Best Joy Division Songs

The Top Ten

1 Love Will Tear Us Apart 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).

My number 1 song of all time.

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2 New Dawn Fades New 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. - PositronWildhawk

The most perfect of Joy Division's songs; the lyrics (of which there are suprisingly few) co-exist in brilliant and haunting harmony with the score.

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3 Disorder Disorder

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

This is the best song by joy division...just brilliant

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4 Atmosphere Atmosphere

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

In my humble opinion the greatest song of all time, haunting, timeless, brilliant.

Totally moving and chillingly beautiful.

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5 She's Lost Control She'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.

Epic song from ian. This could be one ove the best prog rock song in 80's decade.

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6 Transmission Transmission

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

Love will tear us apart and Disorder surely are the tops for lyrics but the guitar on this will never fail to send chills.

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!

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7 Heart and Soul Heart and Soul

Ere and dark, with those bells it makes this track atmospheric and outstanding. - Quart

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8 Ceremony Ceremony

Imagine how excellent this song could've been if they only got the chance to finish fully recording it, it sounds like it could've been their best song yet. Too bad Ian killed himself before they got a chance to finish recording it though.

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,

Even when Bernie is singing it, you hear Ian's baritone!

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9 Dead Souls Dead Souls

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

This is definitely one my favorite joy division songs as it is so well constructed- very underrated in my opinion

10 Isolation Isolation

A happy, upbeat sounding song with depressing lyrics, I like it.

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The Newcomers

? No Love Lost No Love Lost

I really like 'no love lost' by joy division because of the intro.. It's very hypnotizing... What a magnificent song!

Fantastic. Especially the one on Ideal For Living with the spacey build-up.

One of the best... top ten certainly

? Shadowplay Shadowplay

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. - Quart

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

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The Contenders

11 Day of the Lords Day 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.

12 Decades Decades

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)

The most depressive JD song. As it is the last track on their last LP, it is like the last breath of Ian Curtis before his death. It's simply the best one.

Gothic Rock, Prog Rock and Post-Punk all blended in probably best Joy Division's song.

A beautiful, haunting and introspective song. Plus that synth line is awesome.

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13 The Eternal The Eternal

Slow, atmospheric, and depressing. This song is what got be into Joy Division.

'No words could explain, no actions determine,
Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall. '
dear god

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14 Twenty Four Hours Twenty 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.

In my opinion, this is probably their greatest song. The song builds and falls but the bass and drum line drives aggressively unlike any other song by JD. Ian Curtis' depression was also plain as ever in this song.

So much energy in there. Makes you keep on going ahead.

15 Leaders of Men Leaders of Men
16 A Means to an End A Means to an End V 1 Comment
17 Warsaw Warsaw

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

18 Atrocity Exhibition Atrocity 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.

19 Insight Insight V 1 Comment
20 Failures Failures
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Shadowplay
2. Heart and Soul
3. Love Will Tear Us Apart
1. Dead Souls
2. Ceremony
3. Leaders of Men
1. Twenty Four Hours
2. Atrocity Exhibition
3. Heart and Soul

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