Stay Together For The Kids, blink-182
As pop punk bands go, blink’s repertoire is very diverse. Their discography ranges from songs that are literally a cheerful string of curse words with no grammar or punctuation to songs written from the perspective of a teenager about to commit suicide. Stay Together for the Kids falls closer to the latter; its a very weighted and sobering topic, and Tom, Mark and Travis use the song to treat the subject of divorce with truly passionate angst. All three of them are a part of broken families, and their own personal experiences explicitly empower their musical prowess to pour out the emotions they’ve all contained via their instruments. The soulful guitar strumming throughout represents only a portion of the anguish represented by being a child with divorced parents. Travis stays subtle during the verses and uses the chorus to explode outward in a flurry of powerful and rapid drumming, which displays another side of the inward vicious anger that can only be released forcefully. The lyrics are a good excuse not to be reserved; they invite listeners to use this song however they want. One can listen to this when feeling angry, sad, rejected, aggressive, or really just to sing along loudly with the chorus. I finally saw blink live for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and the first few notes from Tom’s guitar at the beginning of this one made the crowd go insane as they eagerly anticipated that exceptionally vehement outlet genres like pop punk offers its fans. This is a song for many moods, so use it frequently and without hesitation.