More iconic punk rock band: Green Day or Blink-182?
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More iconic punk rock band: Green Day or Blink-182?

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Grunge and alternative weren't the only rock genres that dominated the '90s, punk-rock also re-emerged as a popular music genre before the turn of the century. Green Day spearheaded mainstream punk rock with its highly successful third studio album "Dookie." But in the late '90s, Blink-182 further propelled punk rock with its mainstream LP release, "Enema of the State," and the band's top 10 pop hit "All the Small Things." So, which punk rock band had a bigger impact on the genre? 🎤🎸

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After three EPs, Green Day released its debut LP "39/Smooth" in 1990 and a follow-up album, "Kerplunk," in 1991 on an independent record label. While the previous works achieved underground success, it wasn't until the 1994 album "Dookie" that Green Day broke out into mainstream rock music world. "Dookie" is certified Diamond by Recording Industry Association of America for shipping more than 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day scored five mega alternative rock hits from the album: "Longview," "Welcome to Paradise," "Basket Case," "When I Come Around" and "She."

"Dookie" was not only a breakthrough for Green Day, but the commercial success of "Dookie" pioneered a pop-punk rock movement in the mid-'90s. Green Day garnered respect among music critics and the industry—winning the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995. The album was ranked at #193 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Green Day followed up the success of their third studio album with "Insomniac" and "Nimrod" in the '90s. Although both albums weren't as successful as "Dookie," the band remained popular. But the release of the band's punk-rock opera conceptual album "American Idiot" resulted in a resurgence of success, and it came exactly a decade after the release of "Dookie."

"American Idiot" follows Jesus of Suburbia, a young man who is torn between "love and rage." The conceptual album won Best Rock Album at the Grammys in 2005 and was even adapted into a successful Broadway musical. The LP is also ranked at #225 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, giving the band two major entries on the prestigious list.

Green Day not only pioneered the resurgence of punk rock in the '90s, but the rock legends clearly spearheaded the sub-genre's push into the mainstream. Pop punk rock wouldn't exist without Green Day, and the band is still at the forefront of the genre's influence three decades into its career.

While Green Day formed in the '80s, Blink-182 didn't release its debut LP until 1995 with "Cheshire Cat," and the timing was perfect. Green Day had already paved the way for punk rock in mainstream music. But many fans would argue it was Blink-182's popularity that helped the genre soar to new heights in the late '90s.

It wasn't until the group's third studio album "Enema of the State" that the band achieved mainstream commercial success. It's also the first album to feature Travis Barker as the drummer alongside Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus, resulting in the band's most iconic lineup. "Enema of the State" became a multi-platinum success in the U.S. and a worldwide hit. The album featured an array of crossover pop hits "What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song."

The album is regarded as #37 on Rolling Stone's "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time" list. Rolling Stone wrote:

Blink-182's third LP reimagined Green Day's Dookie as one big, undeniably catchy fart joke. This pop-punk smash stayed on the charts for 70 weeks. Dismissed as a bad joke at the time by tastemaking snobs, Blink have proven weirdly resilient as a touchstone for a generation of fans. You can hear echoes of the Descendents and Misfits, among other punk staples, within the polished tunes on their breakthrough album.

The pop appeal of the album sparked controversy among punk rock fans who argued that Blink-182 sold out. But many fans and music critics say the group's success cemented pop punk rock as a mainstream genre and expanded the sound to a whole new generation of fans in the late '90s and early '00s. Blink-182 arguably sparked an even bigger wave of successful punk rock bands in the '00s, including the resurgence of Green Day's popularity mid-decade.

Green Day scored its biggest crossover pop hits from the "American Idiot" album. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" became the band's highest charting pop hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was followed by "Wake Me Up When September Ends," which peaked at #6.

Below are some significant lyrics to Green Day's iconic smash "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," per Genius.

🎶 My shadow's the only one that walks beside me. My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating. Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me. 'Til then I walk alone.🎶

Watch the memorable music video below. 

Blink-182 really did take the punk rock genre to the next level. The band's "All the Small Things" became a mega-hit, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2000. With the hit single and the band's crossover pop appeal with "Enema of the State," punk rock grow in popularity. Punk rock was not only considered as part of mainstream alternative rock, but Blink-182 pushed the sub-genre toward popular music in general.

Below are some notable lyrics to Blink-182's ultimate pop-punk rock hit "All the Small Things," per Genius.

🎶 All the, small things. True care, truth brings. I'll take, one lift. Your ride, best trip. Always, I know. You'll be, at my show. Watching, waiting. Commiserating.🎶
🎶 Say it ain't so. I will not go. Turn the lights off. Carry me home.🎶

Check out the iconic music video below, which parodies teen pop music. 

#TeamGreenDay because the legendary rock band paved the way for punk rock's place in mainstream music in the '90s. 

Hence, many fans poll that Green Day has a bigger influence on the punk rock.

#TeamBlink182 because the iconic punk rock trio helped push the genre to new heights and popularity.

Hence, Blink-182's fans aren't playing around when they say the band is much more iconic and influential. 

Listen to all of the greatest hits from Green Day below via Spotify. 

Listen to all of the essentials of Blink-182 below via Spotify. 

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