punk", went on lime wire, and stole worthless music from the bands on there shitty shirts. Then from there these teeny boppers went around sharing their findings to other clueless people, and the cycle goes on and on. Thank you very much hot topic and mtv for ruining what once was an ok genre.
"OMLFG!!!Oh My Like Fucking (non-existant)God!!! Look at this rad Gc shirt. OMLFG joel is like so totally hot. He is so punk wih his hair. I wonder is he gets it done at great clips?... Like i think i am going to buy every fucking good charlotte item there is in this fuckong store, put it on my once preppy slut body, and be PUNK.. not to mention an individual!!!
by Super Crass September 08, 2004
Ok Lets keep this simple. I bet many of you people are confuse. Pop-punk is just punk but in a softer and more way of understanding what the lyrics is. Most of the time it doesnt contain any political lyric or agression. Its mostly based on love. Obiously the music is a lot different from actual punk. 3 strings guitar for punk. Vocalist goes way fast u may not even understand it. While pop punk is basically pop with a little influence of punk. Most pop-punk bands sell out to the media or ***sound poppy*** because many people like the tune..........I could understand if u like it because its easier to understand. Punk is still more intelligent more and more conterversial. Awesome lyrics knowing whats going on in today's society. Usually kids who tend to like pop-punk are more trendy and fashinable with patches everywhere on some fabric. No you dont need to be wearing different type of clothing in order to be what you are.
Punk- The Partisans, Global Threat, GBH, The Unseen, Anti Flag, Black Flag,Rancid(ska-punk), Operation Ivy(same as Rancid)e.t.c.

Pop-Punk- Blink 182, Good Charlotte, The Used, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Pennywise, The Offspring (now) e.t.c
by Ruby August 27, 2004