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Popular is Nada Surf's first radio single, released in June 1996. Each of the verses in Popular presents, in spoken word format, sarcastic advice to teens. Initially offered in a calm, deadpan voice, the lyrics gradually build Kinison-style in teen angst and rage.

The song reached number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and propelled the album to number 63 on the Billboard 200. Popular was also a big hit in France, reaching the Top… read more

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three important rules for breaking up
don't put off breaking up when you know you want to
prolonging the situation only makes it worse
tell him honestly simply kindly but firmly

Nada Surf - Popular Lyrics


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  • Good song
  • Pretty cool
  • Excerpts are from a legitimate published dating tips book in 1964. The intent is sarcastic but it's fairly correct. Call me pessimistic, but the cliques, superficiality & relationship ideas remain similar (even after high-school). On the positive side of things, it's undoubtedly homoeroticism in the official music video when the football player walks into the shower room and winks! ;)
  • Bullshit to this being their only good song. It's awesome and clearly different, but still a great band.
  • i literally laughed out loud at "kinison-style" in the description
  • so great AND makes me crack up, a+
  • the only good song from this band! the only but GREAT
  • One of my ALL TIME Favorites. I could watch the video forever.....
  • New metal? Metal? New? [2]
  • I haven't listened to this song in many many years, but I remember watching the music video on Much Music.

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