***This one’s for all the emo, pop-punk, scene, alternative & rock fans. Here’s a long list to reminisce back to a time before Covid-19***
So, flashback to the Vans Warped Tour, Honda Civic Tour, and Buzz Bake Sale days and think about the bands you were obsessed with.
You’ve probably seen them live and/or had a couple of these bands/songs on YOUR perfectly curated MySpace playlist at some point, right? Most likely!
If you’re anything like me, they still hold a special little place in your heart today and have occasionally gone down a rabbit hole, listening to all these classic throwbacks.
With so many different bands out there, a top 10 just wasn’t feasible..and apparently, neither was at top 20 or 25. So… HERE WE ARE with 30 bands (which I kept fighting the urge to add on to) and a song from each that I for sure had on my playlist at one point.
*These are in NO particular order*
- Something Corporate : Those who truly know me, know my OBSESSION for SoCo and Andrew McMahon and I’m seriously considering getting SoCo lyrics as my next tattoo. It’s so hard to choose just ONE song to represent but I’ll leave one of their more popular one.
2. Anberlin : After more than a decade of listening to their music, they’re still one of my top 5 favorite bands ever! And let’s not forget whose song I got the inspiration behind naming this blog “Lipstick Traces” from. (Adelaide- Anberlin). The Never Take Friendship Personal album has gotten a lot of playtime over the years & will forever be a go-to album of mine.
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3. Dashboard Confessional : You’re lying if you or know someone who didn’t have a small crush on Chris Carrabba. OF COURSE, they are on this list. I mean, my myspace URL, myspace.com/sound_of_the_stereo was inspired from their song “Hands Down.”
“Hands down this is the best date I can ever remember,
Always remember, the sound of the stereo,
The dim of the soft lights,
The scent of your hair that you twirled in your fingers”
*(If you clicked the link, that guy in my pic is my ex from many years ago and if someone can help me hack my MySpace and change the picture, it would be lovely! lol)*
4. Hellogoodbye: I think they had a lot of fame around 2006 but obsessed was an understatement for me. (I even used two of their songs as titles of the yearbook pages I was designed for that year.) The song Here (In Your Arms) is not only one of their most popular songs but definitely one of the most stolen off of my playlist, which prompted me to HIDE it from everyone. 15 and oh so petty LOL
5. New Found Glory: I want to refrain from using the word “favorite” but they are most definitely in my top 5! I’ve been a fan of NFG since I was 12 years old and their music was always a pick-me-up for me. I’m sure most of you are familiar with “My Friends Over You” from their Stick and Stones album, so I’ll leave you with one from “Coming Home”.
6. Paramore: Are you guys even surprised that they’re on this list? OF COURSE NOT! And those who knew me back in the MySpace era can vouch that I would have All We Know Is Falling & Riot! on an endless loop on my iPod nano and would frequently quote my favorite lyric from “Crushcrushcrush” on my AIM away messages and MySpace bulletins. “If you wanna play it like a game. Well, come on, come on, let’s play” (Cringey, I know LMAO). Fast forward a decade later & guess who’s has Paramore lyrics tattooed on her?
7. All Time Low: Alex Gaskarth…Everyone’s favorite band member to crush on back then. Their So Wrong It’s Right album was definitely on loop in my iPod Nano.
8. The Used: In Love and Death was dark but I LOVED everything about it for some reason. Big shout out to Elissa for burning me that CD in 9th grade! This song was all over the mainstream radio, MTV, FUSE TV and was playing every time I walked into Hot Topic.
9. Acceptance: Acceptance was/is SO UNDERRATED!!! I just want to thank Joe Bar for introducing them to me, because Phantoms was and is still one of my most played albums of all time. It hurts me to not share “So Contagious” but they have soooo many other good ones!
10. The Starting Line: Tell me you don’t get excited when “Best of Me” starts playing. Don’t even lie! TSL is one of the bands I listened to the most in middle school and high school and I wish more people knew of them! This song made it on my playlist when Myspace was dwindling down but to this day, it’s still one of most played songs of all time.
11. Sugarcult: “PRETTY GIRL IS SUFFERING WHILE HE CONFESSES EVERYTHING” 🗣 Y’all remember, right ? I saw them in 2006 at Buzz Bake Sale in West Palm Beach, where I got a picture with Marko DeSantis!!! One of the greatest concert memories!
I’m 100% sure I had the he lyrics “I’ve got shaky little fingers, that hold on to your grip
You’ve got wrapped around my world.” from Crashing Down on my MySpace headline a time or two, most likely dedicated to one of my exes. haha
12. Relient K : This band was popular amongst people in the youth group I was once a part of and I’m guessing it was because they were known to be a Christian Rock band? Who knows? But for me, it was their catchy lyrics & upbeat music.
13. My Chemical Romance: MCR was one of the more known bands out there with the popular hit My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise). One thing about them is they did not disappoint with their videos, just like for “Helena.”
