Best Songs from The Clash


The Top Ten

1 London Calling

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.

This is legit the best song ever, by the clash or any other band.

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2 Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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

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 going to stay and listen to this song.

I would stay for The Clash. - Userguy44

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3 Train In Vain

Cause of happiness which this song give, greeting to the clash fan's

This song is their best but not their most famous

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

For a band so dedicated to rebellion they show surprising skill at the art of the pop song

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4 Rock the Casbah

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!

Catchiest song of all time. Period.

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

I can't stop listening this song. - Userguy44

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5 The Guns of Brixton

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.

Greatest mix of reggae and punk

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

6 I Fought the Law

This one is DEFINITELY one of my favorites. I could head-bang to this all day!

How this song SHOULD have recorded initially.

Simply awesome one of the greatest songs

Top ten of its era

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7 (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais

Awesome. Just such an amazing beat and a great feel to it that puts it higher than even London CALLING itself!

Straight to Hell is my favorite but this one should definitely be higher as well

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...

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.

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8 Lost in the Super Market

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

This is one of the best songs ever. It's also a song I can relate to :). - AlfredFJones

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.

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9 Death or Glory

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. - edshu33

A great song, one of my favorites

I like this song. A lot

10 Career Opportunities

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

their best short, sharp punk anthem - welshyboy

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

My first clash song I'm 11

The Contenders

11 Clampdown

A powerful song about how we should avoid what society wants us to be, and we should do whatever we want - RIDDLER2K15

Powerful riff and awesome rhymes

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.

Thé best andré thé Orly one

12 White Riot

11? Okay but it's awesome - RIDDLER2K15

White riot
I wanna riot
White riot
A riot of my own!

16? Serious?
It's a masterpiece

13 Complete Control

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.

Energy, rage, wisdom, Zeitgeist, right in your face. Get you catched.

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14 Straight to Hell

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.

One of the most heartfelt songs I have ever heard

Only song that's had me hooked first time I heard it

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?

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15 Police & Thieves

Great song! Right up there with London calling and should I stay or should I go. - matty925

Why so low!. Brilliant song

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

16 Spanish Bombs

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.

History, poetry, politics and punk rock a deadly mx

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17 Bankrobber

Broke so many stereotypes in the uk at the time

Better than London calling

Record of the Summer


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18 Rudie Can't Fail

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.

19 The Magnificent Seven

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.

Should be on # 1!

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.'

My favourite Clash song.😀

20 Cheat
21 What's My Name
22 Tommy Gun
23 Clash City Rockers

I think this is just the most punk song they have. It's pure energy and I like it far more than some of their main songs. "Clash city rockers" shows the spirit of punk rock band.

24 Garageland
25 Hitsville U.K.
26 Safe European Home

This is one of the greatest tunes

great song

27 Brand New Cadillac
28 1977
29 Janie Jones
30 Stay Free

Surely this can't be the 39th best clash song it's brilliant

Such a good song

Just listen to it! This band are my youth, sadly only saw them once, that's a lot of diner money saved and singles not bought - Love everything from tghose first three albums but nothing more than Stay Free - maybe White Man, I fought the Law & White Riot - but does Casbah or Should I Stay get onto this list? Very obviously I'm way out of touch - listen to Stay Free :-)

31 I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.
32 Guns on the Roof
33 The Right Profile

I dedicate this and The Guns of Brixton to anyone who say they "sold out" and somehow became worse because they expanded from being a punk band. in my opinion better than anything( with a few exceptions) off of their first few albums. I'd rather have a masterpiece of rock than the same 2 minute song regurgitated album after album with minor differences in structure and composition.

This song gets me super pumped when I listen to it. It has an awesome buildup.

34 Police on My Back

I used to sing this while playing Pac-Man back in the day...I got the police on my back...

Top 5 con claridad absoluta.

35 Revolution Rock

Excellent blend of punk and reggae, with some killer drum fills thrown in. - ProfessorMercury

36 Capital Radio One
37 London's Burning

The guitar kicks some serious ass - GuyInANateGrinder

It's just one of their best

38 I'm Not Down

Unbelievable song that doesn't get recognition, one of the best ever

Crazy how underrated this song is, one of their best

39 This is Radio Clash

This song is their best song. It shows their diversity in the genre and it is just utterly amazing. I love this song and love jamming to it 24/7! Can't believe it's so low on this list. Shame!

An incredible song. So underrated


40 Hateful

Just so catchy, why the hell is it so far down this list?!

Simpy a great song. It has a wonderful solo and an upbeat tempo. I just love it.

41 Remote Control


42 Washington Bullets


43 Charlie Don't Surf

This is bull. 57 for one of the best clash songs

One of their best!

44 Cheapskates
45 Protex Blue
46 English Civil War
47 Lover's Rock
48 Armagideon Time

Great B side to London's Calling - check out the 12 inch mix.

49 Know Your Rights

Sharp protest song. Punk to the core, still maintains its wit.

50 Deny

So, I think it is the best song in their first album. Awesome part from 2:17.

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1. Death or Glory
2. (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
3. Train In Vain
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2. Complete Control
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