20 Bands Like Blink 182 (similar music you’re guaranteed to love!)
Blink-182 have that American skater boy sound, a mix of catchy pop tunes and fast punk rock. With themes concerning adolescent relationships and growing up, they appealed to the Southern California skate-punk scene and found international success after the release of their 3rd and 4th albums, “Enema of the State” (1999) and “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”(2001). The singles taken from those albums found plenty of air time on MTV and helped the band gain popularity worldwide and attract fans of all ages.
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This supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California USA in 2005 consisted of Mark Hoppus (bass and vocals), Travis Barker (drums) both from Blink-182, along with Shane Gallagher (lead guitar) from The Nervous Return and Craig Fairbank (rhythm guitar) from Mercy Killers. Formed while Blink-182 were broken up by Hoppus and Barker, they took the band’s name from the international dialling code for Great Britain which was where they first discussed the project.
2. Box Car Racer
Formed in San Diego, California, USA in 2001 by Tom Delonge (vocals and guitar) and Travis Barker (drums) both members of Blink-182, to pursue the “darker ideas that didn’t suit Blink-182’s image”. Their self-titled debut album reached number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band was brought to an end in 2003 as Delonge considered it to have served its purpose.
Formed in Franklin, Tennessee, USA in 2004, Paramore consists currently of Hayley Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York. They have gone through a number of personnel changes with Hayley Williams the only constant member. Paramore has released 5 studio albums to critical acclaim.
4. Simple Creatures
Simple Creatures is a duo consisting of Mark Hoppus (vocals, bass, keyboard) from Blink-182 and Alex Gaskarth (vocals, guitar, keyboard) from All Time Low. The duo has released 2 EPs (“Strange Love” and “Everything Opposite”) from their base in Los Angeles, California, USA. The two made friends when All Time Low were on tour with Blink-182 in 2016.
5. Angels & Airwaves
Angels & Airwaves was formed after Blink-182 went on hiatus in 2005 and continued to tour and perform after Blink-182 reformed even though Tom DeLonge has always been an active member of both bands. They have released 6 studio albums two of which, “Love” and “Love Part Two” were accompanied by a science fiction drama film entitled “Love”. Delonge describes the band as “more than a band, more like an art project that approaches larger human themes and tackles them in different mediums”.
6. Green Day
Formed in the East Bay of California, Green Day were part of the late 80s early 90s Bay Area punk scene. They are considered to have popularised punk rock in the US mainstream. They have released 13 studio albums in a number of styles, mainly punk, pop punk, power pop, alternative rock and skater punk.
7. Sum 41
Sum 41 has released 7 studio albums since their 2001 debut “All Killer No Filler” and has won numerous awards and acclamations. Formed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada in 1996 and originally called Kaspir, Sum 41 had their first hit with the single “Fat Lip” taken from their debut album. The single reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and is still their most successful single.
8. A Day To Remember
Originally called “End Of An Era”, A Day To Remember was formed in 2003 in Ocala, Florida, USA. They are well known for their fusion of pop punk and metalcore. They have released 7 studio albums and won the award for best live band 2015 from the Alternative Press Music Awards.
Best known for their singles, “Ocean Avenue”, “Lights and Sounds” and “Only One”, Yellowcard were formed in 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. They released 10 studio albums before finally disbanding in 2016. They have been described as pop punk, alternative rock and hardcore punk.
10.New Found Glory
Their 2002 album “Sticks And Stones” saw New Found Glory reach mainstream fame with the release of the single from the album called “My Friends Over You”. If ever there was a Blink-182 sound-alike band, New Found Glory are it.
11. Simple Plan
Simple Plan has released 6 studio albums plus they’re responsible for the theme music for “What’s New, Scooby Doo?” The origin of their name remains a mystery, when asked members of the band have given different replies including it was their “simple plan to avoid working at McDonald’s” others have claimed it’s derived from the 1998 novel and film of the same name.
12. Good Charlotte
It was their second album, “The Young And Hopeless” that catapulted Good Charlotte to mainstream success. Helped by the single releases from the album including “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Anthems” the album sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
13. Neck Deep
Formed in 2012 in Wrexham, Wales, UK, Neck Deep posted a song online called “What Did You Expect?” which soon gained lots of online attention. They subsequently released two EPs, “Rain In July” and “A History Of Bad Decisions” a year after the release of their second EP they signed with Hopeless Records and released their debut album “Wishful Thinking”.
14. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Formed in Middleburg, Florida, USA in 2003, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus first found success with tracks from their album “Don’t You Fake It”. The single “Face Down” was their biggest success and two other singles were released from this album which were “Your Guardian Angel” and “ False Pretense”.
15. Plain White T’s
Plain White T’s had a number one hit with their song “Hey There Delilah” which also earned two Grammy nominations. They have released 8 studio albums since their early underground status in and around the bars and clubs of Chicago where they were formed in nearby Lombard, Illinois, USA.
16. Fall Out Boy
Another band formed in Illinois, Fall Out Boy came from Wilmette, Chicago, and were formed in 2001. Their second album “From Under the Cork Tree” was their mainstream breakthrough album which produced two hit singles which were “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar We’re Going Down”. They received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards and their 2007 album “Infinity on High” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts.
17. Bowling For Soup
Influenced by the Ramones and Green Day, Bowling For Soup became popular after the release of their 2002 album “Drunk Enough to Dance” that saw the bands crossover into mainstream fandom. With singles including “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” and “Emily” released from the album earning them even more success.
18. Taking Back Sunday
Formed in 1999 in Long Island, New York, USA, Taking Back Sunday has released 7 studio albums since their first, “Tell All Your Friends” in 2002. According to Billboard the track, “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” “basically helped popularize post-hardcore and emo to the public”.
19. The Descendents
Formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA The Descendents are an American punk band who have recorded 8 studio albums, 3 live albums, 3 compilation albums and 4 EPs. Originally called “The Itch”, The Descendents have broken up and reformed a number of times and are still currently performing.
20. The Offspring
Originally called “Manic Subsidal”, The Offspring was formed in 1984 in Garden Grove, California, USA. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide which makes them one of the best selling punk rock bands in history.
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