41 Pop-Punk Albums All 2000s Kids Loved

Originally posted on BuzzFeed

1. Blink-182 – Enema of the State (1999)

Blink-182 – Enema of the State (1999)

MCA

Though released a year before the 00s got officially underway, this album had arguably the biggest impact on pop-punk for the decade to come. It inspired a generations of poop joke-obsessed middle schoolers to buy their first guitar, learn how to play “All the Small Things,” and invent their own versions of guitarist’s Tom DeLonge’s trademark warble.

Choice Track: “What’s My Age Again”

2. Fenix TX – Fenix TX (1999)

Fenix TX – Fenix TX (1999)

Drive-Thru/MCA

Fenix TX got their break into the mainstream by getting their single “All My Fault” prominently featured on the soundtrack for the MTV movie Jailbreak. It probably helped that their biggest fan, Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, went so far as to appear in the music video for the single to ensure the band got every ounce of his ringing endorsement. (Hoppus even managed them for a short time.)

Choice Track: “All My Fault”

3. Saves the Day – Through Being Cool (1999)

Saves the Day – Through Being Cool (1999)

Equal Vision

Heavily influenced by fellow New Jersey band Lifetime, Saves the Day released an instant pop-punk classic at the end of 1999. 16 years later, Through Being Coolstands the test of time.

Choice Track: “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots”

4. New Found Glory – New Found Glory (2000)

New Found Glory – New Found Glory (2000)

Drive-Thru

Self-proclaimed “easy-core” band New Found glory burst onto the pop-punk scene in a big way with their self-titled second full-length. The huge success of this album combined with Fenix TX’s momentum propelled the bands’ label, Drive-Thru Records, to the top of the pop-punk ladder for the better part of the 2000s. It also won NFG an opening spot on Blink-182’s massive 2001 tour supporting Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

Choice Track: “Hit or Miss.”

5. MxPx – The Ever Passing Moment (2000)

MxPx – The Ever Passing Moment (2000)

A&M

The biggest commercial breakthrough for Washington-based pop-punk trio MxPx,The Ever Passing Moment showcased the band’s most radio-friendly songs to date. The album also featured production from Jerry Finn, who had previously produced or mixed albums from Blink-182, Green Day, and a host of other huge pop-punk bands.

Choice Track: “Responsibility”

6. SR-71 – Now You See Inside (2000)

SR-71 – Now You See Inside (2000)

RCA

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, SR-71 blew up when this album’s lead single “Right Now” was featured in the Dude, Where’s My Car? trailer. It’s weird to that that both that movie and this song are 15 years old.

Choice Track: “Right Now”

7. Sum 41 – All Killer, No Filler (2001)

Sum 41 – All Killer, No Filler (2001)

Island

It was a little metal, a little hip-hop, but undeniably held together by trademark pop-punk snottiness. All Killer, No Filler launched Canadian band Sum 41 into heavy rotation on MTV, and the suddenly every knew the rap part to “Fat Lip” by heart.

Choice Track: “In Too Deep”

8. Rufio – Perhaps, I Suppose… (2001)

Rufio – Perhaps, I Suppose... (2001)

The Militia Group

Naming themselves after the hands-down best character in Hook, Rufio had a lot to live up to. On their 2001 debut, they did more than that, introducing a generation of pop-punk fans to Rufio’s trademark brand of what became known as “speed emo.”

Choice Track: “Still”

9. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary (2001)

Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary (2001)

Vagrant

From Here to Infirmary was Alkaline Trio’s most poppy, mainstream album released at this point in their career. While it rubbed some longtime fans the wrong way, it introduced a generation of new fans to Alkaline Trio and singer-songwriter Matt Skiba’s knack for writing big, memorable hooks.

Choice Track: “Armageddon”

10. American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi (2001)

American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi (2001)

Island

American Hi-Fi showed up during a period of time when every teen sex comedy required its soundtrack to be comprised of 70% pop-punk. It’s for this reason that almost every song from this album sounds strangely familiar.

