15 Songs To Get You Back Into Pop-Punk

15 Songs To Get You Back Into Pop-Punk

Pop-Punk Saved Me.

Pop-Punk is not dead. Let me start by saying I never really lost my love for the "alternative" world. Most everyone grew out of their angsty, emo phases and morphed into "free spirits." Warped Tour at some point became sidelined and raves became the new go-to. The genre of pop-punk has grown as have we, don't knock it till' you hear some of the bests, and let me tell you tattoos, beer and a good pit can seriously cure any soul.

Here's a collection of new and old to help you remember just why you need this genre of music in your life:

1. If It Means A Lot to You- A Day to Remember

"And hey sweetie, but I need you here tonight." The ultimate pop-punk ballad.

2. Dive In- Pierce the Veil

"I wanna be the tattoo ink that swims down through the needle in your skin"

3. Don't Wish- Tonight Alive

*If you have ever been mistreated YOU NEED THIS SONG* This song healed me in so many ways and made me feel strong on my weakest of days.

"I didn't know what love was then, So how can you say that nothing has changed? And you still regret letting go of me that day"

4. Scene One- James Dean & Audrey Hepburn - Sleeping With Sirens

"They say that love is forever, Your forever is all that I need"

5. Remembering Sunday- All Time Low

"She's been running through my dreams, And it's driving me crazy, it seems,
I'm going to ask her to marry me"

6. Body in a Box- City and Colour

I promise, this song will somehow give you peace.

7. Oh Well, Oh Well- Mayday Parade

"Oh well, oh well, guess I'll see you in hell"

8. Fade- This Wild Life

"God you know I miss it, but girl you know I'm distant"

9. Bulletproof Love- Pierce the Veil

"My love for you was bulletproof, but you're the one that shot me"

10. Have Faith In Me- A Day to Remember

"Cling to what you know and never let go"

11. Like Knives- City and Colour

" And I will blame myself, for holding onto what I hoped would keep you by my side"

12. December- Neck Deep

Somehow making your heartbreaks catchy since 15'

13. Floral and Fading- Pierce the Veil

You'll be singing this for the next week. You're Welcome.

14. Jamie All Over- Mayday Parade

Roadtrip playlist: Enabled.

15. Downfall of Us All- A Day to Remember

*oh sweet sweet nostalgia*

Studded belts and bad haircuts might be out, but pop-punk is still alive, and by the way, Warped Tour is still a kick-ass time.
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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

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