Best Joy Division Songs

The Top Ten
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Love Will Tear Us Apart Cover Art

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).

Stands as one of the best rock songs of all time. I would then go with Atmosphere and Transmission. So original.

Lyrics to die for! Literally in a way...

Listen to these lyrics - Truth when you know that a relationship has ended!

Love Will Tear Us apart is the best post-punk song ever, and one of the best singles of all time.

2 Shadowplay Shadowplay Cover Art

A poetic recount of life's futility and inequity; Curtis pulls Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from the silence.

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

Dark and ere, one of the greatest songs ever crafted.

3 Disorder Disorder Cover Art

The bass and drum combined are electrifying, and Ian Curtis delivers his trademark haunting baritone vocals with fast-paced hooks.

One of the greatest songs ever written. Achingly beautiful, yet driving and decadent.

Love that song, it reminds me of stuff. Now the stuff are dead and gone but music remains beautiful

One of my all time favourites, along with "They Walked In Line", "Atmosphere".

4 Transmission Transmission Cover Art

That opening bass line is legitimately chilling. And the emotive tear of Curtis' vocals as the track plateaus. Pretty much a perfect song.

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!

5 New Dawn Fades New Dawn Fades Cover Art

Probably They're Most Emotional Song. I've never heard of another song with so much raw emotion in it, from the bass traslation to the guitar heaviness to Ian's Vocals (which I think demostrate the true essence of his talent as a singer) and the amazing lyrics... in other words this song has everything for me.

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)

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.

Prefer the cover by Moby and New Order, but this song is still amazing.

6 Isolation Isolation Cover Art

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

The lyrics are haunting

It can make me cry...

7 Atmosphere Atmosphere Cover Art

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

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

Totally moving and chillingly beautiful.

My phone ring tone. That says it all

8 Dead Souls Dead Souls Cover Art

Love to play this at full volume in my car with windows down and scare people with its dark majesty...

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

First JD song I ever heard, completely blew my mind from the first note. Thanks, NIN!

Personally I think NIN's version is better (mostly because of the quality), but this is the original, so it's deathless

9 She's Lost Control She's Lost Control Cover Art

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.

It is like Kurt's "Lithium", not greatest but the best, for sure.

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

10 Decades Decades Cover Art

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.

The synth on this track is magnificent. Few songs can give me the goosebumps as consistently as this one does.

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.

The Contenders
11 Twenty Four Hours Twenty Four Hours Cover Art

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.

12 Ceremony Ceremony Cover Art

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.

'If only''. Had ian curtis performed the vocals on this song it would have been remembered as the amazing song it is, potentially my favourite song of all time

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!

13 Heart and Soul Heart and Soul Cover Art

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

14 Interzone Interzone Cover Art

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

15 No Love Lost No Love Lost Cover Art

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.

If I ever got in a car chase, this is the first song I'd want playing.

One of the best... top ten certainly

16 A Means to an End A Means to an End Cover Art

I put my trust in you

17 The Eternal The Eternal Cover Art

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

18 Warsaw Warsaw Cover Art

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

19 Atrocity Exhibition Atrocity Exhibition Cover Art

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.

20 Day of the Lords Day of the Lords Cover Art

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.

"This is the room, the start of it all..."

21 Leaders of Men Leaders of Men Cover Art
22 I Remember Nothing I Remember Nothing Cover Art
23 Wilderness Wilderness Cover Art
24 Digital Digital Cover Art

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.

25 Failures Failures Cover Art
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