The biggest selling single of their career and the second song released from 1999’s Enema Of The State, ‘All The Small Things’ was written by the band with the intention of creating something ‘catchy and basic’ to gain radio airplay.
All The Small Things definitely ticked both of these boxes, bringing the band into the consciousness of mainstream pop market and reaching the Top 20 in 12 countries. The video also got the band plenty of press; it featured the band parodying various manufactured pop acts like ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Bassist Mark Hoppus keeps things simple throughout. Very simple. This is pop-punk 101; straight 8th root notes around a 3-chord sequence. The song’s basic chord progression and the ‘na-na-na’ vocals towards the end of the track are intended as a nod towards (singer/guitarist) Tom DeLonge’s favourite bands, The Ramones.
The tempo isn’t too fast, meaning that most players should be able to get around the song without breaking too much of a sweat; if you’re new to plectrum playing then this is a good challenge for developing a consistent sound – there’s not much work for the fretting hand to do, so the majority of your attention can be devoted to the picking hand.