Greatest Punk Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Cover Art

This song is the quintessence of punk rock. Without any doubts, this song will live on forever.

My top 5:
1. Basket Case - Green Day
2. Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
3. Longview - Green Day
4. Anarchy In The U.K. - Sex Pistols
5. American Idiot - Green Day
Then some songs from the clash (London Calling, Complete Control... )

This is the catchiest and most well written Punk song of all time. London Calling is the only punk song on par with it too. Ramones really knew how to rock the punk scene and this is their crown achievement.

Oh come on! Green Day wrote the best punk song ever? Get real! Listen to real punk like the Ramones first album or The Clash's first album

Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols Cover Art

I don't know how people think when they vote here, but I think this list is wrong because people forget about the early punk rock bands. If bands like Green Day and Rise Against counts as punk rock bands I think the top 10 should be:

1. Anarchy In The U. K - Sex Pistols
2. Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
3. White Riot - The Clash
4. Holiday In Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
5. American Idiot - Green Day
6. Complete Control - The Clash
7. The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
8. God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
9. Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
10. London Calling - The Clash

I have been thinking for several minutes, how ever I think that this song must be at the top of the chart. Longview it's a great song and I love it, and blitzkrieg bop it better than it also, but it's not my ramones favourite song. This is my point, this song shows what punk is about, the voice of Johnny, the guitar of Steve, the personality of Sid and the drums of Paul. I think this is a powerful song, it's amazing, It's what punk is about: rebellion, a distorted sound and the idea of anarchysm. That's all.

Awesome song. Should be way higher up on the list, but half the songs here aren't even punk.

This song (along with God Save the Queen) galvanized a Revolution. It provoked thought and poked life into the simple minded. Was the first political punk song and when punk was first acknowledged as a threat. Powerful song, excellent music, and caused way more anarchy than even self professed anarcho punk bands could ever claim.

London Calling - The Clash London Calling - The Clash Cover Art

I love this song! This is the best song by the clash and hope it remains in history forever!

First, I don't know how Yellowcard or Good Charlette made it on the list. OLD Green Day and Blink are amazing, but there is no way they could ever compete with London Calling. This is often put in the top twenty greatest songs of all time, it started riots in London and was banned on many radio station. That is Punk!

I listened to London Calling and I listened to Longview. And honestly don't you guys lie to yourself when you say London Calling is more punk rock than Longview? Or the same thing with Basket Case and American Idiot.

Ahh...The Clash! I've never thought of The Ramones as a punk band, so to have them as a choice for number 1 punk song feels wrong. But The Clash are the second punk band I ever listened to, after Sex Pistols. So, I'll vote for Sex Pistols as my number 2 choice, and The Clash NUMBER ONE!

Basket Case - Green Day Basket Case - Green Day Cover Art

I can play this song on guitar, and I LOVE IT! Green Day is the best band ever

BEST SONG ever! I love this song so much! I seem to constantly have it in my head because it's so catchy! I do just generally love Green Day but this is one of my favorites by them! WOO GO BILLIE! ^L^

It's a kick in the ass for anyone who listens to the songs on this list that sound the same.

This is one of the best songs ever. It remains one of my favourites, even in view of more popular Green Day songs. May this be a long standing top ten punk song.

God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols Cover Art

Great pure punk song... When I think about it... It's really hard to list all the great punk songs in order, there's so many... But I don't think I agree with this list

It's a damn shame all these green day fangirls can't tell the difference between punk rock and POP-punk. Blink-182 writes about their girlfriends. The Pistols wrote about Anarchy.

The song is funny true (also about the queen not being a human being) hilarious amazing but also true and it comes fro the heart and soul give cheer and never mind the bollocks here's the sex pistols

He song is funny true (also about the queen not being a human being) hilarious amazing but also true and it comes fro the heart and soul give cheer and never mind the bollocks here's the sex pistols

Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys Cover Art

More relevant today that it was 40 (REALLY?!?) years ago. Perfect message to the rich, pampered SJW crowd. I tried to make it the theme song for my MBA class, it really being a message to the rest of them.

I like some of the other songs higher on the list, but the Dead Kennedys are actually Punk Rock, albums are not made for money, but to say F YOU everyone.

Sorry guys, but Green Day and Blink 182 aren't punk at all compared to stuff like this, although they are good. This needs to be higher

Lyrically, this song is awesome. Musically, this song is awesome. If any boring by Green Day is higher then the gods that are the Dead Kennedys, I wonder what the fate of humanity could possibly be: a pretty terrible one.

Longview - Green Day Longview - Green Day Cover Art

This is one of Green Days standout songs. awesome bass and drums not to mention lyrics.

My favorite song it's so relate able and actually shows that Green Day is one of the best songwriting bands ever

Best bass line, tight drums and bass are a must in a successful band, excellent singing by Billie Joe, all around great punk song.
100% talent

Many guys keep saying that Green Day are sellouts so they aren't punk. But nobody ever said that you mustn't be succesful to be a punk rock band. And yes, the 2012 trilogy is more pop punk, warning is no punk but American idiot and 21st Century Breakdown is the mix between punk rock and alternative rock. And just because songs don't sound like the Ramones, it doesn't mean that these songs aren't punk. I hope you can understand me and anyway I really like the Ramones, the clash, sex pistols and so on...

