Blink-182, the stuff of pop punk legends. Unapologetic in their mission to rock the suburban world, this reckless trio shaded the late 90s and early 2000s with their brand of brash, adolescent anthems. A heady cocktail of sing-shout choruses, gnarly riffs and lyrical confessions churned out classics that continue to resonate across generations. From the unfiltered angst carving a rebellious edge in “Dammit” to the reflective rhythm of “Adam’s Song,” they’ve taken us on an emotional roller coaster that’s nothing short of audacious.
Further down the journey, yielding hits like “First Date,” “The Rock Show,” and “Stay Together for the Kids,” the band’s mainstream savvy was in full swing, while their ability to go deeper beneath the surface found a home in “I Miss You.” There’s a certain raw and relatable energy in the Blink-182 discography that’s unforgettable, a loud echo from the confines of their garage beginnings, to the heights of global charts. This is a band that symbolized rebellion, ignited a musical movement, and, up until today, remain the poster boys of pop punk.
So let’s get into it. From raw mischief to reflective mania, here are the Top 25 Blink-182 Songs Ranked from Worst to Best.
With its driving rhythms and punk-infused rage, it’s a stark reminiscence of the band’s early days. But compared to Blink’s pulitzer-worthy hits, this cut ends up feeling a tad half-baked. Despite its catchy hook, it stumbles a bit in translating the band’s trademark angst into a cohesive narrative. Not to say it’s a dud — far from it. It’s vintage Blink, just not their best. Still, “CHILDHOOD” is a worthy stroll down memory lane for hardcore ‘Enema of the State’ purists pining for simpler times. Remember folks, even Picasso had a blue period.
24. HURT (INTERLUDE)
As a lyrical intermission within Blink-182’s stacked discography, it’s more elusive and experimental than their mainstream hits. Never one to be confined by the neat borders of pop punk, Blink takes a plunge into bolder sonic territory here. Grittier, and somber, “HURT (INTERLUDE)” is a left-field detour that prompts listeners to reconsider Blink’s versatility. It might lack the kick of their killer hooks and catchy choruses, but it stands as proof that they weren’t just about adolescent angst. They could dive deep when they needed to. It’s a valuable piece of the Blink puzzle – but it’s not their definitive piece.
Now, ranked 21st on our illustrious list, it might seem we’re doing this track a disservice – and frankly, ‘Dammit’, we just might be. This 1997 release was Blink’s breakout moment, the track where they starkly mastered the art of sermonizing adolescent angst into an infectious 2 minutes and 45 seconds whirl. The gnarly riffs, the spitfire drums, and that oh-so-relatable theme of growing up and messing up, solidified “Dammit” as a Pop Punk Hall of Famer. Was it their best? Debatable. Does it slap harder than an angry cheerleader? You bet your Misfits patch it does.
22. OTHER SIDE
This track is textbook Blink-182, blending pop-punk instrumentals with emo-influenced lyrics to paint a raw, emotional portrait. Often overlooked in favor of their mega hits, “OTHER SIDE” showcases the band’s ability to turn deep, introspective themes into catchy, melodic hooks. However, despite its qualities, it lacks the infectious energy and indelible choruses that mark the upper echelon of the band’s discography. It’s a solid track, but in a catalogue as crowded with hits as Blink-182’s, it doesn’t quite manage to distinguish itself. “OTHER SIDE” is the deep cut that true fans will love but casual listeners might miss out on.
21. Anthem Part Two
The angst-ridden track, packed with the band’s signature blend of punk and pop, presents the disillusionment of youth and their resignation to social realities. The song excels in its raw honesty, unapologetically voicing teenage disaffection with broken social systems. The band keeps it real, aligning with their fan base who, like them, are outgrowing their carefree days. Despite its stark contrast to previous carefree vibes, Blink-182 pulls off “Anthem Part Two” with finesse, showcasing they are more than just the poster boys of “pop-punk fun”. However, it falls short in terms of lyrical complexity when compared to their later refined pieces, landing it the 20th spot on our list.