Choice Track: “Flavor of the Weak”

11. Sugarcult – “Start Static” (2001)

Sugarcult – "Start Static" (2001)

Rumbo Records

Despite the fact that it’s like single “Bouncing Off the Walls” was basically just about doing a ton of cocaine, Start Static got a ton of radio play. Four of the songs on the album also appeared in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, because of course they did.

Choice Track: “Stuck in America”

12. Mest – Destination Unknown (2001)

Mest – Destination Unknown (2001)

Maverick

First off, what is up with this band’s hair? Second, though the hip-hop styling of “Cadillac” seem pretty out of place, remember that Young MC helped produce this album. Super weird, right?

Choice Track: “Drawing Board”

13. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

Triple Crown

Before integrating emo, prog, metal, and alt-rock into their later releases, Brand New was just a pop-punk band from Long Island. And even though they stopped doing it after Your Favorite Weapon, their full-length debut, the dudes could write a mean pop-punk song.

Choice Track: “Logan to Government Center”

14. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

DreamWorks

Emo stalwarts Jimmy Eat World took a leap into the mainstream with this 2001 release. With tracks like “The Middle,” it’s no surprise that the mainstream pop-punk world welcomed them with open arms.

Choice Track: “Sweetness”

15. Simple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls(2001)

Simple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls (2001)

Lava/Atlantic

Simple Plan’s blend of catchy hooks and potty humor shot them near the top of the pop-punk game with their debut album, which included the word “balls” in it. They were yet another band who got the all-important Blink-182 seal of approval when Mark Hoppus sang two lines in their first single, “I’d Do Anything.”

Choice Track: “Addicted”

16. Good Charlotte – The Young and the Hopeless(2002)

Good Charlotte – The Young and the Hopeless (2002)

Epic/Daylight

Kids these days would probably not believe you if you told them that for a few years, Good Charlotte was one of the biggest bands in the world somehow. They would definitely not believe you if you told them that high school kids used to write “SELF MADE” on their knuckles in tribute to this band. What a weird time it was.

Choice Track: “The Anthem”

17. Millencolin – Home From Home (2002)

Millencolin – Home From Home (2002)

Epitaph

I didn’t want to put a bunch of Epitaph bands on this list, because it causes a long and boring debate over where the divide is between pop-punk and straight punk. No one wants that conversation. In any case, Millencolin’s Home From Home has some great pop-punk songs on it.

Choice Track: “Fingers Crossed”

18. The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It (2002)

The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It (2002)

Drive-Thru

So pop it barely even qualifies as pop-punk, The Starting Line’s debut LP was chock-full of breakup anthems and songs about unrequited love. It was totally appropriate then that the music video for “Best of Me” paid homage to the Peter Gabriel part from Say Anything.

Choice Track: “Leaving”

19. Allister – Last Stop Suburbia (2002)

Allister – Last Stop Suburbia (2002)

Drive-Thru

Another all-star on Drive-Thru Records’ once peerless lineup, Allister accurately captured the joy and frustrations of being a teenager on their second album. Last Stop Suburbia could be simultaneously world-weary (“Overrated”) and nostalgic (“Somewhere On Fullerton”) at the same time.

Choice Track: “Stuck”

20. Motion City Soundtrack – I Am the Movie (2002)

Motion City Soundtrack – I Am the Movie (2002)

Epitaph

Motion City taught a generation that a Moog synthesizer, when played just so, could be the perfect pop-punk instrument. MCS would later achieve even bigger success with their 2005 follow-up Commit This to Memory.

Choice Track: “My Favorite Accident”

21. Midtown – Living Well is the Best Revenge (2002)

Midtown – Living Well is the Best Revenge (2002)

Drive-Thru

Before singer Gabe Saporta became much better known for his project Cobra Starship, he fronted a pretty great pop-punk band. Living Well is the Best Revengewas Midtown’s peak, before a really intense falling out with Drive-Thru made the internet all like :-O.

