It would be hard to argue against the fact that in 2020, hip hop is the most popular (and most prevalent) form of music. From downloads to streaming, and even the radio, rap and hip hop artists are music’s biggest, most profitable figures. But in the late 90s and early 2000s, rock was still king, and showed no signs of slowing down. In fact, rock was so big that even genres that were once considered “counterculture” became mainstream; Specifically, punk rock. A staple of 70s anti-establishment culture, punk grew to prominence through bands like The Ramones, The Misfits, The Clash, and Black Flag. Over time, the sound evolved and by the 90s bands like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Charles County’s own Good Charlotte had made punk rock socially acceptable (to the pleasure of many, and disappointment of others) with an offshoot of the genre most labeled “pop punk”. While no one seems to be able to agree when a band stops being “punk” and starts being “pop punk”, we searched Freegal, CCPL’s new music streaming service, and found 8 great albums for you to enjoy and decide for yourself!