You lived and died by these bands, and they're still just as good. Get your nostalgia on and listen to your old favorites as if they were brand new. Music doesn't have an expiration date, and if you loved something once upon a time, you probably still do right?
The early 2000's had their share of amazing bands...but these ones characterize a time in my life where I was innocent, hell-bent on doing well in school and trying to get my future in control. I had no problems whatsoever, but felt like the world was falling down around me. Man...I was an idiot.
Let's take a look back at the tracks that defined us and remember what we were like when they did.
1. Fall Out Boy / Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
This is the perfect song to kick off our little trip through time right?
Fall Out Boy is still huge, and arguably better than ever, but this song is still a classic. I can remember getting chills every time I heard it on the radio. Because even though the radio stations primarily played all of the "pop garbage" you'd hear on the daily...Fall Out Boy was always there to cut through it.
2. We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands / The Academy Is...
This song was my JAM. The first lines spoke to my soul, "I've got that lefty curse where everything I do is flipped and awkwardly reversed / you're seldom known and barely missed / I always put myself in destructive situations."
This was like my number one angsty teenage tune. Though this group broke up in 2011 they're reuniting for a tour this winter! An I may be there ;)
3. I Write Sins, Not Tragedies / Panic! At The Disco
A band with an exclamation point in their name!? Come On. The original line-up of Panic! is at it's peak on their debut "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out." I remember seeing this band at my first real concert, they opened for Fall Out Boy and played for like...15 minutes. But they were incredible.
Apparently Panic! got a record deal before they played a single show live. Man...I wish my band had done that.
4. Snakes on a Plane (Bring It!) / Cobra Starship feat. Travie McCoy, Maja and William Beckett
This song was the coolest thing since sliced bread. We all loved it because it was from the soundtrack of one of the most absurd movies ever. The movie birthed an even more absurd song.
This is still a go-to Karaoke track for my friends and I. We all take a different part. I of course, sing the high chorus because William Beckett sang it. And I loved him. Why not.
5. Dear Maria Count Me In / All Time Low
My band used to play graduation parties...and when we covered this song, it was a huge hit! There's nothing like an infectious pop hook coupled with slashing guitars and raw energy. All Time Los is still around today, and their newest record Future Hearts is pretty great...but nothing brings back the memories like "Dear Maria Count Me In."
It's just infectious.
6. Cupid's Chokehold / Gym Class Heroes feat. Patrick Stump
"Take a look at my girlfriend / she's the only one I got." This song was heard at every school dance I can remember. Gym Class Heroes was the pop / punk / hip hop act of your dreams. The innovative musical style and romantic lyrics of this track drew in a lot of people. Fun fact for you, lead singer Travie McCoy dated Katy Perry for a while...and she even makes an appearance in this video.
7. Pressure / Paramore
This was the first Paramore song I really liked. I remember singing it in my basement with a karaoke track, trying to hit the high notes in the chorus. Every girl wanted to be Hayley Williams...and I think some still do. This is the song you'd scream after you broke up with your high school boyfriend. Cause like...why not.
8. My Friends Over You / New Found Glory
Arguably the catchiest song on this list, My Friends Over You, is still an anthem for everyone who values the age old adage friends over boyfriends. There's nothing better than screaming this track at the top of your lungs in the car with your best friends. This band was one of the first pop-punk acts I got into and they still rock. Their latest track "Vicious Love" features Hayley from Paramore.
9. American Idiot / Green Day
This band rocked my world, literally. They opened the door of musical expression and gave me permission to be myself. The minute I saw this music video on MTV in 6th grade, my life changed. This song means so much to me. It is a fearless call to action, for us to not follow the rules. Green Day was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and for good reason. They're an extremely individual act, who inspired nearly every other act on this list.
Gotta end with the most influential right?