Choice Track: “A Faulty Foundation”

22. Home Grown – Kings of Pop (2002)

Home Grown – Kings of Pop (2002)

Drive-Thru

It seemed like Drive-Thru couldn’t miss in 2002. Even Home Grown, a band that had been around since 1994 with middling success, got a relatively huge fan response to their third album, Kings of Pop. Those were the days…

Choice Track: “Give it Up”

23. The All-American Rejects – The All-American Rejects (2002)

The All-American Rejects – The All-American Rejects (2002)

Doghouse

Propelled by debut single “Swing, Swing,” The All-American Rejects quickly found themselves on MTV, playing Warped Tour and getting their songs prominently featured on The O.C.. They call that the Pop-Punk Trifecta.

Choice Song: Swing, Swing

24. Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window (2002)

Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window (2002)

Drive-Thru/MCA

2002 was one hell of a year for Drive-Thru. Something Corporate’s debut album was an instant classic, launching the band into the Warped Tour stratosphere and beyond. It also featured the beloved anti-bully anthem “If You C Jordan,” which solidified their high school fan base.

Choice Track: “Hurricane”

25. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue (2003)

Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue (2003)

Capitol

Is there anything more pop-punk than adding an electric violin to your band? Ocean Avenue spawned some massive hits for Yellowcard including the ballad “Only One,” which invaded school dances around the country for a while.

Choice Track: “Ocean Avenue”

26. The Ataris – “So Long, Astoria” (2003)

The Ataris – "So Long, Astoria" (2003)

Columbia

Though they had been around since the mid-90s, The Ataris didn’t have their breakthrough into the mainstream until their 2003 major label release. Even more weird: The album’s biggest single was a cover of Don Henley’s 1984 single “Boys of Summer.”

Choice Track: “In This Diary”

27. Coheed and Cambria: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)

Coheed and Cambria: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)

Columbia/Equal Vision

Coheed’s third LP was also the third installment of The Armory Wars, a nerdy, complicated science-fiction story that the band’s music is apparently about. But you didn’t need to know anything about that to know that “A Favor House Atlantic” and “Blood Red Summer” were near-perfect pop jams.

Choice Track: “A Favor House Atlantic”

28. AFI – Sing the Sorrow (2003)

AFI – Sing the Sorrow (2003)

DreamWorks

After spending more than a decade as a straight-up punk band, AFI released a pop album for their first major label debut. As you might expect, this pissed a bunch of longtime fans off, that’s the price you pay for frequent MTV exposure and a ton of new fans.

Choice Track: “The Leaving Song Pt. II”

29. Less Than Jake – Anthem (2003)

Less Than Jake – Anthem (2003)

Sire

Ska punks Less Than Jake released a ridiculous catchy and sweet pop-punk album in 2003 with Anthem. On top of featuring a music video starring Alexis Bledel for “She’s Going to Break Soon,” the band reworked their older track “Look What Happened” to make it shorter and more explosive.

Choice Track “Look What Happened”

30. The Movielife – Forty Hour Train Back to Penn(2003)

The Movielife – Forty Hour Train Back to Penn (2003)

Drive-Thru

Before this album, The Movielife stylistically fit the pop-punk moniker easily. For this release, they added a tinge of hardcore to create a one of the angrier sounding records of this era.

Choice Track: “Face or Kneecaps”

31. Say Anything – …is a Real Boy (2004)

Say Anything – ...is a Real Boy (2004)

Doghouse

No band had lyrics catchier, more instantly memorable, or more anthemic than Say Anything did on this album. Who else could make a song about escaping the Holocaust sound so sexy?

Choice Track: “Alive With the Glory of Love”

32. Head Automatica – Decadence (2004)

Head Automatica – Decadence (2004)

Warner Bros.

