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The 11 Strongest Pop-Punk Debuts of All Time

From Good Charlotte and Blink-182 to Paramore and 5 Seconds of Summer, here are the bands that put themselves on the map from the very beginning

1 / 11

Good Charlotte, 'Good Charlotte'

Good Charlotte's first album is home to "Little Things," which is obviously one of the best songs the California-via-Maryland band have ever written. Truly, it was their second album, The Young & the Hopeless that put them on the map, but this record showed endless potential and talent.

2 / 11

Taking Back Sunday, 'Tell All Your Friends'

Long Island's Taking Back Sunday are still going strong, now touring the planet with their original lineup. It was their first record that truly put them on the map, beginning with their now-iconic "Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team.)" The video shows the band getting beaten up by an all-female Fight Club cast, and the music, though sappy as hell, perfectly syncs to it. What could be better?

3 / 11

Green Day's '39/Smooth'

People have a tendency to overlook Green Day's first recording, 39/Smooth, and it's a real bummer. It might not have the mythology of their second and especially third album, Kerplunk and Dookie, but it's something of an underrated gem.

4 / 11

5 Seconds of Summer, '5 Seconds of Summer'

Boy band, pop-punk, or some glorious combination of the two, Australian teens (okay, the drummer is 215 Seconds of Summer might have never played Warped Tour, but the group is definitely dominating the air waves with their palm-muted power chords and gang vocal-infused harmonies. They've only got a single album under the belt, and it's definitely an impressive one.

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Descendents, 'Milo Goes to College'

Few records are more iconic than the Descendents' Milo Goes to College, the Southern California punk rock band and their album that truly helped define the sound we now know as pop-punk. If this release predates you, well, it's never too late to dive in.

6 / 11

Social Distortion, 'Mommy's Little Monster'

"Another State of Mind" might be one of Social Distortion's best known tunes of all time, and it comes as no surprise that the single is featured on the band's first release, Mommy's Little Monster. Decades later, the album remains a critical (and fan!) fave.

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Blink-182, 'Cheshire Cat'

Long before the days of "All the Small Things," Blink-182 was a band of three bratty punk kids obsessed with groups like Fluf, Dinosaur Jr. and O. When it was their turn to write songs—about zits, boners, all that grown up stuff—they made the punk rock they loved even catchier. Cheshire Cat is an excellent debut because it signifies the growth they would soon undergo. 

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Paramore, 'All We Know Is Falling'

Long before Paramore were the rock and roll force they are today, Hayley Williams and crew were just a bunch of teens in Tennessee, writing killer pop songs about pressure and emergencies. It's truly an impressive feat, releasing an album of this caliber when you're only, like, 15. Don't believe us? Just ask Simple PlanPVRISPierce the Veil and more...they told us why!

9 / 11

Sum 41, 'All Killer, No Filler'

It's very uncommon for your first record to also be the record with all the hits, but Canadian punks Sum 41 managed to write "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep" on All Killer, No Filler, the pop-punk release of canons. Those hooks are undeniable, man!

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American Hi-Fi, 'American Hi-Fi'

"Flavor of the Weak" is one of the most underrated pop-punk jams of all time...mostly because American Hi-Fi are rarely listed among the Blink-182Green Day and Sum 41 greats. If you're only familiar with the radio single, you're missing out. The band's first record is full of hits.

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Simple Plan, 'No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls'

Simple Plan's No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls was released in 2002, when the world was already very much into pop-punk...we have many of the other bands on this list to thank for that one. This record, like All Killer, No Filler, is the one with all their hits: "I'd Do Anything," "I'm Just A Kid," "Addicted" and "Perfect." You can't ignore greatness, people!

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