The ‘Punk Goes’ series has always given us another awesome way to look at our favourite bands and artists. The first of the 6 current Punk Goes Pop albums was released 15 years ago this year. Filled with some huge artists from way back when including Yellowcard 😦 (Miss them already), The Starting Line, Thrice and Further Seems Forever covering the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Branch and N’Sync.
With Punk Goes Pop Vol.7, featuring huge artists like Boston Manor, Dance Gavin Dance, Greyscale and Andy Black, just around the corner here is my list of the 10 best songs Punk Goes Pop has provided us with so far.
10. SECRETS – ASS BACK HOME (GYM CLASS HEROES COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.5
Post-Hardcore band Secrets Swapped the Travie McCoy rap for them screaming versus, and it works so brilliantly well. It’s a perfect example of the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series doing exactly what it intended, making a song that should never work as a post hardcore track work perfectly!
9. PVRIS – CHANDELIER (SIA COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6
Front woman Lyndsey Gunnulfsen has a huge voice and she totally showed it off in this cover of Sia’s 2014 hit song ‘Chandelier’ on Punk Goes Pop Vol.6 adding that beat heavy rock sound and you’ve got one hell of a cover!
8. PALISADES – HAPPY (PHARRELL COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6
Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ which was recorded as the biggest track 2014 (Released November 2013) just short of 14 Million units across the globe, it was covered amazingly by Palisades. The electronicore, New Jersey lads totally made it their own whilst, I think, still keeping that upbeat and pop feel to it. It’s no small feat covering the biggest selling song of the year!
7. THE STARTING LINE – I’M REAL (JENNIFER LOPEZ COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.1
‘J-Lo’ released this song back in 2001 and being only 10 years old back then I say without shame that i probably loved it. Then came the original ‘Punk Goes Pop’ album in 2002 and it was definitely filled with golden moments, this one definitely stands out for me. American Pop Punkers ‘The Starting Line’ put an amazing stamp on it, a fast paced punk version for us to enjoy. Its so incredibly catchy that after one listen its hard to turn it off!
6. KNUCKLE PUCK – CHOCOLATE (THE 1975 COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6
There was no need for American Pop Punk band ‘Knuckle Puck’ (Who originally started out as a cover band!) to change this song too much. it was a huge song when the 1975 released it back in 2013 and ‘Knuckle Puck’ definitely did it justice. It was enough just to hear a cover of ‘Chocolate’ from the guys with that punk edge it sounds fantastic.
5. THE MAINE FEAT. ADAM LAZZARA – GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN (CYNDI LAUPER COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.5
What a combination right? The Maine and Taking Back Sunday frontman, rock legend to so many, Adam Lazzara. It all just works so well too. They slow the song right down and make into a ballad that is as beautiful as this song could ever sound. It’s perfect, i’ll say no more, just listen to it if you haven’t already!
4. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE (BRUNO MARS COVER) – UPCOMING PUNK GOES POP VOL.7
Although this song has just been released as a single off the upcoming ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol.7′ (Released 14th July) I’ve hardly stopped playing it. In classic Dance Gavin Dance style Will Swan and the guys give us groovy post hardcore, mix their sound with that hip hop soul of Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ and you get something extremely special. Tilian Pearson’s voice just works spectacularly for this cover and Jon Mess is stand out as always.
3. YELLOWCARD – EVERYWHERE (MICHELLE BRANCH COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.1
This is probably a lot of peoples number one favourite of the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series and i’d agree that it is an amazing song in its own right and it is done in classic ‘Yellowcard’ style. I played this on repeat hundreds and hundreds of times when I first heard it all them years ago and I still listen to it now. Just like Yellowcard themselves this song will stand the test of time with us huge Punk fans!
2. GO RADIO – ROLLING IN THE DEEP (ADELE COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.4
Another huge mainstream hit covered on the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series was Adele’s 2010 smash hit ‘Rolling In The Deep’. Go Radio absolutely belt this one out and though probably one of the more simple songs to cover they went above and beyond to make sure that they did something special with this track. Jason Lancaster’s voice has always been a staple in my life, from Mayday Parade in their earlier years and with Go Radio after that, his voice really is transcendent and for me it makes this song huge! That key change! Perfect!!
1.SLAVES – SWEATER WEATHER (THE NEIGHBOURHOOD COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6
For me, this has got to be number one! Where do I even start? Jonny Craig always brings the soul out in every song. The passion we love to hear from him shines as always in that limitless voice. The Neighbourhood’s ‘Sweater Weather’ is a great song anyway but put Jonny Craig on the track and you’ve got, in my opinion, the best song of all the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ albums so far.
So Punk goes pop vol.7 is released on July 14th and I can’t wait to hear what it has to offer. The whole track list has already been announced and you can check that out by clicking here.
Written by Liam Stirzaker