A YELLOWCARD APPRECIATION LIST

Today Yellowcard announced that their upcoming record and supporting world tour will serve as their farewell. Everyone remembers their early 2000's pop-punk anthems like Only One and Way Away, but most people I know don't realize that they've kept putting out really solid albums Here's my submission for a Yellowcard's Greatest Hits album.
  1. Starstruck - One for the Kids
    Yellowcard released three albums before they signed a major record deal, they did not as prominently feature their signature sound with their violinist, nor were they very professionally produced. I include this as I think it's important to understand where they come from, One for the Kids is still full of talent, especially from drummer Longineu Parsons, who was just 20 when this record came out. https://open.spotify.com/track/6LCvms7xJINmh9vhXcOFW9
  2. Way Away
    Their first song to garner national attention. Introducing their heavy use of violin in punk rock. This song goes hard. https://open.spotify.com/track/63IIUzd6eJBfCGIcF8MFnJ
  3. Ocean Avenue
    The title track from their first big record and some of the best fiddle work. Amazing use of cannon at the end. https://open.spotify.com/track/23oxJmDc1V9uLUSmN2LIvx
  4. Only One
    "Here I goooooooo" this is probably their biggest song. The heartfelt love song is so passionate and beautiful. https://open.spotify.com/track/0gZp88SA5OcujHLDGkxtI3
  5. Believe
    A stunningly heartbreaking tribute to the first responders on 9/11. It's written from the point of view of someone that was saved, only to see the firefighter that got them out go rushing back in to their death. It's so good, with excerpts of speeches given in tribute playing in tbe background. https://open.spotify.com/track/7r6KgeFLSGJqbu90KJg1Bv
  6. Lights and Sounds
    As is often the case after a smashing success on a debut album, Lights and Sounds actually was pretty disappointing to a lot of fans but it still contains some gems, like this title track. The album serves as a concept album about the bands distaste for Los Angeles. https://open.spotify.com/track/4XOZaPYeMn9hcbpyS90NnD
  7. Two Weeks from Twenty
    Never afraid to get political, Two Weeks from Twenty tells the story of soldiers dying in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It's a sharp criticism of the Bush administration. https://open.spotify.com/track/0mjdYGUvMPWVRkqaGRz1Fq
  8. How I Go
    After hearing this song dozens of times my brother and I were listening in the car one day and realized it was about the movie/book Big Fish. One of the first piano driven songs by Yellowcard, it's so so beautiful. https://open.spotify.com/track/5DRyV3ql5cpXGKjYtoUuaw
  9. Light Up The Sky
  10. Shadows and Regrets
    A beautiful song about all the feelings that rise up when you return to somewhere you once considered home. The shadows and regrets of your past playing all around you. https://open.spotify.com/track/0CSQoasRiFGMBk3IkYaUSS
  11. Dear Bobbie:
    Okay most fans probably wouldn't select this song but I think it's so beautiful. A ballad about an couple looking back on their lives. It's so raw and perfect. https://open.spotify.com/track/4FMeVagNBQpBQjHkASDZyN
  12. Hang You Up - Acoustic
    Yellowcard took a two year hiatus and the record when they came back is probably their weakest. But they started doing s lot of acoustic work that is so beautiful. This song is about lost love and it's gorgeous in its stripped down state. https://open.spotify.com/track/02G6P4sAPbJo94uOjKczBh
  13. Sing for Me - Acoustic
    Another song from that album that's better when you strip it down to the bare acoustic version. A song for his first child, Ryan Key has always been a great songwriter but as he matured so did his writing and it's amazing. https://open.spotify.com/track/2NfGZKvKwU8sgkqAsT6MOS
  14. Awakening
    They put this album out pretty quickly after the last one. The opening track is phenomenal. https://open.spotify.com/track/3KvocEl2AbGs2Woc46ysbG
  15. Here I Am Alive
    A song both to those that never believed in them and to himself. An anthem that they've made it, but they still have a long way to go. https://open.spotify.com/track/6SBszKb5ggxZxw7KUCYnXo
  16. Ten
    Ten is a song written to Ryan Key's would-be son. His girlfriend when Yellowcard first took off had an abortion, letting him know only after he got back from tour. Written ten years after the child would have been born, it's so gut-wrenchingly sad but so fucking beautiful. It will make you openly weep when he first asks "don't you think we would have been best friends?" https://open.spotify.com/track/3PRQC9GBolNfzBxjw5oMSm
  17. Transmission Home
    Convocation into Transmission Home is the one of my favorite openings to an album, and how they opened the show when I finally saw them a couple of years back. As such it holds a special place for me. https://open.spotify.com/track/1LJWaqgSJshe5CSEKIvdJH
  18. Lift a Sail
    Yellowcard's original drummer left before they made this album and while it is evident, the album is still fantastic. The title track is a great example. https://open.spotify.com/track/3btKooFkrGP5cQTCc8ujcg
  19. California
    Ryan eventually married an olympic snowboarder and wrote this song while she was rehabbing in Colorado after a nearly career ending injury. It's emblematic of their more piano driven sound and it's so beautiful. https://open.spotify.com/track/2Xk1EfTGPTLxHDtX3UU463
  20. Rest in Peace
    Released today, the first single off their upcoming and final album. This is a farewell to the twenty years of Yellowcard. I'm sure this record will have a few more gems and I can't wait to hear it. https://open.spotify.com/track/3lZFwEr0FDp6P1UV8Eh6iA