“This is gonna really test my cred,” says Alex Gaskarth, scrolling through his phone for a representative list of his all-time favorite punk songs. No need for him to worry: As the lead guitarist and vocalist of pop-punk foursome All Time Low, the Baltimore native has earned his punk-rock stripes for endurance alone, fronting his band for more than 12 years and touring for years at a time. All Time Low’s name is taken from a lyric in the New Found Glory song “Head on Collision,” but Gaskarth, 27, knows his roots. Here, he runs down his favorite punk anthems of all time:
1. "Don't Call Me White," NOFX
"They're the first of the ‘90s punk bands that I really got into. It’s what pulled me into the genre."
2. "Blitzkrieg Bop," The Ramones
"Of course, The Ramones."
3. "Rock the Casbah," The Clash
"It's my favorite Clash song, because it was the one where everyone was like, 'They totally sold out and made a dance song.' But it was actually the most punk thing they could have done."
4. "Basket Case," Green Day
5. "Holiday in Cambodia," Dead Kennedys