Best Dead Kennedys Songs

The Top Ten

1 Holiday in Cambodia

Love this song. Has everything a good punk rock song needs, love Jello's vocals, the intro is what mad this song the best song ever. If you don't feel the lyrics, you are not punk and should go listen to Justin Bieber.

The song is about a communist country, so if you lived in North Korea you could quite easily relate to this song, It's been said before thousands of times, Punk is an idea, it's not all about the music. - RIDDLER2K15

The Dead Kennedys are one of those rare occurrences in music where their most popular song is their best - dlbk03

The album version is better however...

Love this song some much best song by miles - mneilan

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2 California Uber Alles

Jerry Brown

Just play it loud!

Honestly I just like the story behind this song... it was a response to some neo nazis thinking DK was a neo nazi band... nope!

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3 Kill the Poor

Good top 3, only order is screwed up, "Kill the Poor" is their best, the best satire I've ever heard and great music behind it.

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4 Police Truck


This should be 2nd after holiday in cambodia

Awesome song from an awesome game. Should be much higher on the list!

Tony Hawk Pro Skater anyone? - TristanMatheny

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5 Nazi Punks F**k Off

The napalm death version is awesome two. - Caleb9000

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6 Chemical Warfare

As soon as I saw the live version of this song, Dead Kennedys was one of my favorite bands.

I think chemical warfare deserves to be here. Amazing intro, fast paced, loud music, with a big touch of dark humor, that's Jello all right. Every song from "Fresh fruit from rotting vegetables" deserves to be here. (Except Ill in the head, because lets face it, the lyrics are good but the music is boring) I honestly don't know why Holiday in Cambodia is labelled as being from the album "Give me convenience or give me death" because it appeared in "Fresh Fruit for rotting vegetables, first. And ha! To you for not being able to put the "Penis landscape" as the album art for frankenchrist.

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7 Riot


Killer riff and bassline… Riot is my favourite Dead Kennedys song by a long way

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8 Too Drunk to F***

Are you serious? Just listen to that guitar!

How has nobody voted on this yet? The first song I ever heard heard by DK, it started a trail that would eventually lead to DK being ranked high among my favorite bands. The song is fast, the lyrics are reatable and the name makes stupid music from today look like lullabies. 10/10!

1. Kill the Poor
2. Holiday in Cambodia
3. Too Drunk to F*ck
4. California Uber Alles
5. Chemical Warfare
6. Police Truck
7. Let's Lynch the Landlord
8. Stealing People's Mail
9. I Kill Children
10. Moon Over Marin

9 I Kill Children

Most Underrated Dead Kennedies song

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10 Moon Over Marin

Should be up there near the top, not the typical DK's sounding song but very powerful.

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The Contenders

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12 I Fought the Law

This isn't even a Dead Kennedys song. It's a Clash cover.

Actually, it's making fun of the original song by Sonny Curtis, which was then made popular after being covered by the Bobby Fuller Four. The song was then covered by the Clash. - dlbk03

This is not a clash cover you dumb chode, they changed the lyrics.

I do not think that this song is the best, but I'm suprised why it is not in the list

Hummm... this is the clash�'s song...

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13 Halloween

California is better I think, but this song has the best bass part I have ever heard and intro noise with Jello's scream is great too

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15 Bleed for Me

Excellent rhythm, great lyrics. Build up in beginning, possibly best song from plastic surgury disasters

16 Buzzbomb

How come this is not even in the list? This is one of the many amazing songs they could come up with even after Fresh Fruit for Rotting vegetables set up such a big benchmark.

The quintessential DKs song: loud fast hardcore punk mocking the materialist in all of us.

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17 Pull My Strings

This song will always be true

Great song. MY PAYOLA

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19 When Ya Get Drafted

Short, biting, Dead Kennedys at their finest.

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22 I Am the Owl

This is one of their best songs as far as composition goes. The lyrics are disturbing in how topical they are. One of my favorites.

This song is their best. It should be at least top 5.

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25 Stars and Stripes of Corruption

This is one of the greatest and most relevant songs ever written by any band. This list is an absolute joke.

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27 Jock-O-Rama

This song is funny

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30 Forward to Death

Something about the mood of this song just always draws me in.

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31 Terminal Preppie - Dead Kennedys

How is this not even on the list, this is top 5 at least.

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35 A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch

Great track, but any song from 'Fresh fruit for...' is far better.

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38 Goons of Hazzard UListen to Sample
39 Lie Detector

Great song

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40 Night of the Living Rednecks

Jello's delivery and bassline in the back make this a classic.

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List Stats

400 votes
43 listings
8 years, 302 days old

Top Remixes (5)

1. Holiday in Cambodia
2. California Uber Alles
3. Police Truck
1. Moral Majority
2. Chemical Warfare
3. California Uber Alles
1. I Kill Children
2. Moon Over Marin
3. Holiday in Cambodia

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