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Study: Blink-182 is super punk, Minnesota is not

Blink-182, getting ready to do something puck as fuck

Blink-182, getting ready to do something puck as fuck

Though Minnesota’s rap scene doesn’t always get the love it deserves, we definitely know a thing or two about punk in the Twin Cities. Or so we thought.

This month, Polygraph published a cool interactive graphic that attempts to define punk by combing through thousands of Spotify and YouTube playlists with the word "punk" in the title, searching for bands whose songs appear most frequently. 

But don’t hold your breath to see Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, the Suburbs, Babes in Toyland, or Dillinger Four anywhere near the top spot. Instead, the most hardcore Spotify and YouTube users have decreed Blink-182 as the definitive punk band. The trio’s songs appear on 45 percent of all punk-related playlists.

Music data researcher Matt Daniels repped Minnesota by including Brother Ali on his list of the largest vocabularies in hip-hop two years ago. But the Twin Cities punk scene saw zero bands in his latest infographic, save for Motion City Soundtrack's appearance in the pop-punk subcategory. 

The whole list is mostly a millennial listener’s definition of "punk." Green Day, the Offspring, Sum 41, and Rise Against round out the top five bands who appear on punk playlists. Other dubiously labeled punk acts — My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Twenty One Pilots, Limp Bizkit — fall elsewhere on the top punk spectrum.

Though the graphic points out that pop-punk as a genre was coined in 1977, Blink-182 and All Time Low lead the pack of bands in the pop-punk subcategory, most of whom gained popularity in the last 20 years. 

Contrarily, post-punk (also coined in 1977) finds its definition from bands in its early era. Joy Division, the Cure, and Siouxsie & the Banshees represent a list of groups mostly from the '70s and '80s.

Other subcategories represented in the infographic include hardcore, emo, and metalcore. 

If you thought the underground might rise up and declare your favorite local basement scene band as definitive punk, don’t worry. Daniels concludes that crowdsourcing genre definitions is futile, calling them “glorified hashtags.”

In other words: None of this matters! 

So quit whining and help the victors celebrate: