Best Joy Division Songs

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The Top Ten

1
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Love Will Tear Us apart is the best post-punk song ever, and one of the best singles of all time.
Stands as one of the best rock songs of all time. I would then go with Atmosphere and Transmission. So original.
I love this song but seriously I don't think it's their best one... But definitely one of the best "rock" song ever (if we must rate a piece of art).

2Disorder
The bass and drum combined are electrifying, and Ian Curtis delivers his trademark haunting baritone vocals with fast-paced hooks.
So sad, so haunting, so atmospheric, so nostalgic, with so many feelings feelings feelings feelings!
Love that song, it reminds me of stuff. Now the stuff are dead and gone but music remains beautiful

3New Dawn Fades
Few songs manage to transmit so much feelings like this one, truly the best song of Joy Division
Prefer the cover by Moby and New Order, but this song is still amazing.

PositronWildhawk

Best song ever written. With no hyperbole.

4She's Lost Control
Love this song, especially how the rhythm of the drums and the melody of the guitar go along. One of the best Joy Division songs.
I prefer Closer as an album, but this is by far the best Joy Division song, followed by Decades.
This is a theme song to when I lose control, again.

5Shadowplay

6Transmission
This should be in top 3! Dance, dance, dance to the radio!
Ian sings like a desperate soul trapped in an automaton's body. Haunting. Sad. Touching.

7Atmosphere
I can only understate how much I like this song. There isn't a word good enough to describe it. RIP Ian.

PinkflASHES

Just amazing and so original
Haunting and gut wrenching

8Heart and Soul

9Decades
Taking one last breath, this haunting song makes me feel so much hidden emotions. It always makes me blue whenever I hear it, no matter how much I feel happy before... I can't say I've ever heard a better way to close an album. Thank you. (Please forgive my mistakes English is not my first language)
Hauntingly beautiful song. The sequencing of the three last songs on the album could not have been better chosen.
Gothic Rock, Prog Rock and Post-Punk all blended in probably best Joy Division's song.

10Day of the Lords
"This is the room, the start of it all..."

The Contenders

11Isolation
It can make me cry...

12Insight
All time favorite. Beautiful.

13The Eternal
'No words could explain, no actions determine,
Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall. '
dear god
Slow, atmospheric, and depressing. This song is what got be into Joy Division.
THE BEST DARK LYRICS I'VE EVER LISTENED.
MINUTES AWAY FROM COLD AND DEATH
THE BEST SONG

14Twenty Four Hours
It builds up constantly, leaving you wanting a climax, but it never comes, it just burns out. And that, in my opinion, is the song's strength, it emphasizes the emotion and the hopelessness of the lyrics.
So much energy in there. Makes you keep on going ahead.

15Candidate

16Atrocity Exhibition
The song "The Fly" by U2 has been described as a phone call from hell, but this song takes that to much higher levels. A carnival of the grotesque, this song is full of distorted guitars, brilliant vocals and terrifying lyrics, and one of, if not the, best by Joy Division.

17Digital
Back to the good old days, I remember seeing Joy Division about 10-12 times in the good old days. Still the only song in which I cried to, the final performance at Birmingham uni (I was there) and after hearing it in 1981 it was the definitive Joy Division Song
I am glad someone agrees that this is their saddest song, as I included it in an essay about songs for different emtotions, for "sad". The emotion in this song is unparalelled in the joy Division cannon, and the fact that it's the last song Ian performed makes it even sadder.
Their saddest song, and unfourtunatley true

18Dead Souls
This is one of, if not my favorite Joy Division song. I think it's very underrated.

19Ceremony

20In a Lonely Place
Both versions. The original is incredible, a unique blend of Joy Division classic atmospheric sound with western movie's harmonica features, something never heard from, never made by and even never approached by any other bands on the earth. Then the New Order remastering in Anton Corbijn's Control motion picture is a true rebirth for this song, at the same time powerful, modern, deep and insightful. Definitely a can't miss.

n00w

Not only the most depressive song by Joy Division, but perhaps even the most depressive song ever written. The poor quality of rehearsal recording only adds to the gloomy atmosphere of the song. Along with "Decades" my favourite song.

21A Means to An End
I put my trust in you

22No Love Lost
I really like 'no love lost' by joy division because of the intro.. It's very hypnotizing... What a magnificent song!
One of the best... top ten certainly

23Ice Age

24These Days
Classic post-punk hymn where you already guess the roots of New Order later works. It's also one of the most accessible to the ears of the general public.

n00w


25Warsaw
Come on, how can Warsaw be out of top 10?

26Autosuggestion
This song is Ian saying the "live life to it's fullest" propoganda given out by society so you
Go out and use its facilities instead of saying safely indoors.

27Colony

28Passover

29Leaders of Men

30Failures

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