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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Top 50 Punk Songs of All Time

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I just watched the movie CBGB (2013) last night. While the famous New York club is often considered ground zero for punk rock, the movie left much to be desired. Its weak story apparently had two goals: portray club founder Hilly Kristal as a loser with a heart of gold and trot out countless poorly-cast lookalikes to bludgeon viewers with reminders of all the famous bands who started there.

However, the movie did prompt me to delve into best-of lists to determine the best punk songs of all time. Here are the top 50 punk rock songs of all-time, as determined by an aggregate of 27 best-of lists (see resources after the list). Here’s the results:

1. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)
2. Blitzkrieg Bop…Ramones (1976)
3. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
4. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
5. Holiday in Cambodia...Dead Kennedys (1980)
6. Rise Above…Black Flag (1981)
7. Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
8. I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
9. Sonic Reducer…Dead Boys (1977)
10. California Uber Alles…Dead Kennedys (1980)

11. Ever Fallen in Love…Buzzcocks (1978)
12. Kick Out the Jams…MC5 (1969)
13. Gloria…Patti Smith (1975)
14. Personality Crisis…New York Dolls (1973)
15. White Riot…The Clash (1977)
16. Blank Generation…Richard Hell & the Voidoids (1977)
17. Longview…Green Day (1994)
18. Psycho Killer…Talking Heads (1977)
19. I Wanna Be Your Dog…The Stooges (1969)
20. Waiting Room…Fugazi (1989)

21. 12 X U…Wire (1977)
22. New Rose…The Damned (1976)
23. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker…Ramones (1977)
24. Welcome to Paradise…Green Day (1994)
25. Where Eagles Dare…The Misfits (1979)
26. Complete Control…The Clash (1977)
27. Alternative Ulster…Stiff Little Fingers (1978)
28. Institutionalized…Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
29. Pay to Cum…Bad Brains (1980)
30. American Jesus…Bad Religion (1993)

31. I Against I…Bad Brains (1986)
32. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
33. Straight Edge…Minor Threat (1981)
34. Oh Bondage! Up Yours…X-Ray Spex (1977)
35. White Man in Hammersmith Palais…The Clash (1978)
36. Bastards of Young…The Replacements (1985)
37. Celebrated Summer…Husker Du (1985)
38. Ruby Soho…Rancid (1995)
39. In the City…The Jam (1977)
40. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene…X (1980)

41. Orgasm Addict…Buzzcocks (1977)
42. Banned in D.C….Bad Brains (1982)
43. Chinese Rocks…The Heartbreakers (1977)
44. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
45. Radio, Radio…Elvis Costello (1978)
46. Nazi Punks Fuck Off…Dead Kennedys (1981)
47. Roadrunner…The Modern Lovers (1975)
48. See No Evil…Television (1977)
49. TV Party…Black Flag (1981)
50. X-Offender…Blondie (1976)


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shoutout!

    - AmericasWhiteBoy.com

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    1. You bet! You'll notice a fair amount of the songs on your list made the cut here as well.

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