Best Punk Albums of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols only ever put out this one album, but in doing so they created punk as we know it. You have to think of this album in the same vein as the Beatles debuting on the Ed Sullivan show, or Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Festival. It was that big of a shift in music.

Revolutionary, completely honest, and blistering. NMTB is everything that is great about punk. Johnny Rotten's contentious/intelligent lyrics and raw vocals made me proud to be different. Made me stop being a sissy wanting to commit suicide and in turn, be a thorn in the side of those that have belittled me. Steve's guitar playing made me play guitar a little differently and I dig his sound. - shawnwalker

Why... Why is this not in the list? Do you even know the meaning of punk? This album is a pure punk masterpiece... Everything that goes on in punk rock today was in some way influenced by nevermind the bollocks.

The sheer energy this album exudes alone is incredible, surely the definitive punk listening experience, and one of the greatest albums of all time. - mjgass

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2 Ramones - The Ramones

Inventors of punk rock? Come on guys! This is one of the best albums of all time! And London calling by the clash or nevermind the bollocks here's the sex pistols are both not on the list! Are you kidding me? Do you even know punk?

What can I say? This must be one of the most influential records in the history of music!

They are the best punk band ever, and this album has his greatest song "Blitzkrieg Bop". They were the band who created punK! - rock2metal

The record that started it all. It was my first true punk studio album... I instantly was a fan and couldn't stop boppin. I love this record! - shawnwalker

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3 Insomniac - Green Day

Contains all the classic elements of old school Punk Rock, and even adds a new edge to the genre. The sound is heavy and distorted, the lyrics are slick and well-written, and the bass lines are phenomenal. Truly the greatest punk record of all time!

Green Day are just amazing. They're music is.. I don't even know. It just is so amazing. Insomniac is an amazing record. Green Day definitely deserve this title for the greatest punk record.

Haters gonna hate. This is a pure punk rock album. Unlike dookie, which is more pop punk. Nonetheless, they"re both great albums which is worth a listen.

Best band best Album!

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4 London Calling - The Clash

This should be #2. This is a better overall album than everything else, but I agree that Ramones is a better punk album. And how is the green day album that I have just accepted will always be here not even there best album? You people don't even know how to mess up right.

One of the greatest albums of all time. The best punk album by far ever made! And I'm not the only one saying it! Rolling Stone magazine placed it at #7 in it's 500 greatest albums of all time list! I know rolling stone is very often wrong but even so this album is pure punk brilliance!

I seriously can't believe ANY Green Day album is before this, this should be number one with the Ramones and sex pistols

My introduction was (give em enough rope) but when this double LP came out, with J.Strummer focusing on anti establishment lyrics fueled by the political climate of the late 70's. This is the first conception of GBHs' UK 81 stalwarts and punk influence forward and beyond ~

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5 Dookie - Green Day

This album literally saved punk rock from grunge. Songs like Longview and Basket case are what defines punk. It is about doing things your own damn way

I love punk so much but I think nothing beats grunge. It is my favourite genre. Your making it sound like grunge is bad! - Oliwally

Dookie should be higher

I love Green Day. - Caleb9000

Best Green Day album that consists of mostly punk. - mmarce445

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6 Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys

Punks, wherever you are - please vote this into the Top 5 where it belongs. "If the kids are united" (sadly, the new kids have no idea what Punk really means)

While not as good as their later albums, this album still is one of the most well known and most badass US hardcore albums out there.

Every track an instant classic. PUNK Perfection!

Grat record, such power - ChatonNoir

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7 Rocket to Russia - The Ramones

This album is like the Beach Boys on steroids! Fast, cool, and 30 mins of pure punk pandemonium. It inspired countless musicians and is considered a must have for punk. - shawnwalker

Better than self titled album

8 ...And Out Come the Wolves - Rancid

"New York City! Well I wish I was on the highway. Back to Olympia." Best it gets folks. Punk music is about whatever you make it... And Out Come the Wolves is earnest, driven, and punk as flummery. This is culture.

Great album and the guys are still going strong today. Absolutely superb!

How can the sex pistols be number 1, they only made ONE album and Johhny Rotten has been living on past glories all his life.
He hates the Ramones, the Clash and Green Day. I think he might be a bit jealous of bands that have longevity.

Yet, Johnny Rotten has done more in one album others have done their entire career. He's certainly done more than you ever will. - shawnwalker

Thanks for your reply Shawn. You are correct in the fact that you could have worded your first comment better. I have nothing against the pistols as a band, as I also have their only album and love it.
I've heard Johnny Rotten interviewed many times and he comes across a bitter person and I probably vented my personal opinions on him when I replied to you comment. I love The Ramones, The Clash, Green Day, Social Distortion, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Iggy Pop and The Stooges and listen to at least two or three of them on a daily basis.
All the best 👍

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9 Damaged - Black Flag

The quintessential hardcore record.

Possibly the grandfather of Hardcore Punk (Y)

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10 The Clash - The Clash

They made the best punk album with "The Clash" and the best rock album with "London Calling". Pure Class of '77 punk sound with elements of reggae, 50s rockabilly and ska. A masterpiece. Also, I am biased... This album changed my life.

Far better than 'London Calling' and definitely equal to 'Never mind the bollocks'.

Once again, a veteran album and a true punk pearl (Y)

The Newcomers

? Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
? Fun House - The Stooges

The Contenders

11 Road to Ruin - The Ramones
12 Punk in Drublic - NOFX

Fantastic record, fantastic band. Amazing. NOFX deserves to be number one, and Green Day does not belong on this list at all. Green Day is lame.

Just another fantastic record, which influenced many Ska/skate punk bands.

It's not even their best album, but it deserves to be in the top 10 of this list.

Beautiful album from the very first second of the sound

13 Walk Among Us - Misfits

How is there not a single Misfits album on this list?!

Are you kidding me this should be way higher

14 American Idiot - Green Day

Republicans must have gotten to this list :( - mr_crossover27

I'm a republican and I still think this should be in the top ten. The storyline is beautiful, as are the lyrics and insturments. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool really know how to be a great band and touch the hearts of many. American Idiot is my favorite album of all time. This should really be higher.

How the hell is this 27th? It's better than insomniac, enema of the state and any other album on this list! This album defined the 2000s and propelled Green Day back into superstardom after a decade of declining success

Exactly Why Is Insomniac #1 But American Idiot 52? - 12cc

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15 Milo Goes to College - The Descendents

One of the most influential punk records of the 80's, if you ask me (Y)

One of my favorite albums of all time

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16 My War - Black Flag
17 Big Choice - Face to Face
18 The Empire Strikes First - Bad Religion
19 Static Age - Misfits
20 Bad Brains - Bad Brains

It's a classic, if you only have 1 punk album make sure this is it!

Best punk album of all time in my opinion

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1. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
2. Mondo Bizarro - Ramones
3. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
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1. Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
2. Ramones - The Ramones
3. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
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1. Static Age - Misfits
2. Ramones - The Ramones
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