14. Motion City Soundtrack: Do you remember how adorable the “It Had to Be You”‘video was?! Having meaningful and clever lines made me appreciate their music 10x more and definitely secured them as in my Top 5. Fun Fact: Justin Pierre commented on one of my IG pics where I quoted lyrics from this best-loved song of mine. So give it a listen and you have time, read up on the lyrics!
15. Panic! At the Disco: Okay, I’ll be first to admit that I haven’t kept up with their newer music, but back then I was a huge fan. While everyone LOVED “Panic! At The Disco: I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” I actually preferred this on my list a little more.
16. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: I’m almost sure I discovered them on MySpace and then the same year I saw them play at Buzz Bake Sale as well! I just remembered obsessing over Face Down (along with everyone else) but when I heard Your Guardian Angel, it was game over. It’s actually unfortunate that this song is forever ruined for me…
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers: RHCP originated a couple of years before us 90s babies were even born but we all know their music is TIMELESS! Discovering them at the young age of 9, when “Scar Tissue” came out has made me a fan ever since & it wasn’t rare to have their songs on my playlist. With the release of Stadium Arcadium in 2006, “Dani California” came out just in time for us to spam it all across MySpace. Here’s another good one from Stadium Arcadium.
18. Secondhand Serenade: Okay, I know he was a solo artist but STILL! In 2006, Secondhand Serenade was voted as the No. 3 Best MySpace Artist in a Rolling Stone poll, so it’s no surprise just about every other page I visited had their song on it. Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by “Fall for You”? The best thing about tonight is that we’re not fighting…could it be that we have been this way before?”
19. Cute is What We Aim For… : I only knew a small handful of friends who actually listened to them, so YAY if you did too! The “Curse of Curves” was a catchy classic, containing lyrics that were 100% AIM away message & MySpace headline material. “the inside lingo had me at hello and we go where the money goes…”
20. The Academy Is… : Almost Here was for sure probably one of my most played albums in my sophomore year of high school and maybe even now. With tracks like Slow Down, Season, Skeptics and True Believers and Down and Out, how can I not be a huge fan?
21. Taking Back Sunday: TBS had a lot of great tracks way before Louder Now was released in 2006 but there’s no denying “MakeDamnSure” was a breakthrough for them. “AND WE LAY WE LAY TOGETHER, JUST NOT TOO CLOSE TOO CLOSE”
22. Hawthorne Heights: Okay, confession, I didn’t really appreciate the screamo parts in their songs but honestly, they just simply wouldn’t be them without it. LOL remember when all the scene kids changed their display names to “[yournamehere] Fm ” (ex. Karen Fm) to play off their “Niki Fm” song title. XD <— (Remember that too?) It’s sad that their guitarist Casey passed when they were just getting so big. RIP Casey.
23. Jack’s Mannequin : Perhaps you were a One Tree Hill fan, like me? Their music was always on point and “The Mixed Tape” actually features Peyton Sawyer herself. Andrew McMahon formed JM right after battling leukemia & they didn’t disappoint with their music. Everything In Transit tracks was a huge succeslike “Dark Blue” was a favorite of mine & surely made some waves in the mainstream world, getting featured in movies & TV shows.
24. Boys Like Girls: “The Great Escape” & “Hero/Heroine” put them on the radar and was played on all the music channel’s video countdowns, but it was “Thunder” that appealed to me a bit more. Did you scream the chorus to, or was that just me? Thank God it came out when it did because it most definitely made it on my break-up playlist for sure.
25. Yellowcard: I can still hear everyone in high school singing the first line of “Ocean Avenue” and it’s no wonder this song spread like wildfire throughout MySpace and the mainstream radio. It was “Only One” definitely tugged at my heartstrings.
26. Green Day:American Idiot was a comeback album that peaked all kinds of charts across the world. With so many memorable tracks like “American Idiot”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” & “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, I know I must have pressed that repeat button a couple of times.
27. The Killers: My sister was actually the one obsessed with them when “Mr. Brightside” was released and of course, I joined that bandwagon soon after. I mean who could resist Brandon Flowers?! *swoon* “When You Were Young” did it for me though.
28. We The Kings: For all the heat Florida gets (no pun intended), a lot of great bands actually emerged from here and WTK is most definitely on that list. “Check Yes Juliet” created a lot of buzz but I murdered the replay button on “Secret Valentine”.
29. The All-American Rejects : For the longest time, I didn’t want to hear “Move Along” ever again. So, that should say how much the mainstream music channels overplayed this song and “Dirty Little Secret”. But no hate here because I’ve been following AAR since their self-titled album came out with “Swing, Swing” and Move Along was actually a great album!
30. Fall Out Boy: From Under The Corktree is the best album (then Infinity On High) from FOB. Let’s argue. There’s literally no song that I skip and this album comes to mind whenever I get asked about my most played or favorite. Also, who hasn’t heard “Sugar We’re Goin Down”? I’m sure everyone is familiar with the chorus even if they don’t know who sings it. Since everyone already knows that song, here’s another awesome one.
Aaaand that concludes my long-ass list. If you’ve made it this far CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU for reading! There’s so many more I wanted to add but let me know in the comments which bands you had on your playlist or if I missed one of your favorites!
Here’s a playlist of the songs I featured:
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