It was a legitimate shock when Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo launched Head Automatic, a dance-punk band that sounded nothing like his old project. While hardcore purists never forgave him, Head Automatica stood on its own, launching Palumbo into pop stardom for a short period.

Choice Track: “Beating Heart Baby”

33. Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

Reprise

After Green Day’s lackluster (*cough* boring *cough*) 2000 album Warning, it seemed as though the once proud kings of pop-punk were doomed to slowly fade into obscurity. Then American Idiot came out of nowhere and vaulted them back on top of the game.

Choice Track: “Holiday”

34. My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)

My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)

Reprise

Along with AFI, My Chemical Romance is credited with bringing a goth, Hot Topic-tinged aesthetic into the pop-punk realm of the mid-2000s. Unforgivable.

Choice Track: “Helena”

35. Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree (2005)

Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree (2005)

Island

The follow-up to their respected and fairly popular 2003 debut Take This to Your Grave, From Under The Cork Tree unexpectedly pushed Fall Out Boy to the forefront of pop-punk and, surprisingly, pop-rock as a whole. 10 years later, they’re one of the only bands on this list still able to dominate the charts.

Choice Track: “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”

36. Panic! at the Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)

Panic! at the Disco – A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005)

Fueled by Ramen

As Blink-182 did before them, Fall Out Boy began strongly endorsing likeminded bands once they began their reign atop the pop-punk throne. Panic! at the Disco was the first, and in the wake of the decline of Drive-Thru Records, label Fueled By Ramen became THE place for pop-punk bands during the second half of the 2000s.

Choice Track: “Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”

37. The Academy Is… – Almost Here (2005)

The Academy Is... – Almost Here (2005)

Fueled By Ramen

Another FBR band, Almost Here helped usher in a new era of pop-punk less focused on whiny, nasally vocals and more concerned with traditional musical chops. Frontman William Beckett could sing with the best of them.

Choice Track: “Slow Down”

38. Cartel – Chroma (2005)

Cartel – Chroma (2005)

The Militia Group

You know what’s weird? Cartel just went on a 10 year anniversary tour for this record. If that doesn’t remind you of your looming mortality, what will?

Choice Track: “Honestly”

39. Hellogoodbye – Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006)

Hellogoodbye – Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006)

Drive-Thru

One of Drive-Thru’s last releases, Hellogoodbye’s debut LP cracked the top 15 on the Billboard album charts and catapulted the band into major headlining tours.

Choice Track: “All of Your Love”

40. Hit the Lights – This is a Stick Up… Don’t Make it a Murder (2006)

Hit the Lights – This is a Stick Up... Don't Make it a Murder (2006)

Triple Crown

Basically every song on this album could have been its lead single. Every track on Hit the Lights’ first full-length is a lesson in how to make polished, shiny pop.

Choice Track: “The Call Out (You Are the Dishes)”

41. Paramore – Riot! (2007)

Paramore – Riot! (2007)

Fueled by Ramen

One of the last bands spawned from the 2000s pop-punk bubble, Paramore’s Riot!made them and singer Hayley Williams household names. Obviously, Paramore is one of the few bands on this list still going very strong (if not stronger) today.

Choice Track: “Misery Business”

Enjoy joy this pop-punk playlist while the cold hands of nostalgia choke you unmercifully.
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Billboard’s 2015 Power 100 List Revealed

The execs who rule music now? Just follow the money, where new No. 1 Lucian Grainge keeps grabbing market share (while upending every business model), 31 first-timers break into the list and innovation — not fear — is now the force propelling these players forward.

