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

16. Hello Rockview, Less Than Jake
More ska-punk! And more trombones! This is the first album where trombonist Pete Anna joined Less Than Jake, and something about that horn combined with the album's comic-book theme elevates it well past Dookie.

15. A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, Good Riddance
If you somehow missed out on Good Riddance, this fantastic album is the one to start with. The Santa Cruz, Calif. natives perfected their catchy hardcore sound on this second album, which would be worth its ranking just for their cover of the Kinks' "Come Dancing." Luckily it brings way more than that to the table,

14. The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused
This album by the Swedish hardcore band Refused has found an audience well past the band's demise, and rightfully so. Shape of Punk... is anti-establishment as shit, from the lyrical musings to the amalgam of sounds. Pick it apart and you can find hints of everything from hardcore, punk, and pop to even jazz, yet everything makes sense as a whole. Refused broke up only a few months after the album was released, but the band remains a major part of the pop-punk sphere given its postmortem influence alone.

13. Goldfinger, Goldfinger
More ska-punk and we aren't even ashamed, because Goldfinger's self-titled first album is worth every bit of its weight in trumpet and keyboard deliciousness. Go listen to "Here In Your Bedroom" if you don't believe us.

12. Everything Sucks, Descendents
The fifth album by Descendents, Everything Sucks was also the Manhattan Beach group's first album to land on the charts. We don't know why they weren't more mainstream-popular during the '80s, but when they returned with this reunion album after nine years on the lam, people caught on quick. Unfortunately, it was right in the midst of all of the Dookie furor, so Everything Sucks still got overshadowed

11. Pussy Whipped, Bikini Kill
Just go listen to "Rebel Girl." You'll understand why.

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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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