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Favorite early '00s punk band: Good Charlotte or Sum 41?

Everyone’s got a bit of a rebel in them. Whether it’s directly sticking it to the man or jaywalking, no one’s completely straight edge. That’s why punk bands have the following that they have, especially with high school students. Look at a band like Good Charlotte, the Californian set of five whose frantic, frenetic energy screamed satire. Or a band like Sum 41, whose self-effacing humor was just as entertaining as their self-destructive (and also just lunatic) ways. Which was your favorite? 

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Good Charlotte was formed in the late nineties but absolutely exploded into popularity as soon as the millennium hit. Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic, but the band certainly got a lot more attention with the release of their album “The Young and the Hopeless,” (which, coincidentally, turns 17 this year). Even if you weren’t a super fan, you’ve certainly bopped out to at least one of the album’s tracks, like “The Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.” 

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No? How about “Girls & Boys”? Surely you’ve heard “The Anthem”! Don’t deny it—those songs blasted on the radio right into your arteries and made you ball your hands into little fists. You were pubescent, you were misunderstood, you felt like disobeying the adults in your life in some way—Good Charlotte provided an outlet for said rage that was witty to boot.    

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Even as most of Good Charlotte’s OG fans are currently hitting their thirties, there’s a strong change they still turn on their songs and head-bang the crap out of their frustrations. To this, Good Charlotte, we salute you.

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Sum 41 is a Canadian band, which basically means you’re a total degenerate if you don’t like them. They’re well-known in the punk and emo communities as the band filled with impish souls that blew trash cans up almost as much as their sound blew speakers outs. They are, in short, legends.  

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Sum 41’s musical style is a conglomerate of sometimes metal, sometimes reggae, and sometimes a whole lot of other things. What they are consistent in, though, is their total disregard for authority. They know they’re the geeky weirdos that crash their own house parties because nobody came, but they’ll be damned if they become another casualty of society. "Hell Song," "Waiting,” “In Too Deep”—each single expresses a young person who knows they’ll stick out like a sore thumb no matter what they do. But, as Sum 41 clearly asks, who cares? 

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If you were more of a loser than a popular kid, you related to Sum 41. Hell, two decades later and you probably still relate to them. They’re the friends you can always go back to when you’re in a mood or need a boost. And those friends, my friend, are everlasting.  

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Favorite early '00s punk band: Good Charlotte or Sum 41?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamGoodCharlotte
#TeamSum41