 

 Lucian Grainge: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Michael Rapino: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Lucian Grainge Michael Rapino
 Irving Azoff: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Martin Bandier: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Jimmy Iovine: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Coran Capshaw: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Irving Azoff Martin Bandier Jimmy Iovine Coran Capshaw
 Doug Morris: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Bob Pittman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Rob Light: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Doug Morris Bob Pittman Rob Light Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk
 Len Blavatnik: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Michele Anthony & Boyd Muir: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Marc Geiger: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Stephen Cooper: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Len Blavatnik Michele Anthony & Boyd Muir Marc Geiger Stephen Cooper
 Avery Lipman & Monte Lipman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Steve Barnett: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Rob Stringer: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Guy Oseary: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Avery & Monte Lipman Steve Barnett Rob Stringer Guy Oseary
 Jay Marciano: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Daniel Ek: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Jennifer Breithaupt: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Jay Marciano Daniel Ek Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman Jennifer Breithaupt
 Scott Borchetta: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  John Janick: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Michael Mahan & Allen Shapiro: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Arthur Fogel: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Scott Borchetta John Janick Michael Mahan & Allen Shapiro Arthur Fogel
 Cameron Strang: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Jody Gerson: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Tom Poleman & John Sykes: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Jay Brown: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
No. 27 No. 28 No. 29 No. 30
Cameron Strang Jody Gerson Tom Poleman & John Sykes Jay Brown
 Tom Corson & Peter Edge: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Joel Katz: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Mike Dungan: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Dan Mason: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Tom Corson & Peter Edge Joel Katz Mike Dungan Dan Mason
 John Dickey & Lewis Dickey Jr.: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Chip Hooper: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Brian O'Connell: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Charles Attal, Charlie Jones & Charlie Walker: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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John Dickey & Lewis Dickey Jr. Chip Hooper Brian O’Connell Charles Attal, Charlie Jones & Charlie Walker
 Richard Griffiths & Harry Magee: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Brian McAndrews & Tim Westergren: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Scooter Braun: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Hartwig Masuch: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Richard Griffiths & Harry Magee Brian McAndrews & Tim Westergren Scooter Braun Hartwig Masuch
 Robert Kyncl & Christophe Muller: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Russell Wallach: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  John Branca: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Jon Platt: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Robert Kyncl & Christophe Muller Russell Wallach John Branca Jon Platt
 Paul Tollett: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Dennis Arfa: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Allen Grubman & Kenny Meiselas: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Frank Cooper: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Paul Tollett Dennis Arfa Allen Grubman & Kenny Meiselas Frank Cooper
 Steve Bartels: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Natalia Nastaskin & Gavin O'Reilly: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  David Massey: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Kevin Kelleher, Dennis Kooker & Julie Swidler: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Steve Bartels Natalia Nastaskin & Gavin O’Reilly David Massey Kevin Kelleher, Dennis Kooker & Julie Swidler
 Mark Campana & Bob Roux: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Ken Ehrlich, Neil Portnow & Jack Sussman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Rich Riley: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Cliff Burnstein & Peter Mensch: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Mark Campana & Bob Roux Ken Ehrlich, Neil Portnow & Jack Sussman Rich Riley Cliff Burnstein & Peter Mensch
 Pasquale Rotella: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Scott Greenstein: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Antonio 'L.A.' Reid & Sylvia Rhone: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Anne Stanchfield: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Pasquale Rotella Scott Greenstein L.A. Reid & Sylvia Rhone Anne Stanchfield
 Martin Mills: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Ken Bunt: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Rich Lehrfeld: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  John Esposito: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Martin Mills Ken Bunt Rich Lehrfeld John Esposito
 Lia Vollack: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Tifanie Van Laar-Frever: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Raja Rajamannar: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Robert F.X. Sillerman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
No. 67 No. 68 No. 69 No. 70
Lia Vollack Tifanie Van Laar-Frever Raja Rajamannar Robert F.X. Sillerman
 Jesus Lopez: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Willard Ahdritz: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Brandon Creed: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Louis Messina: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Jesus Lopez Willard Ahdritz Brandon Creed Louis Messina
 Troy Carter: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Clarence Spalding: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Monica Escobedo & Julie Gurovitsch: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Chris Oliviero: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
No. 75 No. 76 No. 77 No. 78
Troy Carter Clarence Spalding Monica Escobedo & Julie Gurovitsch Chris Oliviero
 Bradford Cobb: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Joe Belliotti & Emmanuel Seuge: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Afo Verde: The 2015 Billboard Power 100  Rob Wiesenthal: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Bradford Cobb Joe Belliotti & Emmanuel Seuge Afo Verde Rob Wiesenthal
Johnny Wright: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Stephen Hill & Debra Lee: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Lorne Michaels: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Steve Boom: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Johnny Wright Stephen Hill & Debra Lee Lorne Michaels Steve Boom
Daniel Glass: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Raul Alarcon Jr.: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Sarah Moll: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Bryan 'Baby' Williams & Ronald 'Slim' Williams: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Daniel Glass Raul Alarcon Jr. Sarah Moll Bryan “Baby” Williams & Ronald “Slim” Williams
Charlie Walk: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Danny Strick: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Clint Higham: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Jared Smith: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Charlie Walk Danny Strick Clint Higham Jared Smith
Joel Klaiman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Steve Berman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Jose Valle: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Tom Windish: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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Joel Klaiman Steve Berman Jose Valle Tom Windish
 Michelle Jubelirer & Greg Thompson: The 2015 Billboard Power 100 Peter Shapiro: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
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10 Times Taylor Swift Slayed A Cover Song

