Best Punk Albums of All Time

The Top Ten Best Punk Albums of All Time

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.

This was the first punk album I bought back in 85’ and I loved it. I just found a used copy at my local record store and had to have it. A great album that takes me way way back.

2 Ramones - The Ramones

The origin of all punk albums to come. should be in 1st position always

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

3 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!

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.

4 London Calling - The Clash

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!

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.

Why is Insomniac from Green Day number 3 while this album is number 4!? This album is better then any album Green Day ever released - BossDj0

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

5 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

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)

Every track an instant classic. PUNK Perfection!

TRUE quintessential hardcore record.

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.

7 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

What the hell?! Insomniac is number 1 but Dookie is number 5. This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest albums ever made, I could listen to it on repeat all day and still be in awe.

8 Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies
9 Sing Loud, Sing Proud! - Dropkick Murphys

One of the best punk albums ever! - Jph

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'.

Best Clash Album

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

The Contenders

11 Something Better Change - D.O.A.
12 Rocket to Russia - The Ramones

Better than self titled album

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

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 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges

Should be up der

15 Wild in the Streets - Circle Jerks
16 Generic - Flipper
17 Group Sex - Circle Jerks
18 The Adolescents - the Adolescents

Should be higher...

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 Scum - Napalm Death
21 Hardcore '81 - D.O.A.
22 Punk in Drublic - NOFX

Every song rips. Lyrics with meaning and remarkable insight the average man can relate to. 25 years later and still one of my favorite albums of all time.

Aside from the decline (which is just one song so it shouldn’t be on here) NOFX’s best work released

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.

23 (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

The original Hardcore album!

24 Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing - Discharge
25 Rancid (2000) - Rancid

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

26 Join the Army - Suicidal Tendencies
27 ...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

One of the best of all time, sounds like a greatest hits album.
Closely followed by Let the Dominoes Fall

28 Leave Home - The Ramones
29 The Stooges - The Stooges
30 Damaged - Black Flag

The quintessential hardcore record.

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

Possibly the grandfather of Hardcore Punk (Y)

31 Golden Shower of Hits - Circle Jerks
32 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

33 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.

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

This is not punk rock at all, insomniac is much better and belongs on the list - musicfanguy

34 Dealing with It - D.R.I.
35 Horses - Patti Smith

Top 5

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

36 Warriors Code - Dropkick Murphys
37 Blackout - Dropkick Murphys
38 Nimrod - Green Day
39 We Are... the League - Anti-Nowhere League
40 Enema of the State - Blink-182

So you like an album with all the songs that sound the same and same 3 chords and one whiny singer and one with no range with someone who lacks in bass and an overrated drummer you guys need help if you like stink 18poo in genral

Almost agree. Travis Barker is a great drummer all around. Certainly not overrated. Not even in the top 10, certainly, but a very good drummer. - Dunsparcity

The blink essence is on this álbum I'm like so much

It’s funny so many people (now) hate on blink 182. But hey why don’t you look at the richest punk singers of all time. Guess who’s on the very tip top of it. BLINK. So obviously they were and still are pretty damn successful and a lot of people like their music.

41 Suffer - Bad Religion

This album along with Against The Grain are both top 25 at least.

This album inspired so many in the punk movement. It shaped bands like NOFX and Pennywise, plus the title track 'Suffer' was a big interspersion for 'American Idiot'.

Should be in the top ten and no Against Me listed what.

Best bad religion album

42 Bad Brains - Bad Brains

Best hardcore album of all time, probably best punk album period.

2 Green Day albums in the top 10 and not this beauty? whats wrong with the world

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

43 Beat the Bastards - The Exploited
44 Life in General - MxPx

Once again, this album was a part of the Punk Rock Revival explosion in the 90's. The album is one of the most brilliant and well-written compositions of all time, and is a jewel of of Punk Rock, as well as Skate Punk. The beats are fast, the drums are unimaginably well coordinated, the bass lines are catchy and energetic, and the guitar is schreechy and hard pounding. A true inspiration for the mordern punk scene.

45 My War - Black Flag

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

46 Living in Darkness - Agent Orange
47 Pennywise - Pennywise
48 All Killer No Filler - Sum 41

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

49 Siren Song of the Counter Culture - Rise Against

Rise against is ingenious

50 Duh - Lagwagon
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