20. Stay Together For The Kids
This tune is an emotional rollercoaster, steeped in teen angst and the harsh reality of parental separation. The band digs deep, using their signature pop-punk blend to navigate the fragile nature of broken families, transcending from the typical high school heartbreak narrative. And the music video? A brilliant portrayal of domestic chaos, cementing the track in pop-punk history. But as much as I love its authenticity, it can’t quite compete with the band’s lighter, more iconic hits. So, it makes its way to the 17th spot on our list. Stay tuned, Blink-182 aficionados, the best is yet to come!
19. BAD NEWS
Blink-182 always had a knack for wrapping dark themes in high-energy pop-punk, but on this track, the balance seems slightly off. It’s got the angst-ridden lyrics and the catchy hooks we’ve come to expect, but there’s something about its delivery that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Perhaps it’s an overly polished production, stripping away some of the rawness that gives Blink-182 their edge. Or perhaps it’s just overshadowed by the band’s more groundbreaking work. In any case, “BAD NEWS” still holds its place in Blink’s discography, serving as a testament to their willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre.
Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge interchange vocals, creating a call-and-response dynamic that differentiates this track. Its raucous guitar riffs and thunderous drumming by Travis Barker makes it a memorable deep cut. The lyrics, while not their most poetic, are pure Blink, showing their knack for conveying complicated emotions in straightforward ways, creating a captivating juxtaposition of raw energy and vulnerability. While ‘TURPENTINE’ might not have climbed up the charts like ‘What’s My Age Again?’ or ‘All The Small Things,’ it still showcased the band’s evolving dynamics and potential for more. A stand-out display of Blink’s alterna-punk DNA, for sure.”
17. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT
It’s a deceptively simple track that showcases the band’s ability to create tightly crafted songs that go beyond the frenetic energy of their earlier work. Travis Barker’s drumming is the backbone, propelling the song with his precision-tuned beats. Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge share the vocal duties, their voices intertwining in a yin-yang dance that highlights the emotional depth of the lyrics. It’s a gem that deserves more recognition, a slice of pop-punk that underscored Blink-182’s ability to evolve without losing their edge.
The signature pop-punk trifecta—drum rolls, power chords, and anguished lyrics—is there, but it feels somewhat formulaic, lacking that critical spark. The rebellious undercurrent which typically propels their most memorable tracks is eclipsed by a certain surface-level appeal that doesn’t quite live up to their past songs. It’s like a bowl of cereal without the milk. Although they tread familiar ground, “EDGING” is, regrettably, not their strongest offering, landing itself near the bottom of this list. But hey, even their “worst” outshines most band’s best!
15. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
A solid banger, this track encapsulates the band’s ability to create a sound that’s simultaneously nostalgic yet ever-fresh. Laced with that kicky early punk spirit, this tune takes you on a joyride back to those golden high school days, underscoring that undeniable Blink-182 brand of youthful angst. However, it’s not their strongest submission lyrically – featuring introspection, yet lacking some narrative depth. But hey, it’s Blink-182 and their magic lies in their infectious energy and anthemic choruses, not Shakespearean verses. This is one from the vaults that fans will always have a soft spot for because it reminds us of our own fleeting innocence.
14. MORE THAN YOU KNOW
This track tried to fuse the old school Blink-182 punk vibe with their more recent experimental undertones, a bold endeavor. The boys genuinely tried to step outside their comfort zone, let’s give’em that. But alas, it falls somewhat flat. The lyrics are introspective, grappling with inner demons. The angst is palpable, classic Blink, but the musical execution doesn’t quite match up. Feels like they’re caught between their punk roots and wanting to evolve. It’s not their strongest work, but it’s not a complete miss either. A solid mid-tier track that encapsulates the band’s transitional phase.
