7 Things You Didn't Know About Blink-182's 'All The Small Things'
By Denny Directo
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The song that launched pop punk into the mainstream turns 15!
Blink-182 hit it big with the release of "All The Small Things" back in 2000. The corny love song proved to be a huge watershed moment for the San Diego punk band. In honor of the milestone anniversary, we're breaking down seven things you probably never knew about the hit song.
1. "All The Small Things" was one of the top-selling singles in America in 2000. It charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100-- the highest Blink-182 has appeared on the Billboard charts ever. Later that year, Rolling Stone magazine declared "All The Small Things" one of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs."
2. The track was one of the last songs recorded on the band’s third album Enema Of The State. Most of the songs of the album had already been written but singer-guitarist Tom Delonge felt it needed one more track that was catchy enough for radio.
3. Delonge wrote the song for his then-girlfriend Jennifer Jenkins. The high school sweethearts eventually tied the knot in 2001 in their hometown of San Diego. The couple are still married and have two kids together, daughter Ava Elizabeth and son Jonas Rocket.
4. But the song wasn't just a love letter to Jenkins, Delonge included the "Na na na's" in the catchy hook as an ode to his favorite band: The Ramones.
5. As luck would have it, bassist Mark Hoppus met his future wife, Skye Everly, during rehearsals for the music video. In a 2004 interview, Hoppus explained that he was initially rejected by Everly, who was an MTV talent executive at the time. "Tom always used to embarrass me: Any girl he’d talk to, he’d say, ‘Hey, you wanna go on a date with Mark?’ He asked Skye [Everly], my wife, who looked at me and said, ‘No.’ That’s how it all started.”
6. The music video for "All The Small Things" famously parodied boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync , as well as pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.The video was huge smash on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) and cemented the band as video stars within the popular teen zeitgeist. The band would go on to nab "Best Group Video" at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
7. Coincidentally, the lads of One Direction shot their music video for their breakthrough hit "What Makes You Beautiful" on the same beach as "All The Small Things," 11 years later.