UPDATED: 20 '90s Pop-Punk Albums Better Than Green Day's Dookie

UPDATE (Thursday, 11:15 a.m.): Corrects the pogo-worthy track on NOFX's Punk In Drublic to "Reeko." "Bob" is on 1992's White Trash, 2 Heebs and a Bean. Our bad.

Brace yourselves, kids. Green Day's Dookie turned 20 last month, and that means we've all got a case of the olds. Grab your walkers and follow us down memory lane.

Green Day's first major-label release, Dookie was a monster of an album that launched the band into the center of '90s pop culture and into the lives of kids in every corner of suburbia. More than 16 million copies have been sold to date, and it charted in seven different countries. Thanks to Dookie's success, most middle-school kids in the '90s were singing along about the harrows of meth and masturbation. Their fanbase's devotion to that album -- and to singer Billie Joe Armstrong's pseudo-punk stylings -- helped to solidify Green Day as one of the major players in the mainstreaming of punk rock, certainly great news for Armstrong and his bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.

But it wasn't so great to our ears. Sure, Dookie was astoundingly successful, commercially, but its popularity never really made much sense to us. In fact, we don't like Dookie, not even sort of.

What we do like, though, are plenty of good pop-punk albums from that era, so we've listed them below. So happy anniversary, Dookie. Here are 20 pop-punk albums that should have kicked your ass way back when.

20. Life On a Plate, Millencolin
This album was released about a year after Dookie hit the shelves, but was never even close to becoming as commercially successful as its predecessor. However, the Swedish punk band had some pretty decent success in their homeland -- where it was certified gold -- and Epitaph re-released it in the United States a year later. Life On a Plate is is full of creative, super-catchy pop-ska, and we think it deserves a little skatepunk street cred.

19. Do Or Die, Dropkick Murphys
Do Or Die was the first album released by Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys, and is still a raspy bit of awesomeness. There's nothing like bagpipes to give an album a little legitimacy, and luckily Do Or Die has plenty. Also, remember "Finnegan's Wake?" In just that one song, Dropkick should have kicked Green Day's album down a few notches to where it belonged.

18. Battle Hymns, The Suicide Machines
If you don't know The Suicide Machines, you've missed out, my friend. The Detroit natives were a bit pop, a bit punk, and a bit ska on their debut album, but went in a bit more of a hardcore direction on this followup. It's fast as hell, aggressive to its core and, best of all, it's straight up better than Dookie.

17. My Brain Hurts, Screeching Weasel
The third studio album from Screeching Weasel, My Brain Hurts is the first in which the band took a more pop-punk direction. They shed a bit of the aggro stuff, toned it down, and the album went totally nuts. This album's popularity is a bit unusual considering how widely accepted it was by punk fanatics and outsiders alike, but perhaps that's because it's badass.

List continues on the next page.



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None of these albums are better than Dookie. 


Seeing as this is a "pop-punk" list, that hardcore album by that Swedish hardcore band should be replaced with the Dwarves' "Are Young and Good Looking" and then the rest of the list should be deleted entirely.


This is just a list of other pop punk albums of the 90's...

Heard most of them, some are good (goldfinger, rancid, screeching weasel), but none are groundbreaking. None are better than Dookie, either. 

Chances are the author of this post appreciates Dookie more than she lets on...3/4 of this list have close ties to Green Day.


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Thanks, on the tip-side, Ms. Leicht. There are so many of these I planned on adding to my iTunes list but so many more I forgot about. Yeah, old folks. This is too good to keep, I know what I'll be tweeting/facebooking when I'm off Uncle Sugar's dime. 


You said "we don't like Dookie, not even sort of." Who is this we? The other writers at the press?

I didn't see much of an argument as as to why you (plural) don't like. It's a bit narrow minded to dismiss an entire album because it doesn't fit your definition of punk. A lot of things don't agree with what other people want to label it.

Also, Bob wasn't on Punk in Drublic. It was on White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean. Poser.


@LoriMeyers I (or "we," I suppose) actually called them all punk-pop, not punk. And you're right. Wrong album on "Bob." We'll agree to disagree on the other stuff. ;)

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