Best Joy Division Songs

The Top Ten

1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Love Will Tear Us Apart Cover Art

Not only is it Joy Divison's best song, it's also one of the best songs of all time.

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).

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.

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

3 Disorder Disorder Cover Art

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

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

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.

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.

5 New Dawn Fades New Dawn Fades Cover Art

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.

Best song ever written. With no hyperbole.

6 Isolation Isolation Cover Art

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

It can make me cry...

The lyrics are haunting

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

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

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

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

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.

This is a theme song to when I lose control, again.

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

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)

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.

Hauntingly beautiful song. The sequencing of the three last songs on the album could not have been better chosen.

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.

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!

13 Heart and Soul Heart and Soul Cover Art

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

Intrigating and dark. Just beautiful

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.

One of the best... top ten certainly

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

Public Image LTD totally ripped this sound on Metal Box

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

"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.


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.

Their saddest song, and unfourtunatley true

The best

25 Failures Failures Cover Art
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