We plunder Blink 182’s greatest tracks to remember all the small things that made us love them in the first place.
10 ‘Feeling This’
Pinballing guitars, globetrotting rhythms and multi-layered vocals make this 2003 single as anarchic as the high-school revolution in its video.
9 ‘After Midnight’
Underpinned by a classic Travis Barker beat, this ‘Neighbourhoods’ single follows two damaged lovers on a doomed mission to heal each other’s wounds.
8 ‘I Miss You’
For the world at large, ‘I Miss You’ was an early glimpse at the Blink boys’ intimate side, weaving together an orchestral blanket of cello and piano to smother your heartbreak blues.
Speckled with starry synths and hyperspeed hi-hats, ‘Always’ captures those last moments in a dying romance when you can convince yourself change is still possible.
6 ‘The Anthem pt 2’
Recently employed in Boyhood to soundtrack Mason’s first glimpse of a porn mag, this ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ tune is a rallying cry to disenchanted teens that swipes at the cruel institutions of adulthood and politics.
5 ‘First Date’
Based on Tom Delonge’s first date with high-school sweetheart Jennifer Jenkins, 2001 single ‘First Date’ is an intriguing insight into how awkward and nerve-racking it is to engage with women when your social speciality is dreaming up cock gags.
4 ‘Adam’s Song’
Pop punk gets its share of stick for riffing on life’s greasier pleasures, so it helps that songs like Adam’s song, which beams us into a suicidal teenager’s headspace and shows solidarity with sufferers of depression, are there to put an arm round your shoulder when the gags wear thin.
3 ‘What’s My Age Again?’
Speaking of which: is there a more quintessential portrait of Blink in all their boyish glory than signature track ‘What’s My Age Again?’? Say what you like about the spiky-haired hell-raisers, but few tracks capture our epidemic of extended adolescence better than this.
2 ‘The Rock Show’
Created when Mark Hoppus tried to write an embarrassingly brainless punk song, ‘The Rock Show’ doesn’t sound all that different from the band’s other stuff, but it does tap into the exuberant energy of those boozy nights out when love and rock music feel like natural born bedfellows.
1 ‘All the Small Things’
Released on the eve of pop-punk’s imperial phase (Sum 41’s ‘All Killer, No Filler’ came hot on its heels), ‘All the Small Things’ gleefully revolutionised a genre once confined to BO-heavy bedrooms, and remains a portal to warts-and-all adolescence for a resiliently youthful generation.