13. BLINK WAVE
It may not carry the pop-punk signature of the notorious trio, but it showcases Blink-182’s ability to stretch beyond their comfort zone. This track draws on an array of influences, with echoes of 80s synth-pop reverberating alongside the robustness of their staple sound. It’s a sonic surprise from the band that adds diversity to their discography, displaying a willingness to risk, evolve, and experiment. However, its lyricism lacks the poignant punch essential for it to be a true standout in their songbook. Even so, “BLINK WAVE” serves as an invaluable reminder that Blink-182 isn’t a one-trick pop-punk pony, but a band with plenty of tricks up their sleeve. It’s a vital stepping stone in the band’s exploration, but not a crowning glory.
TERRIFIED: A deep cut from Blink-182’s catalogue, “TERRIFIED” is laced with the band’s brand of angst-ridden pop-punk. While it’s not their strongest offering, the song’s raw power offers a glimpse into the band’s evolution. The track captures the often terrifying aftermath of disillusionment, heartbreak, and regret, featuring sturdy drumming and gritty vocals that reveal the band’s darker side. Yet, in spite of its intensity, “TERRIFIED” lacks the catchy hooks and infectious melodies that have helped Blink-182 climb the charts. As a result, it finds itself at the bottom of our list, serving as a testament to the band’s experimental leanings even if it doesn’t quite hit the mark.
11. Feeling This
We’re talking a total elevation from their previous work. A bolder step if you will. Kicking off their eponymous 2003 album, it is a testament to their growth as musicians. Notably, it balances Travis Barker’s drum prowess with the band’s knack for catchy chorus. It’s a song that encapsulates Blink’s emotional maturity, while still retaining that signature wild, youthful energy. It is a key indication of the band’s nuanced approach to songwriting, symbolizing their transition from skater boys to influential figures in the pop-punk landscape.
10. DANCE WITH ME
This track, lads and lasses, is a real aqueous suspension of Blink’s irreverent punk rock roots and the more polished pop-punk sound they were inching towards. The intro’s stormy guitar riff that gives way to Mark Hoppus’s resonating vocals is classic Blink essence. Yet, the glossy production and layered instrumentals foreshadow the band’s forthcoming foray into more radio-friendly territory. A critical juncture in Blink’s musical journey, “DANCE WITH ME” deserves love for its sonic boldness and narrative lyrics carving a tale of youthful romance. You’ll dance, you’ll reminisce, and you’ll bloody well realize why Blink-182 is more than your run-of-the-mill pop-punk outfit.
9. FELL IN LOVE
This tune, veering slightly off the beaten punk-pop path, showcases the trio’s uncanny ability to evolve while staying true to their roots. The track gleams with harmonious melodies, rolling into a catchy chorus that bursts with the band’s iconic ebullient energy. And yet, it’s tinged with a matured sentimentality, a slight departure from their seminal juvenile angst. Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge’s vocals layer over each other seamlessly, their synergy palpable. Not their biggest chart-topper, but “FELL IN LOVE” is proof that Blink-182 didn’t just write hits, they crafted tunes that hit you in the feels – and stayed there. It’s a love affair in the making, indeed.
8. The Rock Show
Released as the lead single from their ground-breaking album, “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”, this tune demonstrates the band’s unique ability to craft infectious hooks and relatable lyrics. The song captures the energy of an unforgettable night at a live gig – something that resonates with all Blink-182 fans. Not as introspective as other tracks, it’s a straight-up celebration of music. The high-octane rhythm, catchy chorus, and Mark and Tom’s vocal interplay underscore what music meant to them. In short? It’s a tribute to the youthful zest and the indomitable spirit of the rock scene. Ranked at 18, it might not be the best of Blink, but it’s a song that has imprinted itself on the pop-punk kingdom.