Welcome to Paradise - Green Day Welcome to Paradise - Green Day Cover Art

Awesome song!!! I got the see them live in Houston

I listen to this song almost every day, just because I love it so much! For me, this is the Green Day song that best represents punk rock. GO Green Day!

Here is a green day song that is punk

Awweeesoommmeee song

I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones Cover Art

I think this song has best melody for a punk song

I don't know who votes here but this song should be at least #3!

I'm not a huge punk fan but this song is simply amazing.

Easily my favorite punk song of all time. No list is complete without it!

Last Caress - The Misfits Last Caress - The Misfits Cover Art

Brilliant song, but I personally prefer it by Metallica.

Has to be top5!

It's actually a punk song, and a great one at that. Oh, and Green Day isn't punk, its pop rock and sucks.

The Contenders

Search and Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges Search and Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges Cover Art

There is way to much green day and blink 182 on this list, it's to bad that people are only know the "punk" that MTV shoves in their face and doesn't know anything about black flag, the dead kennedys, misfits, and the clash

Iggy Pop. Enough Said.

Before punk became just another cheap product for the consumers head

Real Punk Rock, even before the term "Punk Rock" was coined.

Sheena is a Punk Rocker - The Ramones Sheena is a Punk Rocker - The Ramones Cover Art

One of the Ramones greatest songs. My name is Shawn so I sing, "Shawnie is a punk rocker now! " Seriously great punk though...

Way better than Bop

Survive - Rise Against Survive - Rise Against Cover Art

This song gives enough motivation to survive a life time

One of my favourite songs of all time! Easily worthy to be on this list.

Better than the other! Too much listening the classic punk one!

Inspirational and motivational

Complete Control - The Clash Complete Control - The Clash Cover Art

THE best punk song of all time. Period. No room for debate and there is no need to even think about this one.

The best punk song. Although it will never get the recognition it deserves, the clash made a masterpiece when writing this song

All The Small Things? THIS is the best punk song ever written.

Just listened to this for the first time based on the comments. Agree. Pure awesome.

Story of My Life - Social Distortion Story of My Life - Social Distortion Cover Art

One of the greatest songs written. Backed up by great music.

Impossible not to sing along

Should be 1st not 20

Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies Cover Art

The best punk song from the best punk soundtrack to the best punk movie ever. Enough said. "Let's get sushi and not pay."

Great song reflecting true life

All I wanted was a Pepsi!

They were my neighbors in Venice back in early early 80s

Brain Stew - Green Day Brain Stew - Green Day Cover Art

That's because boulevard and 21 guns aren't even punk rock at all

This songs is way more punk than Boulevard of Broken Dreams or 21 Guns.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams and 21 Guns is mainly alternative rock

Better than their new stuff. American Idiot? LOL

Judy Is a Punk - The Ramones

Best tempo'd punk song of all time. I'd listen to hours of this.

Kick Out the Jams - Mc5 Kick Out the Jams - Mc5 Cover Art

"Let me be who I am and let me kick out the jams"

I usually don't like live songs but this one is FANTASTIC

American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Cover Art

Awesome riffs and great solo...

I fell in love with Green Day after this song... LOVE IT!

This song is up there with the best for real it doesn't matter who you are or what music your into if your having an off day listen to this and you will feel amazing same goes for the rest of the album especially jesus of suburbia

Awesome music and lyrics. Never get tired of listening to this song. Even better live, a true test of its impact and its meaning. Just a great song.

Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag Cover Art

The best Cuckoo's nest Band. Black Flag was the band that started American punk. They should be 1!

My head really hurts...

Keith Morris HELL YES

Rise Above - Black Flag Rise Above - Black Flag Cover Art

This needs to be higher meine friends

This song lasted for so long and is still riot worthy!

Black flag for the win!

By the way, I don't think sellouts like Green Day should be in this list

Makes you wanna punch someone

Shocked it's not in the top 10. Probably because hardcore punk frightens Blink 182 fans.

So What - Anti-Nowhere League So What - Anti-Nowhere League Cover Art

so what

I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges Cover Art

I think the Stooges where the first band to play music that we would recognise as punk now in the late 60's. The first punk ad to be him Morrison of the doors, what a guy, recognized by Iggy as a massive influence!

1969, brill, anyone who hasn't heard this album have a listen. Fairplay to everyone who put Green Day up. Punk was about being yourself and having fun!

Iggy Pop's masterpiece from 1969 (! ), being way ahead of its time. He was one of the pioneers when it comes to punk music.

Saw stooges at glastonbury, a few years back, old timers but they sure can rock

Rock the Casbah - The Clash Rock the Casbah - The Clash Cover Art

Never not cool, under any circumstances.

Shocked there isn't more Clash in the top 10. Rock the Casbah is a masterpiece.

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