Pop-Punk Band Names!

There’s this recent trend that has started up in the pop-punk scene. Basically, if you start a pop-punk band, you need to name the band after a line or a song by another pop-punk band who were perhaps your biggest influences. Don’t get me wrong, I like this tradition! I mean, yes, it could be said that bands only do this to increase their initial exposure to fan bases that may notice them based on words that they recognise from other pop-punk songs, but to me it mainly just shows a great sense of community and connection between the smaller bands that start up and the more well established bands that I already know and love.

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So here’s my list of pop-punk bands that have band names that are taken from or inspired by other songs by other pop punk bands!

This Year As A Ghost – Cincinnati pop-punk band, named after a line from the chorus of the song ‘Came Out Swinging‘ by The Wonder Years

Hoodie Weather – New Jersey pop-punk band, named after the song ‘Hoodie Weather‘ by The Wonder Years

Man Overboard – New Jersey pop-punk band, named after the song ‘Man Overboard‘ by Blink-182

The Story So Far – California pop-punk band, named after the song ‘The Story So Far‘ by New Found Glory

Neck Deep – UK pop-punk band, named after a line from the song ‘Boom, Roasted‘ by Crucial Dudes

All Time Low – Baltimore pop-punk band, named after a line from the song ‘Head On Collision‘ by New Found Glory

New Found Glory – Florida pop-punk band, previously named ‘A New Found Glory‘, kinda named after a line from the song ‘A New Found Interest In Massachusetts‘ by The Get-Up Kids, but the lyrics in that song are actually “I’ll look east and lock my heart in a brass box, to new found Mass. I’m breaking off but this is my home.” (Here’s an interview with the band where they mention their band name’s origins.)

Washington Square Park – New Jersey punk band, named after the song ‘Washington Square Park‘ by The Wonder Years

Four Year Strong – Kinda named after a line from the song ‘Michelle With One “L”‘ by The Get-Up Kids, but the lyrics in that song are actually “Same hold from the same hands. Five years strong, many times over and gone.” (Here’s an interview with the band where they mention their band name’s origins.)

Head North – Named after the song ‘Please, Head North‘ by Transit

Set Your Goals – San Francisco pop punk band, named after the album ‘Set Your Goals‘ by punk band CIV

NOFX – California punk band, named as a throwback to the broken-up punk band Negative FX.

Panic! At The Disco – Las Vegas pop punk band, named after a line from the song ‘Panic‘ by Name Taken (although the band have also said that the name was inspired by the song ‘Panic‘ by The Smiths)

Taking Back Sunday – New York alternative rock band, named after the song ‘Taking Back Sunday‘ by The Waiting Process.

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