7. I Miss You
The haunting staccato of Mark Hoppus’ bass guitar acts as the heartbeat of the song and melds superbly with Tom DeLonge’s anguished vocals; it’s a showcase of their complementary styles coming together to form something truly sublime. The song’s gothic, somber tone marked a new chapter for the band and signaled their evolution into more mature themes – breaking away from the typical high-school heartache. Its cryptic lyrics leave listeners decrypting metaphors and unpicking existential seams long after the song is over. In short, “I Miss You” is an unforgettable tear-jerker sitting pretty high on this list. It’s Blink-182 showing off their sensitive side and proving their depth as artists.
6. Adam’s Song
Battle-tested fans of the band know “Adam’s Song” as the meaningful ballad that beautifully articulates the bitter feelings of isolation and despair, a stark contrast to their typical jokey, carefree vibe. Cuts like these are what separated Blink-182 from the fray – they weren’t just skatepark savants cracking immature jokes, they could also elevate their music to a level of emotional depth that resonated with audiences. “Adam’s Song”, while not their most famous track, deserves its place in the upper echelons of Blink-182 brilliance.
5. ANTHEM PART 3
Weaving itself into Blink-182’s fabric, this track serves up the trio’s signature rebellious ethos with a side of adolescent angst. A mash-up of visceral tunes and raw lyricism, it’s Blink-182’s way of setting fire to the rulebook, a full-blown reminder of their punk roots. While it may not beat the heavy hitters like “What’s My Age Again?” or “All The Small Things”, it’s a crucial stitch in the tapestry of Blink’s discography. Downright rebellious and charmingly immature, “Anthem Part 3” is as vintage Blink-182 as you can get. Yet, compared to their full pantheon, it takes a back seat, earning its place as our #4 on this journey of Blink-182 rankings. Let’s keep trekking through this lyrical labyrinth, shall we?
4. First Date
Released as the second single from their fourth studio album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, this track unabashedly embodies the nervy, awkward excitement of adolescent romance. What sets “First Date” apart from other run-of-the-mill teenage anthems is its tight production, catchy hooks, and the band’s singular brand of humor. However, Blink’s tongue-in-cheek approach doesn’t undermine the genuine emotional resonance of the song. This is a track that manages to balance the fresh, exhilarating feeling of young love with an undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty, making it both relatable and enduring in the annals of pop-punk history. “First Date” for sure set a new standard for the genre, making it a must-listen for any Blink-182 and pop punk fan.
3. ONE MORE TIME
Sailing on sweet melodies, the track attempts to juggle the raw punk tendencies of the group’s early years with their newfound lyrical vulnerability. Although it’s imbued with familiar angst, the song lacks the memorable hooks that characterize the trio’s best work. Here, Blink-182 explores a different dimension; one filled with unabashed reflections, trading their past cheekiness for earnest confessionals. However, “ONE MORE TIME” falls short of realizing that evolution fully, feeling more like an awkward transition rather than a solid landing. It’s an indication of their growth, yes, but it’s not quite the step forward we were hoping for.
2. What’s My Age Again?
Released in 1999, off their groundbreaking album “Enema of the State”, it positioned Blink-182 as the voice of a generation grappling with the rough edges of adulthood. The singable chorus, the punky riffs, the perfectly timed drums – they all lay the groundwork for Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge to lyrically encapsulate a feeling so universally relatable, it’s practically a rite of passage. This isn’t just a pop-punk anthem, it’s a pop-culture milestone, proving that sometimes, the best way to confront growing pains is to shrug, laugh, and crank up the volume.
1. All The Small Things
Known for its infectious hooks that have permeated pop culture, the song catapulted Blink-182 from SoCal beach gigs to MTV ubiquity. A tribute to late ’90s teenage angst and budget music videos, the track jettisoned the trio into the mainstream consciousness back in ‘99, proving that you can sprinkle some cheeky humor into an onion-layered track about love and longing. Its deceptively simple lyrics, coupled with its buoyant guitar rhythms, transformed it into an anthem of its time and arguably Blink’s most recognizable song. “All The Small Things” is a true embodiment of pop-punk sound, appealing to the misfit in all of us. In the Blink-182 canon, it’s consequential, eponymous, and near-untouchable.