For me, that's an easy question to answer. I love the pop/punk merge that happened in the 90s. Elements of the rebellious non-conformity that drove the original punk movement in the 70s, but with the much more polished, palatable sound of mainstream pop. I didn't realise until I considered this question that I can relate to that quite closely. For years, my unacknowledged desire has been to fit in, but on my own terms. To be loved, but as a shining minority, not a dull vanilla conformer. The overarching attitude of bands such as Green Day, Blink 182, The Offspring and NOFX was essentially a big "fuck you" to anyone who tried to disagree with what they stood for. In particular I can name examples from Green Day, who are my favourite of the lot. When they released their first couple of albums, they were underground hits, released on no-name labels, that had a niche following among the kids of that scene. In '94, they were approached by a major label who wanted to take them mainstream, to which they said "Yeah alright." Their original fans felt betrayed at the treacherous idea that they would want to fit in with the mainstream, but like I said, the general attitude with thes bands is "If you don't like it, fuck off." The album they released that year was listed at #194 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of all time.
It happened again late in the 90s when they released what I once read described as "...possibly the most punk thing of all - a an emotional slow ballad." Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) was another insult to the expectations of the masses with its surprisingly heartfelt emotion. And then it happened again in 2004, when the majority of youth were starting to turn to RnB, pop and EDM. They came out with the politically-charged smash American Idiot, causing Rolling Stone to claim they had "saved rock." That turned out to only be temporary, but the point is that at all times, they did what they wanted. What they felt was right. And they did it in a way that convinced the rest of the world to go along with it.
I'm in love with songs like Prisoner of Society by The Living End, which is full of rage at the generation before them. Killing In the Name by Rage Against the Machine, with its venomous riffs and lyrics. The first two bars of Blink 182's All the Small Things alone hold so much power. It's easily the type of music that speaks to me the most.
This song sums it up pretty well.
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