For those who came of age after Y2K, we remember the heady days of heart-on-sleeve pop punk, defined by bands like Fall Out Boy, Cartel and Panic! at the Disco, radio-ready acts that were as relatable as they were kitschy. However, few records encapsulated this timeframe with the honesty of Yellowcard's Ocean Avenue.
Ocean Avenue, the 2003 Capitol Records release that thrust Yellowcard into the Top 40 spotlight, was an album that managed to define the wide-eyed wonder for a generation of teenagers. With a 17-year career under their belts, Yellowcard has gracefully managed the pitfalls that come with being a longstanding pop rock band.