Best The Clash Songs


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.

2 Train In Vain

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

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

3 Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Nowhere near a top 10 Clash song. - jonnyjby

I would stay for The Clash. - Userguy44

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.

4 Rock the Casbah

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

I can't stop listening this song. - Userguy44

Catchiest song of all time. Period.

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!

5 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

6 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.

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...

Definitive Clash musically and lyrically. The best 4 minute summation of what The Clash are and will always be remembered as.

8 Lost in the Super Market

About feeling lost in life. Brilliant song.

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.

1 Comment
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 Police & Thieves

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

Why so low!. Brilliant song

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

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

The Contenders

11 Clampdown

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 - RIDDLER2K15

Powerful riff and awesome rhymes

Thé best andré thé Orly one

12 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

13 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

14 Complete Control

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 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.

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

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

15 Spanish Bombs

History, poetry, politics and punk rock a deadly mx

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

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.

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

16 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

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..

17 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.😀

18 Cheat
19 Bankrobber

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

Broke so many stereotypes in the uk at the time

Better than London calling

Record of the Summer

20 Rudie Can't Fail

Very underrated. Amazing arrangement, production and melodies. - jonnyjby

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.

21 Safe European Home

This is one of the greatest tunes

great song

22 Garageland
23 Tommy Gun

Underrated - Undistinguished

24 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.

25 I'm Not Down

This is at least a top 5 The Clash song. Most voters obviously don't listen to whole albums to discover the gems which is a shame. This, the title track, Rudie and Hateful all belong at the absolute top. No early songs should have a place in such a tight space, they simply don't hold that higher standard. - jonnyjby

Crazy how underrated this song is, one of their best

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

26 What's My Name
27 1977
28 Guns on the Roof
29 Hitsville U.K.
30 Brand New Cadillac
31 Stay Free

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 :-)

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

Such a good song

32 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.

33 Janie Jones
34 I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.
35 Capital Radio One
36 Revolution Rock

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

37 London's Burning

The guitar kicks some serious ass - GuyInANateGrinder

It's just one of their best

38 Hateful

What the hell is this song doing on place 38? It's a top 5 song. Pop masterpiece. - jonnyjby

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.

39 The Card Cheat

Should be here. Not a typical Clash song... But it would have got my vote.

40 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

41 Remote Control


42 Wrong 'Em Boyo

Such an underrated song! One of my favourites from London calling.

43 Washington Bullets


44 English Civil War
45 Charlie Don't Surf

One of their best!

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

46 Cheapskates
47 Protex Blue
48 Lover's Rock
49 Armagideon Time

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

50 Know Your Rights

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

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1. Death or Glory
2. (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
3. Train In Vain
1. London Calling
2. Complete Control
3. Straight to Hell
1. (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
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