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8 Best Pop-Punk Songs We Heard In August

From newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer to vets Mayday Parade, here's the latest and greatest from the genre

1 / 8

State Champs, "Losing Myself"

State Champs are busy boys! From touring with 5 Seconds of Summer in Australia to gearing up for their sophomore LP (one of the most anticipated in the pop-punk world), the dudes wear their influences on their sleeves but do so inventively. "Losing Myself" is a new sound for the New York band, but manages to feel familiar: It's like something you've heard before, and nothing at all.

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Simple Plan, "Boom"

Simple Plan have returned! The group have always written pop-punk with radio ready melodies in mind, and "Boom" furthers that tradition. The chorus is driven by the explosive, singular word, and what more could you ask for?

3 / 8

Foxing, "The Magdalene"

Foxing's "The Magdalene" is a slow-moving, cinematic number, one that carries the weight of the religious undertones of the tune. It'll evoke tears, if you're lucky.

4 / 8

Bring Me the Horizon, "True Friends"

Bring Me the Horizon exist more in post-hardcore and metalcore world than pop-punk, but we consider "True Friends" a genre-bender. The band's rebrand as a radio rock group helps inform this, and their new song is both aggressive and catchy as hell. True friends stab you in the front!

5 / 8

The Wonder Years, "I Don't Like Who I Was Back Then"

The Wonder Years' forthcoming No Closer to Heaven is proving to be the biggest release to date. First we were blessed with "Cardinals," later "Cigarettes & Saints," and most recently "I Don't Like Who I Was Back Then." All of the songs come from a place of intimacy, the latter coming to terms with previous self-destruction. It's a hard place to write from, but an important, resonant one.

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Neck Deep, "Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors"

England's Neck Deep keep alive an old school pop-punk sound and style, one that excites and feels nostalgic. "Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors" could be a vintage Fall Out Boy title, and you won't hear any complaints from us.

7 / 8

Mayday Parade, "One Of Them Will Destroy The Other

"One Of Them Will Destroy The Other," is considerably more aggressive than other jams in Mayday Parade's repertoire. It could be the guest spot by Real Friends frontman Dan Lambton or a newfound artistry: It's a good look for them. Let's hope it continues.

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5 Seconds of Summer, "Jet Black Heart"

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: Musicians Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer ar
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As we await 5 Seconds of Summer's sophomore LP, Sounds Good Feels Good, we'll have to appreciate the few songs the boys have shared so far: "Permanent Vacation," "She's Kinda Hot" and "Fly Away." A new track appeared last week, "Jet Black Heart," available for all you lucky ducks that pre-ordered the album. It recalls the fan fave "Wrapped Around Your Finger," guitarist Michael Clifford's nasal rasp driving the tune. Check it out here! 


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