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8 min readSep 26, 2023

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Pop punk has witnessed a thrilling revival in recent years, thanks to artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Machine Gun Kelly, and Willow Smith, who have spearheaded its triumphant return to the mainstream. Beloved acts such as Avril Lavigne, Paramore, and Fall Out Boy have also enjoyed a resurgence in their popularity, and the iconic My Chemical Romance made an unforgettable comeback after nearly a decade in the shadows.

The return of blink-182 to the music scene couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. As trailblazers in the pop punk genre, their impact on countless bands has been immeasurable. With classics like All the Small Things, What’s My Age Again?, and I Miss You, blink-182 has solidified their status as one of the most cherished and impactful pop punk bands in history. As aptly put by The New York Times, “No punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than blink-182.”

Last year witnessed the reunion of blink-182’s original lineup, including Tom DeLonge, who had parted ways with the band in 2015. This reunion…

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