Top Ten Best Post Punk Albums


The Top Ten

1 Closer - Joy Division

More, more votes for this, please! This album is the perfect example of how talent becomes genius and how genius becomes art when the creator experiences the uttermost pain and suffering in his own self. It's Arthur Rimbaud made music, for the unknown pleasures of us all. - n00w

This album totally deserves the top spot. If you listen to it, you might be depressed for the next few days, but your vision of how beautifully emotions can be conveyed will be changed forever. A gorgeous, powerful, exciting and raw masterpiece. - PinkflASHES

2 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division

Should be number one

Personally, I prefer this one to 'Closer'.

3 From the Lions Mouth - The Sound
4 Y - The Pop Group
5 Entertainment! - Gang Of Four
6 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo

Their cover of Stones's 'Satisfaction' is still one of the cleverest cover-versions of all time and there's not one bad track on the album. And Eno's production has stood the test of time too.

7 The Second Annual Report - Throbbing Gristle
8 White Noise - XTC

Isn't this supposed to be 'White Music'?

9 Smash - The Offspring

The best selling independant album of all time xD

10 Metamatic - John Foxx

The Contenders

11 Script of the Bridge - The Chameleons
12 Talking Heads '77 - Talking Heads
13 Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.

The Offspring aren't a post-punk band.

14 Cut - The Slits

Influential for rrriot girls-bands and girl-power groups, 'Cut' features superb tracks like 'Love & Romance', 'Spend, Spend, Spend' and hit-single 'Typical Girls'. I'd recommend the version with the bonus-track 'I heard it through the grapevine'; one of the best and cleverest cover versions. In the same league as Devo's 'Satisfaction'.

15 Remain in Light - Talking Heads
16 Breaking Glass - Hazel O'Connor

Underrated, as a great music film, a brilliant album and a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Beautiful ballad 'Will you? ', might be the most famous, but other songs like 'Calls the tune', 'If only' and 'Eighth Day' are equally exellent, if not even better.

17 Jeopardy - The Sound
18 Shock of Daylight - The Sound
19 Immigrant - Gene Loves Jezebel
20 Discover - Gene Loves Jezebel
21 Treasure - Cocteau Twins
22 Deceit - This Heat

Why is the Offspring in the top 5 :V - Erucu

23 Juju - Siouxsie and the Banshees
24 Good Morning Revival - Good Charlotte

What's post-punk about Good Charlotte? Read the titles!

25 Red Skies Over Paradise - Fischer Z

Never understood how 'Marliese', 'Berlin' and the title-track weren't hit-singles in the Uk. The album reached No.6 in the German charts and 'Marliese' was a Top 40-hit. Sure, some of the lyrics (Cold War) are a bit out-dated, but in other parts tragically still relevant now. And the music has certainly stood the test of time. Great vocals.

26 Monarchie & Alltag - Fehlfarben

Post-Punk of the highest quality from Germany.

27 Nunsexmonkrock - Nina Hagen

Nina's amazing experimental solo-debut, after splitting from the Nina Hagen Band (who became the Spliff Radio Show, then just Spliff). One of those 'must hear b4 u die-albums, regardless if one will like it or not.

28 Prayers On Fire - Birthday Party
29 Stateless - Lene Lovich
30 Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi

Nomi was one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS (aged 39) and would have had most likely a great career to come. With his unique voice, a countertenor, with a wide vocal range and a style, well ahead of his time, plus collaborating with stars like Bowie and Iggy Pop, just to name two, he was destined to superstardom, but sadly remains, even now, criminally overlooked, almost forgotten. This debut-album, not always perfect, though, but shows his massive potential, especially on his covers of 'The Twist', 'Lightning strikes' and 'You don't own me'.

31 The B-52's - The B-52's

Emerged back the ('78/'79) with their very unique style, releasing one amazing debut-album that still sounds amazing now. Tracks, like 'Planet Claire', 'Rock Lobster' and my personal favourite 'Dance this mess around' are timeless party anthems. Funny, intelligent, energetic pop with an anarchic, punky attitude.

32 Heads and Hearts - The Sound
33 Manic Pop Thrill - That Petrol Emotion
34 Mars Needs Guitars! - Hoodoo Gurus
35 Songs of the Free - Gang of Four
36 Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes
37 After the Snow - Modern English
38 Solid Gold - Gang of Four
39 Porcupine - Echo & the Bunnymen
40 Crocodiles - Echo & the Bunnymen
41 Meat is Murder - The Smiths
42 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
43 Heaven Up Here - Echo and the Bunnymen
44 Strawberries - The Damned
45 Flowers of Romance - Pil
46 Travelogue - The Human League
47 First Issue - Pil
48 Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
49 Drums and Wires - XTC
50 Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
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