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Taylor Swift is known for being an amazing songwriter and singer But her covers of other people’s music are also fantastic.

10. “Dancing in the Dark/ Livin’ on A Prayer,” Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi

She only does a small portion of each song, but they are amazing.

9. “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes

Taylor infuses this song with an innocence the original is lacking. Beautiful and heartfelt.

8. “Cowboy Take Me Away,” Dixie Chicks

Martie Maguire, one of the original members of the Dixie Chicks, was in the audience at this show, making this performance even more special.

7. “White Blank Page,” Mumford and Sons

True, she didn’t so this one on her own, and had her backing band help her out, but this cover is pretty awesome.

6. “Untouchable,” by Luna Halo

This song was covered for the Platinum addition of her album Fearless, and she makes some artistic risks with this cover, turning a rock song into a ballad. And it’s wonderfully flawless.

5. “Riptide,” Vance Joy

Seeing as she’s taking Vance Joy on the road with her for the 1989 tour, Taylor’s cover of his smash “Riptide” makes sense musically and in terms of getting her headliner a bit more attention. Plus, it’s just her and a piano for most of it, and it rocks.

4. “This Love,” Maroon 5

Once again turning a rock song into a sad ballad, Taylor manages to infuse more despair and meaning into this cover than the original.

3. “Run,” George Strait
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Taylor opened for George on tour, so she got to watch him perform many times. Still, this cover feels relevant and interesting, as well as being one of her best live vocal performances of all time.

2. “Nashville,” David Mead

Not a famous song, Taylor chose this song because she liked it — and she took a risk by covering the entire song to an audience that wouldn’t be able to sing a long. But her voice carries this song, making it emotional, sincere, and heartfelt. And her vocals are killer as well.

1. “Drops of Jupiter,” Train

Her best cover by far. Her vocal are flawless, and it’s such a great song that many years later, the audience still knows all the words. But Taylor was able to make it fun, sweet, and sad all at the same time, with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “YAS, BITCH YAS!”

17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014

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1. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, “Flawless (Remix)”

Beyoncé’s feminist call to arms is even fiercer with a feature from Nicki Minaj. The two women take turns explaining all the ways they stay flawless in the face of constant gossip and hate. You can say what you want, Nicki and Bey know they’re the shit and they want everyone feel the same.

Girl-power lyric: “And you can say what you want / I’m the shit (what you want I’m the shit) / I’m the shit, I’m the shit, I’m the shit / I want everyone to feel like this.”

