Bradley Nowell would have been 50 years old today, February 22, 2018, had not died from a drug overdose in 1996.

The loss of Nowell, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and others never served as the cautionary tales they should have.

The house always wins, kids.

Nowell died, just as Sublime was on the cusp of commercial success.

As a huge Sublime fan, I feel the world was robbed of its next great musical icon.

Despite a small music catalogue, Sublime is still one of the most influential acts of the 1990's and their music remains as vital and contemporary today as it did then.

Here are five essential Sublime songs, in no particular order: