By Séamus Smyth

5. What’s My Age Again? 

“What’s my Age Again?”  immaculately described the under-appreciated awkwardness of entering the 20-something years. Getting drunk and arrested was supposed to stay behind in high school like a flunking stoner, but the reckless habits didn’t evaporate as quickly as many hoped. “What’s my Age Again?” is the ultimate rhetorical question that begs for any answer besides the correct one.

4. Stockholm Syndrome

For almost three minutes, Blink 182 leaped out from behind the curtain of immaturity and rocked harder than at any other moment in their career. Barker sets a blistering pace, only to be matched by Tom and Mark’s riveting guitars that break down into unison at the one-minute mark. It features every defining element of Blink that separates them from the rest of the pop-punk brigade. Tom’s scream has never sounded more anarchic especially while juxtaposed perfectly alongside Mark’s slight bitterness.

3. Pathetic

Pure garage-band noise that probably drove neighbours nuts with frustration and teenagers berserk with benevolence. It is evidence that Blink 182 were alienated punks in the beginning, yearning to belong just like their original fan base and the swarms of countless youth that turn to punk music for a taste of identity.

2. I Miss You

What a shame that the moment Blink peaked as a group was the moment that the trio would split. They had finally elevated past drunken frat-party music and had begun to carve out an unexplored avenue in the pop/punk world. Blink’s fans were so loyal that they willingly transitioned with the band as they wisely put on clothes and started changing diapers. The synetheziation of Blink is borderline incomparable in “I Miss You.” This mysterious melody could never sound as polished without Mark whispering the chorus in the back, Travis’s signature drums and Tom warning to not waste your time, for you are already “the voice inside my head.”

1. All the Small Things

“All the Small Things” was the satirical masterpiece of the 90s. It ridiculed the boy-band craze (most notably the Backstreet Boys) yet in the end, these pop masterminds are exactly what Blink 182 became. Blink made its audience laugh out loud at how preposterous the boy band totalitarian rule of the late 90s was, by having them subconsciously embrace it through them. Blink became just another pop group, but with tattoos, instruments and a slightly but hardly distinguishable level of depth. Blink will be criticized for selling out through this single, but the marketability of Blink was too tempting to not pursue for not only labels, but for the group itself. They would be blind to not see that they had every necessary trait to become punk royalty. The catch of course was that the “punk” throne arrived with a conspicuous slash beside it, followed by the most polarizing term in music, “Pop.” They sold their skateboards for mansions and you can bet any of these dude’s ranch that they would do it a million times over.