2. Maddie And Tae, “Girl In A Country Song”

Big Machine Records

Maddie and Tae’s hit single “Girl In A Country Song” takes aim at bro country’s chauvinistic attitudes by giving a voice to faceless fantasy girls. The girls know they’re good for more than just looking good. It’s time the bros did too.

Girl-power lyric: “Well I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet / And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted-on cutoff jeans / I hate the way this bikini top chafes.”

3. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Tired of defending her music against misogynistic attacks, Taylor Swift changed tactics. Instead of calmly explaining for the thousandth time that plenty of men write about their life without being labeled crazy or fake, she wrote a song from the point-of-view of “Taylor Swift,” psycho ex-girlfriend. “Blank Space” embodies sexist tropes to expose them.

Girl-power lyric: “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane / But I’ve got a blank space, baby / And I’ll write your name.”

4. Mary J. Blige, “Doubt”

Capitol Records

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige obliterates the myth of “having it all” on the somber, reflective “Doubt.” The singer looks back on her illustrious career, acknowledging the sacrifices she’s had to make and the doubts she’s had along the way. It’s rare to hear a woman talk about ambition this way — as both fraught and rewarding — but that’s what separates an artist from an icon.

Girl-power lyric: “Now you’re looking at a leader / Now you’re staring at a queen / You said I’ll never be someone / But now I’m pulling all the strings.”

5. Colbie Caillat, “Try”

When, as a girl, you’re bombarded with messages all day, every day about how you can be prettier, skinnier, sexier, it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to engage. That you can be enough. Enter Colbie Caillat’s “Try.” The singer-songwriter takes four minutes to remind girls there is another option: You can just exist. You don’t have to try. You can if you want but you don’t have to.

Girl-power lyric: “You don’t have to try so hard / You don’t have to bend until you break / You just have to get up / You don’t have to change a single thing.”

6. Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace condenses a lifetime of struggle to a few shatteringly specific moments on the aggressive (and aggressively brilliant) “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.” The song addresses Laura’s very public coming out, with the singer confronting both the bigots who refuse to see her as a woman and her own insecurities. It’s the very definition of punk rock.

Girl-power lyric: “You want them to notice / The ragged ends of your summer dress / You want them to see you / Like they see every other girl.”

7. Tacocat, “Crimson Wave”

Menstruating sucks but this song doesn’t. A silly bit of ’60s-inspired surf rock, Tacocat’s “Crimson Wave” skewers dumb euphemisms (“there are communists in the summer house”) and offers listeners some good advice (“Listen to the Cramps on my stereo, turn it up as loud as it will go”). It’s a pro-period pop song you’ll want to listen to all month long.

Girl-power lyrics: “Call my girls see if they wanna go / take their minds off dumb Aunt Flow.”

8. Janelle Monáe, “Electric Lady”

Bad Boy Records

Bad Boy Records

Almost a year after releasing The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae surprised everyone by releasing the title track as a single. She celebrates female empowerment over horns and hand claps, exclaiming, “We the kind of girls who ain’t afraid to get down / Electric ladies go on and scream out loud.” Her joy is as infectious as her hooks.

Girl-power lyric: “We the kind of girls who ain’t afraid to get down / Electric ladies go on and scream out loud.”

9. Mary Lambert, “Secrets”

Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert cuts through the clichés and gets to the hard truth of self-acceptance: It’s messy business! Letting go of the shame and guilt that society heaps on women who don’t confirm to the very narrow skinny-straight-sane ideal isn’t easy. But, as Mary’s confessions make clear, there’s power in publicly embracing everything that makes you different.

Girl-power lyric: “I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it.”

10. Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, “Get On Your Knees”

Cash Money Records

There’s a lot to love about this ode to sexual agency from pop superstars Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande — Ariana’s dismissal of Nice Guys in the chorus, Nicki’s explanation of her fondness for fancy lingerie (“Got a bow on my panties, because my ass is a present”), the way the beat goes from murky to sweet and back again — but, mostly, it’s refreshing to hear two women reject objectification and assert their status as sexual subjects.

