Best The Clash Songs

The Top Ten
1 London Calling London Calling Cover Art

When I first heard this song, I was floored. The line 'London is drowning and I, (I) live by the river' have more meaning behind it than just something to keep itself knocking around your head. As for the comment about it being highly rated because of having London in the name: you miss the point entirely. The song isn't up here because it has London in the name, it's up here because it holds meaning and gives us a glimpse into the feeling of the time; something that you'll be hard pressed to find in many songs.

A nuclear error but I have no fear... Great moment, this song is a perfect, apocalyptic, cynical representation of the fearful, paranoid feeling that gained the inhabitants of the English capital in those troubled times. Best song by the band, and one of the best songs ever.

The beginning of the only album that could ever give Sgt. Pepper a run for his money. This is the greatest moment in punk history.

Don't forget that this was a perfect album opener for one of the greatest albums of all time. Sets the stage for the tone throughout

2 Train In Vain Train In Vain Cover Art

Should be #1 in my opinion, sure, London Calling is more popular, but this song is better.

Gotta love this song! Catchy beat, unique voice... please boost this to number one!

It's a classic! It made London calling a classic album.

Truly believe that this is their best song. Catchy, powerful, and brilliant

3 Should I Stay or Should I Go? Should I Stay or Should I Go? Cover Art

I first heard this from the TV show "Stranger Things" back then when I used to watch Netflix and I like it.
This song is really catchy and fun.

This is the best song of this band... I think... Well the song should stay in the top of the list... And it should go to first place... It is more deserving than "any city" calling or whatever... People should not vote just because they have their country or city name... Bad voting... Not a good democrating

I listen to it for the first time watching Stranger Things and today I still fall in love with this song. The Clash are one of my favorite band.

Definitely my favourite by The Clash. Huge punk rock pioneer, especially with this song. Catchy chorus and great instrumental work. Great band

4 Rock the Casbah Rock the Casbah Cover Art

I love this song so much I listened it around 150 times already. I think it really should be number 1. Its catchy, has great melody and is awesome overall!

Amazing song which deserves a high spot on this list. Too bad the production isn't as good as on London Calling.

Try listening this song making an effort on feeling what Strummer felt when recording. The clash made history with this song

There is legitimately no catcher song out there, and very few that are better.

5 I Fought the Law I Fought the Law Cover Art

Top ten of its era

6 The Guns of Brixton The Guns of Brixton Cover Art

This song rarely makes top 10 lists. It's so great! The bass is as good as "London Calling". Its lyrics are amazing and pre-date (inspired? ) the 1980's Brixton riots. Seriously the lyrics are punk as hell! The harmony they do during the chorus is also phenomenal. The Clash have some terrific songs, but this is by far their best.

So good. Shameful that it was sampled by Beats International, but then they did copy everyone.

How is this song fifth! This is by far the best song here.

7 (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais Cover Art

Well, this song being 6th with "Should I Stay" @ #3 and Rock the Casbah @ #4,... what can be said of the reviewers.

This was one of Joe's favorite's for a start. A complex song which starts off about a disappointing all-night reggae "showcase" night @ the Hammersmith Palais in London. The show headlined by Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson was disappointingly more "pop", "formulaic" and "lightweight vs the than the "roots rock rebel they had been looking for that night (maybe got too much on his trip to Jamaica as reflected in "Safe European Home"). Goes into the commercialization of Punk at that time in '78, Black - White relations and more.

I was born in London and 15 years old in 1977, this song is the bollocks
Meaning fantastic, the Clash, the Damned, the Ramones And of course The Sex Pistols
Helped us working class survive...I now live in Australia Thank God!

What a difficult choice... But this is the one that does it for me. I have a soft spot for "the card cheat" too.
But this was MY London anthem.

Not just the best Clash song, but the best rock song ever written. The new groups are not concerned with what there is to be learnt...

8 Lost in the Super Market Lost in the Super Market Cover Art

I can't believe that this isn't on the list! Granted it isn't their best song (not even in the top ten), but to not include it at all is unforgivable. Mick's vocals have never been better on this song. Plus it's a great anti-consumerism. X

You guys know what this song is about? Its about life, and the sensations it gives you. This song is so deep.

