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.

Overrated

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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

Great Album Sex Pistols Is Garbage

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3 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

All of the songs are classic.

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4 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)

Every track an instant classic. PUNK Perfection!

TRUE quintessential hardcore record.

Best punk albums.All songs are so good.

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5 Insomniac - Green Day

I'm alright with people calling Dookie pop punk because it was mostly pop punk (with exceptions of Longview, FOD, Sassafras Roots etc) but Insomniac is a full on punk album. Much darker, meaner tone to it, just listen to Geek Stink Breath, Jaded, '86, Armatge Shanks. Also the album never really had any big hits, maybe because it's a punk album and punk rock has always been so underrated. I don't care if this is number 1 or number 17, I just want people to stop calling it a pop album and to stop trashing Green Day for being pop-punk, I call them punk rock/pop punk, or simply alternative because that's a hybrid genre. This album saved punk...this is probably what brought it back to the mainstream, but was completely overshadowed by Dookie.

This album saved punk rock. Unlike Dookie, which was more pop punk, this album has a sound which will not be forgotten. From Stuck with Me, which is the quintessential punk rock song, To Jaded, which has a fast pace and a message about using drugs. Panic Song, which defines the band in the early 1990s, when they used drugs to not have panic attacks during shows and the classic Brain Stew. This album has hit after hit. Buy this album on CD or vinyl. Definitely worth it.

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!

Awesome Album, It Had Some Of My Favorite Green Day Songs Like Brain Stew And Geek Stink Breath.

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6 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

Punk my ass - emilk

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7 Static Age - Misfits

This album is so damn good! Danzig's voice is so unique and his clear inspiration from Elvis Presley makes his voice sound almost bluesy. Some songs may be somewhat forgetable, (T.V. casualty, Return of the Fly, etc.) but the others are amazing! Hybrid moments, bullet, last carress, 138, come back and attitude are all great tracks that stick in your head from the first listen

8 Damaged - Black Flag

The quintessential hardcore record.

Green. Day. Is. Not. Punk. Go. Away.

Possibly the grandfather of Hardcore Punk (Y)

9 Sing Loud, Sing Proud! - Dropkick Murphys

One of the best punk albums ever! - Jph

10 ...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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The Contenders

11 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

Hardcore Punk with Reagge songs - christangrant

Reggae + Punk = Hardcore GOLD!

12 Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies
13 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

Why is this not higher?

Should be first. Second sex pistols.

14 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)

Best Clash Album

15 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

16 Something Better Change - D.O.A.
17 Wild in the Streets - Circle Jerks
18 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges

Should be up der

19 Smash - The Offspring

My favorite offspring album! Should be higher up. # 15 at least

What? Smash was the best selling album ever sold on an independent label. And isn't the whole independent label thing what makes punk what it is,

Awesome Album! The offspring's best album!

20 The Adolescents - the Adolescents

Should be higher...

21 Generic - Flipper
22 Group Sex - Circle Jerks
23 Walk Among Us - Misfits

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

Are you kidding me this should be way higher

Should be way higher this album is amazing.

Should be no. 1!

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24 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.

Beautiful album from the very first second of the sound

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

25 The Stooges - The Stooges
26 80-85 - Bad Religion
27 Scum - Napalm Death
28 Hardcore '81 - D.O.A.
29 Big Choice - Face to Face
30 The Empire Strikes First - Bad Religion
31 Plastic Surgery Disasters - Dead Kennedys

Funking brilliant and massively underappreciated album. Their best.

One of the best punk albums of all time. Better than their debut, which is also one of the best. - Cyrobian

32 (GI) - The Germs

This album is dark, aggressive, and raw. Should be top 10 for sure. Who the hell is Green Day? Aren't they the band who do live makeup commercials in stadiums for 100 bucks a ticket...

This album gets my vote; it's punk at it's ugliest and truest form

First hardcore punk album - Caleb9000

33 Rancid (2000) - Rancid

This album changed my life as a teenager in high school, love it to this day!

34 Join the Army - Suicidal Tendencies
35 Bad Music for Bad People - The Cramps
36 Dealing with It - D.R.I.
37 Mondo Bizarro - Ramones

Life altering album. From attacking the PMRC and fighting for music freedom, (Censor) to the emphatically singing about working class struggles/fatigues, (The Job That Ate My Brain) to a beautiful, powerhouse of a single, that called out the blatant apathy in this world with disgust in the most eloquent way that's ever been recorded (Poison Heart). This record even goes 'Touring' back to 1977 punk with 'Rockaway Beach' references. Every song is 5 out of 5 stars and fantastic. Dynamic with its loud, aggressive, fast punk songs to gut wrenchingly powerful songs. This, along with Never Mind the Bollocks, are my favorite punk albums. Mondo Bizarro has always been a pearl of a record, but hasn't been allowed to shine due to the clams that are the media, who diss this cult classic. - shawnwalker

38 Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing - Discharge
39 Warriors Code - Dropkick Murphys
40 My War - Black Flag

MY WAR! YOU'RE ONE OF THEM! You SAY, that you're my friend. But you're ONE OF THEM!

41 Leave Home - The Ramones
42 Blackout - Dropkick Murphys
43 Golden Shower of Hits - Circle Jerks
44 American Idiot - Green Day

Although it's not as "Punk" as some of the other contenders (or even other Green Day albums at that), American Idiot was arguably the greatest achievement in modern rock. Blending other genres like Alternative and Emo into Green Day's previously established signature tone, as well as Armstrong's simple story that he tells throughout, American Idiot is an epic that can make you feel all sorts of things with it's run time. - Evan64aw

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.

34th!? This is the greatest album of all time! Oh, and how the hell is this below Insomniac. 3rd, Really? - NvGNick

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45 Don't Turn Away - Face to Face
46 Horses - Patti Smith

Higher than I thought. people always forget about patti smtih. this is a peotic masterpiece. makes top ten( for any genre) for me - RecklessGreed

47 Nimrod - Green Day
48 We Are... the League - Anti-Nowhere League
49 Feel the Darkness - Poison Idea
50 All Killer No Filler - Sum 41

62? Really? Fat Lip embodies punk culture and in too deep is a song everyone can relate to

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