Whether you were belting "Flavor of the Weak" into a hairbrush, learning how to play power chords to "Teenage Dirtbag" or simply blowing out your headphones, computer speakers or car stereo while blasting the Starting Line in the suburbs, admit it: You had a thing for pop-punk at one point or another. No one was immune between the years of 1996-2006. Though bands like Blink-182 and New Found Glory went on to represent that sunny genre that coupled radio-ready hooks with the driving riffs of punk and hardcore better than anything else, a handful of select bands made a special contribution to the canon of pop-punk: the one-hit wonder.
We've scoured our LiveJournals, our memories and our stacks of mix tapes to compile this list of favorite pop-punk one-hit wonders for you. Sit back, relax, rewind and revisit. (And we apologize in advance for getting "Flagpole Sitta" stuck in your head for the rest of time.)
By Hilary Hughes, Jeff Benjamin, Thomas Nassiff and Maria Sherman
The ska-punk cover was a gem in and of itself in the late '90s/early '00s, and one of the best was Save Ferris' take on '80s jukebox staple "Come On Eileen." Monique Powell's voice is a force to be reckoned with, as is the chipper as all get-out instrumentation. Save Ferris are no longer the band they were back when their take on "Come On Eileen" was recorded—Powell's the only remaining original member—but the cover and its charm endure.