About feeling lost in life. Brilliant song.

Come on! Must be on it!

9 Death or Glory Death or Glory Cover Art

I really liked the lyrics--not just because it's a song about selling out, but because it leaves the listener with jurisdiction to draw a lot of conclusions about its meaning. It also has a great melody, and the part in the middle in which the music seems to stop for a time before picking itself back up is amazing.

I like this song. A lot

10 Clampdown Clampdown Cover Art

This is the best Clash song ever! It speaks of the working class and how hard it is to survive in a world of political conspiracys, unfairness, inequality, hypocracy and corruption. This is how a real punk rock band should sound.

A powerful song about how we should avoid what society wants us to be, and we should do whatever we want

The Contenders
11 Police & Thieves Police & Thieves Cover Art

First song where you can tell where The Clash were heading. Best pre London Calling song by far.

Great song! Right up there with London calling and should I stay or should I go.

I love this song wich was also song by others groups in reggae version.

Why so low!. Brilliant song

12 Career Opportunities Career Opportunities Cover Art

This is my favourite song, because it's great old punk whacking with great melody. Songs from London Calling are maybe advanced and all, but this is old punk which I like

My personal favourite. It's the perfect punk song: fast and furious.

13 White Riot White Riot Cover Art

16? Serious?
It's a masterpiece

11? Okay but it's awesome

14 Complete Control Complete Control Cover Art

I like about 97% of Clash songs release before Cut the Crap (they are my favorite band), but this has to be my all time favorite, because it just defines them so much, plus it is really fun.

This song is the last great punk song by the band before they went in other directions. It has a much fuller production than songs from the first album. A fantastic single.

I just love this song. Janie Jones, safe European home, and English Civil war are extremely close seconds though.

Next to White Man in Hammersmith Palais this is easily one of the Clash's top 5 of all time... period

15 Spanish Bombs Spanish Bombs Cover Art

Spanish bombs has a great beat, and is vastly underrated. Also it is in the best album ever. Listen to this song then rethink your previous review.

As a Spanish I love how the Clash remind us of the terrible civil war my country suffered and how fascism destroyed all liberties. Beautiful lyrics and great bass

Something about the Spanish makes it my favorite. It is also fun to play on acoustic guitar.

The best song by the best band ever.

16 Straight to Hell Straight to Hell Cover Art

12th? This is so messed up. It's the best Clash song. Period.
I understand why London Calling will always rank number 1 on these lists, so I'm not so bothered by that, but not even 2nd, 3rd.. Not even top 10? Who votes on these things?

This is one of their best.. Maybe not so popular as London calling and should I stay or should I go but desevse to be on the top ten.. Every hardcore clash fan knows this song..

I like a lot of Clash songs more than this one, but to see it this far down on the list...M.I.A. would be very sad, to say the least.

17 The Magnificent Seven The Magnificent Seven Cover Art

Love it. My favorite song by The Clash. I love the bass riff and the whole idea of the song. It's got a mixture of punk, reggae and rap. It shouldn't work, but it works brilliantly.

Primal punkabilly- bassline went on to be sampled to great success by Basement Jaxx on Romeo I think. Number one simply for 'Whatve we got? Magnificence.'

18 Cheat Cheat Cover Art
19 Bankrobber Bankrobber Cover Art

How this song doesn't crack the top 10 is beyond me...

Record of the Summer

20 Rudie Can't Fail Rudie Can't Fail Cover Art

I love this song like complete control. This song have so many layer and I can talk about that for many years. It's comedy and tragedy.

Very underrated. Amazing arrangement, production and melodies.

21 Safe European Home Safe European Home Cover Art
22 London's Burning London's Burning Cover Art
23 Garageland Garageland Cover Art
24 Tommy Gun Tommy Gun Cover Art
25 This Is England This Is England Cover Art

In my opinion a severely underrated song, sure it's not exactly what The Clash used to be, but give Joe Strummer credit. His vocals sound amazing on this song, a nice curtain call for one of the greatest bands of all time

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