Blink-182 is a rock band that first formed in 1992 and went on to become an icon for pop culture during the next two decades. The original band featured guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Scott Raynor. Raynor ended up leaving the band in 1998 and was replaced by Travis Barker, who went on to become the group’s iconic lineup. There was also a short period of time from 2015 to 2022 when vocalist Tom DeLonge was replaced by Matt Skiba, known best for his work in the band Alkaline Trio.
The band’s success over the years has led to many of their songs being featured in movies, TV shows, and video games. Some of these hits include “All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again?,” and “The Rock Show.” Here are the best Blink-182 needle drops in movies and TV, ranked.
12 “Adam’s Song” – Good Mourning
Good Mourning is a 2022 comedy from Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun. The movie follows fictional star London Clash, who is played by Kelly, as he deals with the chaos of receiving a supposed break-up text from his girlfriend on the morning of a life-changing career meeting. It stars Kelly, Mod Sun, Becky G, and Megan Fox, as well as numerous appearances from celebrities. The film received mixed reviews from viewers but ultimately ended up winning an award for Worst Director at the 2023 Razzie Awards.
Blink-182’s “Adam’s Song” is featured in the movie as well as on the soundtrack. It is accompanied by songs from Colton Baker (Machine Gun Kelly), Lil Wayne, Mod Sun, and Young Thug.
11 “All the Small Things” – Lovestruck High
The Prime Video UK reality series Lovestruck High is a show where singles looking for love are sent to an American-style high school to find their soulmate and earn a cash prize. The eight episodes are hosted by Lindsay Lohan and follow along as the contestants complete challenges and try to find a prom date. The show has a diverse cast and drama comparable to shows like Love Island.
The Blink-182 hit “All the Small Things” was featured in the Season 1 pilot episode titled “Homecoming.” This first look into the series shows the contestants attending an awkward homecoming dance and playing sports in gym class.
10 “Love Is Dangerous” – Made in Chelsea
Another reality show featuring a Blink-182 song is Made in Chelsea. This British series first debuted in 2011 and follows the lives of an elite group of friends in some of London’s most affluent neighborhoods. The show has since had 25 seasons with several spin-offs, and there is a 26th season set to release in late 2023 or early 2024. Some of the most notable cast members from the show’s first season include Caggie Dunlop, Amber Atherton, and Cheska Hull.
The show’s ninth episode of Season 2, titled “Je Suis Amoreuse De Toi,” showcased the Blink-182 song “Love Is Dangerous.” Made in Chelsea also used the Blink-182 song “Even If She Falls” in the eighth episode of Season 2, “How Do They Find Flamingo Roadkill?”
9 “All the Small Things” – Clockstoppers
Clockstoppers is a 2002 science fiction adventure movie starring Jesse Bradford and French Stewart. The film follows Zak Gibbs (Bradford), a teen who finds a watch equipped with the power to make time seem like it’s standing still but speeds up his body. It’s called hypertime, and it’s highly coveted by its creator, the CEO of Quantum Tech (QT) Corporation. This leads Zak and his crush, Francesca, on a race to avoid the army sent after him to retrieve the watch while also trying to enjoy its powers.
There are two Blink-182 songs used in Clockstoppers. The hit “All the Small Things” plays during the film’s introduction as Zak is riding around the town, and “First Date” plays during the scene where Zak and Francesca are having fun in hypertime.
8 “What’s My Age Again?” – I Could Never Be Your Woman
I Could Never Be Your Woman is a 2007 romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. Pfeiffer stars as Rosie, a middle-aged single mother who falls for Adam, a much younger actor in a show she produces. The two date, but Rosie’s insecurities make it difficult for the two to navigate. While Rosie and Adam struggle with their relationship, Rosie’s daughter, Izzie, is also navigating her first crush.
Blink-182 has two songs in I Could Never Be Your Woman, and both are perfect for the movie’s premise. “What’s My Age Again?” plays during a montage scene where Rosie and Adam reunite, while “Dammit” is heard during an important scene with Rosie realizing Jeannie’s true intentions.
7 “All the Small Things” – In the Dark
In the Dark is a crime drama show from The CW that follows a young woman named Murphy, who is a blind alcoholic just trying to get through life. One night, she stumbles upon what she thinks is the dead body of her friend, Tyson, which leads her on a spiral to solve the murder when the police aren’t interested in investigating. Tyson’s ties to the local drug dealers take Murphy on a long and twisted journey of love, crime, and secrets.
Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” is heard during Season 1, Episode 3 of In the Dark, “The Big Break.” This episode primarily focuses on Murphy and Max’s relationship, as well as meeting up with Kiera to discuss Tyson.
6 “Dammit” – Bubble Boy
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the comedy Bubble Boy, which follows his character, Jimmy Livingston, as he navigates life in a sterile environment. Jimmy was born with no immune system and lives inside an enclosure built by his overprotective mother. However, when Jimmy realizes he’s in love with his next-door neighbor, he constructs a bubble suit that allows him to travel outside his house. The movie has built a cult following since its release, even with its 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Bubble Boy has the Blink-182 song “Dammit” in the intro and several times throughout the film. It is also featured on the movie’s soundtrack along with songs like “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by Baha Men and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” by The Beach Boys.
5 “Everytime I Look For You” – American Pie 2
Staying true to the first installment, American Pie 2 also has Blink-182 songs in the movie and on its soundtrack. In this sequel, Jim and his friends reunite after spending a year at different colleges and meet up at a party hosted by Stifler.
Unfortunately, the police arrive and shut the party down, much to their disappointment. This drives the group to rent a beach house to throw a huge party to celebrate the end of summer. It features the same cast and characters from the first movie and builds on some of the long-running jokes.
“Everytime I Look For You” by Blink-182 is featured in American Pie 2 during the movie’s opening scene. This is the only song by the band in the sequel, differing from the original, that had several songs and an appearance from the band members.
4 “Dammit” – 9-1-1
9-1-1 is a high-energy TV series following the daily lives of first responders in Los Angeles. While the show is fictional, many of the scenarios and cases are based on real-life events. It first debuted in 2018 and went on to produce six seasons and 96 episodes through 2023. The show was renewed for a seventh season by ABC, though there is no official release date yet.
Blink-182’s “Dammit” is featured in Season 2, Episode 2, “7.1.” In this episode, an earthquake hits Los Angeles and sends the first responders on a dangerous mission to save victims from the wreckage. The song plays during a scene where a teen escapes from the police before being found and charged with grand theft auto.
3 “Anthem Part Two” – Boyhood
Boyhood is a unique movie by Richard Linklater that follows the life of Mason as he grows up from ages six to eighteen. It’s a coming-of-age story that was actually filmed over a 12-year period, so viewers are able to watch as the same actors age before their eyes. It’s a heartwarming movie that touches on the hardest parts of childhood, from birthday parties to family vacations. The film was a major success upon release, winning an Oscar and receiving over 200 award nominations.
One of the best parts of Boyhood is how the music and pop culture references used throughout the movie help to signify the time period. Each band and song chosen perfectly fits Mason’s age and the year. “Anthem Part Two” is played during a childhood scene where Mason and his friends are looking through a magazine.
2 “I Miss You” – It’s Only the End of the World
It’s Only the End of the World (also titled Juste la fin du monde) is a French drama film that follows the story of Louis, a writer who is facing a terminal diagnosis. This leads Louis to travel home to his dysfunctional family after years of separation to tell them about his illness, but once he arrives, it’s clear old habits die hard. There is tension and fighting between the family, leaving Louis in a difficult spot. It’s an excellent representation of a toxic family that went on to win 14 awards.
The movie features Blink-182’s “I Miss You” during a melancholy scene where a character is sitting down listening to the song. It’s Only the End of the World has numerous pop songs throughout it, which helps to bring life into some of the tense, sad moments.
1 “Mutt” – American Pie
The best Blink-182 needle drop and movie appearance is in the 1999 comedy American Pie. This coming-of-age movie stars Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Eugene Levy, and several other stars who all go on to star in the later franchise installments.
The movie is about a group of five friends who are seniors in high school, and their only goal is to lose their virginity before graduation. This leads the friends on a journey of embarrassment and some over-the-top struggles of growing up. It was a huge success and has since grown a massive cult following.
“Mutt” by Blink-182 is featured in the movie during a strip scene with Nadia and Jim. However, this isn’t the only appearance from the band, as Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker appear during a short scene in the movie where Jim and Nadia’s webcast is broadcast to countless people on the school’s directory. “Mutt” was also featured on the movie’s soundtrack with other artists like Third Eye Blind, Tonic, and Goldfinger.