Greatest Hits

Common Sense Media says

Punk-pop hits for true-blue fans.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very honest, yet pretty depressing, look at teen life.


Some violent (and perhaps suicidal) imagery.


Some sexual innuendo.


Some explicit language -- not as strong as on many CDs.


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drugs and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "clean" versions of Blink-182 albums are surprisingly well-produced and skillfully edited, and a viable option for families uncomfortable with occasionally explicit lyrics.

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What's the story?

Although they've sold over 16 million records, it's hard to believe it's already time for a BLINK-182 GREATEST HITS CD, but here it is -- an appealing collection of songs from the punk-pop trio's five earlier releases that nicely covers the band's nearly 10-year history. Breaking no new ground, the album offers a predictable selection of 17 hits performed with Blink-182's usual teen-angst honesty over sugary musical hooks. Although a British version of this CD offers two new tracks, the USA release does not. This is a fine sampler for new fans, and will be a must-have for die-hard obsessives.

Is it any good?


Content will be no surprise for anyone familiar with the group; a sprinkling of expletives and some sexual innuendo, along with a couple of drug and drinking references, tinged with a familiarly teenaged aura of depression. Milder than most explicit CDs, some of the content may still be disturbing to some families, but Blink-182 offers the rare bonus of clean versions that are edited skillfully enough to actually be listenable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the band's musical influences, what makes their songs so appealing, and whether the explicitness is really necessary.

Music details

Release date:November 15, 2005
Label:Geffen Records
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written byxposrrusiakenzx April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

sadly, they broke up

Blink 182 is a great band, which usually means great album, especially in this case. Considering they were one of the first pop-punk, which is an oxymoron, they're talented with catchy songs. The cd is worth buying.
Teen, 17 years old Written bybabygurl#1 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

i luv blink182 the rox

well i think we all have our own appoion ok layter luv nicole
Teen, 15 years old Written byEvan182 January 20, 2010

Blink 182

There is a clean version available. Some of the songs on the album do have some suicide references as well as swearing and sexual content. This is still a great album.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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