Girl-power lyric: “I want you on all fours / And before I let you walk, you gotta show me how you crawl / If you want it all.”

11. Elliphant and MØ, “One More”

It’s a shame platonic love has long taken a backseat to romantic entanglements in pop songs because Elliphant’s exploration of female co-dependency is both incredibly moving and catchy as hell.

Girl-power lyric: “Let’s do what we / Always used to do / Stupid around like two fools.”

12. Charli XCX, “Body Of My Own”

Asylum Records

Asylum Records

Charli XCX’s “Body Of My Own” is the rare masturbation anthem that treats self-pleasure as something other than an amusing diversion. The pop-punk prom queen is not just into herself between boyfriends, she actually prefers her own touch to that of a man’s. Go Charli, get yours — literally.

Girl-power lyric: “I’m into myself, don’t need you / ‘Cause I can make it feel just like I’m hanging on / Yeah, I can do it better when I’m all alone.”

13. Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

“All About That Bass” isn’t perfect but the quibbles about Meghan Trainor’s “skinny bitches” put-down and emphasis on the tastes of men miss something important: This year a song that celebrates curves and body diversity spent eight consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That’s a win for women of all sizes.

Girl-power lyric: “I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop / We know that shit ain’t real / C’mon now, make it stop.”

14. Fifth Harmony, “BO$$”

Like “Independent Women, Pt. I” before it, there will be a generation of women who point to “BO$$” as the moment they became feminists. With the ladies of Fifth Harmony espousing the virtues of financial independence and strong female role models, this song is basically Girl Power 101.

Girl-power lyric: “Working for the money ‘cause that’s what my mama taught me / So your ass better show me some respect.”

15. Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat”

Written from the perspective of fictional teenage badass Katniss Everdeen by actual teenage badass Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat” is like feminist inception. The synth-heavy ode to survival follows Lorde-as-Katniss as she declares war on all the people who have tried to abuse and intimidate her.

Girl-power lyric: “But I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison / And I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me / I’m done with it.”

16. Miranda Lambert, “Bathroom Sink”

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment

While it’d be nice to always wake up looking and feeling ***flawless, the reality is a lot of women struggle with their appearance. And then struggle with the idea of struggling with their looks. It’s a shame cycle that country superstar Miranda Lambert captures perfectly on this twangy rock ballad.

Girl-power lyric: “But regret has got a way of starin’ me right in the face / So I try not to waste too much time / At the bathroom sink.”

17. Little Mix, “Salute”

The patriarchy got you down? Get your killer heels, sneakers, or pumps, or lace up your boots, because this military-inspired banger from British pop quartet Little Mix will inspire you to keep fighting the good fight.

Girl-power lyric: “You think we’re just pretty things / You couldn’t be more wrong / We’re standing strong, we carry on.”

Hottest 21 Stars Under 21 list

Billboard: 21 Under 21

Billboard just dropped their annual Hottest 21 Stars Under 21 list and Lorde sits strongly at No. 1!

Every year, the magazine ranks music’s most powerful youngsters who have already accomplished a great deal, but are likely to continue finding success as they age.

Check out the list below and tell us what you think!

1. Lorde
2. 5 Seconds of Summer
3. Justin Bieber
4. Martin Garrix
5. Fifth Harmony
6. Austin Mahone
7. Earl Sweatshirt
8. Shawn Mendes
9. Becky G.
10. Chief Keef
11. Luis Coronel
12. Meghan Trainor
13. Cody Simpson
14. Madeon
15. Bobby Shmurda
16. Scotty McCreery
17. Troye Sivan
18. Rae Sremmurd
19. Akdong Musician
20. The Vamps
21. Unlocking the Truth