28 Mid-2000s Songs Guaranteed To Make You Miss The Warped Tour

To this day, the entire month of July feels like Warped Tour weather to me. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Warped Tour is a traveling music festival that’s basically like day-long summer camp for kids who love punk/pop/rock music. Every summer in high school (and even a couple through college), I’d look forward to that one day in late July when I’d get to rock my heavy eyeliner and Converse around a bunch of kids doing the same (my people!).

After six years apart and just days before my 26th birthday, I made an epic return to Warped Tour with one of my best friends who grew up listening to the exact same music as me. And let me tell you—this was by far my favorite Warped experience (and not just because I met my decade-long girl crush). We got to see so many bands who graced the stages nearly a decade ago, like Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and Sum 41—the same bands who influenced us as teens. I swear some of them have gotten better with age. It’s pretty cool to see that even after all these years and the ever-changing music scene, Warped Tour still brings on bands that keep it connected to its roots.

So in honor of these bands who are still rocking as hard as they did in the early-to-mid 2000s (and to those who called in quits in recent years), I’ve put together a throwback playlist of my favorite Warped Tour bands.

Here’s to Warped Tour—to the bands, the sweat, the sunburn, the money spent on merch, and the voices we lost after singing along.

Track Listing

  1. Ocean Avenue — Yellowcard
  2. Dear Maria, Count Me In — All Time Low
  3. The Phrase That Pays — The Academy Is… 
  4. Everything Is Alright — Motion City Soundtrack
  5. The Queen And I — Gym Class Heroes
  6. Misery Business — Paramore
  7. Still Waiting — Sum 41
  8. The Church of Hot Addiction — Cobra Starship
  9. DONTTRUSTME — 3OH!3
  10. Holiday From Real — Jack’s Mannequin
  11. Do Better — Say Anything
  12. Jamie All Over — Mayday Parade
  13. Girls Do What They Want — The Maine
  14. Secret Valentine — We The Kings
  15. Understatement — New Found Glory
  16. Newport Living — Cute is What We Aim For
  17. Where Were You? — Every Avenue
  18. Whoa Oh! (Me vs Everyone) — Forever The Sickest Kids
  19. Sugar, We’re Goin Down — Fall Out Boy
  20. The Great Escape — Boys Like Girls
  21. Warm Me Up — The Audition
  22. So Much Love — The Rocket Summer
  23. I’ll Run — The Cab
  24. Homecoming — Hey Monday
  25. Face Down — The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  26. Chelsea — The Summer Set
  27. Adorable — Artist Vs Poet
  28. Boys Of Summer — The Ataris

Image Credit: Hugo Chisholm

Kim Conway

Kim Conway

Kim is a twenty-something writer from Chicago, IL who is fueled by comedy, music, fictional romance, and Sour Patch Kids. She’s got a Midwestern heart, but loves to be by the ocean. Her spirit ladies are Kristen Wiig, Grace Helbig, and Aubrey Plaza. Kim earned her BA in English Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently becoming a total BA at calligraphy and photography. On her 20th birthday, she started a photo-a-day project and has continued it ever since. When she’s not writing, organizing, or watching HGTV, you’ll probably find her fangirling about her current favorite song, baking (arguably) the world’s best soft pretzels, or daydreaming about travel. She plans to someday move to Australia.
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