Recently, Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker rocked the music world at the 51st Grammy Awards when they stood on stage together, for the first time since 2004, and announced that, “Blink-182 is back!” With that bold statement the blogosphere lit up like a firework and people’s cell phones across the world vibrated as if they were driving over rumble-strips announcing the return of arguably one of the most popular, and even influential, bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s.
In the following list of Blink-182’s top songs, which can certainly be argued and rearranged, we gain insight into maturation process the group followed. From their formation and debut studio album, Cheshire Cat, through their breakthrough into the mainstream with Enema of the State and finally their last released album, self-titled Blink-182, know for its more seasoned sound.
Best of the Rest:
“I Won’t Be Home For Christmas”
Recorded with original drummer, Scott Raynor, this song pokes fun at the annoying antics people go through around the holidays. Not well known in the U.S. this single actually reached the top of the Canadian charts for 6 weeks in a row in 2001, setting a Canadian record.
Another not well known song, released on the “I Miss You” single, is a good indicator of where the bands sound may be headed post-hiatus as it would definitely mesh with songs from DeLonge’s latest band Angels & Airwaves.
This raw punk tune details an episode in band-mate Mark Hoppus’ life in which his mom has no choice but to live with the man that hurts her because she has nowhere else to go.
“Anthem Pt. 2”
A teen “anthem” no doubt, this last song on the “Best of the Rest” list speaks of the suffrage of teenagers in abusive relationships in a messed in world, blaming the parents.
Blink-182’s Top Ten Songs
10. “First Date”
The second hit from their 4th studio album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, was ironically written by DeLonge the very same night Hoppus wrote “The Rock Show.” DeLonge’s lyrics follow the story of a guy going out with a girl for the first time and all the things that run through his mind.
Detailing a cash-strapped loner, this hit from their first album actually first appeared on their self recorded album Buddha. Certainly a different sound than of recent work, “Carousel” is still a usual on my fans playlists.
8. “Stay Together For The Kids”
Written about DeLongue’s parents’ divorce, the video for this song encountered some unforeseen editing. Day one of shooting for the video included a scene where a house is shown being toppled over by a wrecking ball. The next day, September 11th, 2001, the World Trade Center was attacked, leaving the band with no choice but to delete that scene.
“Always,” The last single before the bands hiatus, featured many technical effects that included synthesizers and multiple guitar parts layered on top of each other. Because of the immense effects used in the song the band could only perform it live a couple of times.
Blink finally gained mainstream popularity with this single, which reached 11th on the Billboard Modern Rock Track Chart. The song was also featured in movies such as Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and Bubble Boy.
5. “Adam’s Song”
Peaking at #2 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, “Adam’s Song” is known as the first acclaimed single by the band that took a step away from their usual toilet humor and explicit lyrics as they examined depression and suicide. In a hair-raising story, a friend of one of the fallen in the tragic Columbine High School is said to have hung himself while the track played on repeat.
4. “The Rock Show”
Another #2 hit, Blink-182 returned to their explicit laden lyrics in this catchy tune, written as such because their producer said the album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, was missing songs with a good hook. The music video shows what the band did with the money they received to shoot the video which included paying a group of strippers to mow a random person’s lawn and giving a homeless man a haircut and new suit.
3. “I Miss You”
Interestingly the highest grossing single released by the band, despite lacking in popularity to “All The Small Things,” the song features lines referencing the film The Nightmare Before Christmas, a favorite of Travis Barker. The music video is roughly based off of two (“The Lovecats” and “Just Like Heaven”) done by one of the bands influencers, The Cure.
2. “What’s My Age Again”
Originally titled, “Peter Pan Complex,” the song which preceded the smash-hit “All The Small Things” peaked at #19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The popular music video shows the band running nude, with censors, through the streets. The band actually wore skin-tone colored Speedos during the outdoor filming portions of the video.
1. “All The Small Things”
The hands-down number one most popular song in all of their years as Blink-182 is “All The Small Things.” The song was first of two of theirs to reach #1 on the US Modern Rock chart. It was written for DeLonge’s girlfriend, at the time, after she complained he’d only written songs about his previous girlfriends. “All The Small Things” inspired a BBC show of the same name which features a band who plays many of the same songs as Blink. It will always remain one of the most popular songs of the 1990’s and will forever be a part of many teens young lives.