Best Joy Division Songs

August 2, 2015 - The best songs by Joy Division. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

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).
[Newest]My number 1 song of all time.

A poetic recount of life's futility and inequity; Curtis pulls Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from the silence.
Dark and ere, one of the greatest songs ever crafted.


Such a dark and heavy track. Love the guitar melody and tone.
Turn the lights out and drift away


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
[Newest]Iconic... Simply beautiful, a voice of the genre.

4New Dawn Fades
Few songs manage to transmit so much feelings like this one, truly the best song of Joy Division
Probably the saddest song I've ever heard. I listened to it on repeat many times after I first heard it. (Transmission is a close second place for me)
Prefer the cover by Moby and New Order, but this song is still amazing.


5Heart and Soul
Ere and dark, with those bells it makes this track atmospheric and outstanding.


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


Totally moving and chillingly beautiful.
Just amazing and so original

What I would give to hear a clear full recording of ian curtis on vocals, and uncover the lyrics if the lost first verse
Listen to the original new order version, and the two live joy division recordings, add ian curtis' voice to the song and you will see the greatest song never recorded,
Best of the best

8She'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.

Obviously love will tear us apart is the biggest hit, and it's a really good tune but transmission is my favourite toon for sure
Ian sings like a desperate soul trapped in an automaton's body. Haunting. Sad. Touching.
This should be in top 3! Dance, dance, dance to the radio!

10Atrocity 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.

The Contenders

11Dead Souls
This is one of, if not my favorite Joy Division song. I think it's very underrated.

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.
[Newest]Curtis sings this song as if his soul is leaving his body. Definitely one of the greatest songs of all time

13Day of the Lords
"This is the room, the start of it all..."
Powerful, destructive, and brilliant- Day of the Lords- where time dissapears and oblivion is all. Never has the 'end' or rather 'the start', been so poetic.

14The 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.

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

A happy, upbeat sounding song with depressing lyrics, I like it.
It can make me cry...

17Leaders of Men

18Twenty 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.

19A Means to An End
I put my trust in you

Full of powerful rusty chords and great duo of Peter Hook and Ian Curtis vocals

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