Greatest Punk Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

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.

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... )
5.

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

It hurts me when bands like Green ay have three songs on the top 10 punk songs. Sure they are good but punk? come on. These are the same people who call 5 Seconds of Summer punk. Ramones, Clash, Bad Religion, Rancid this is where punk is at.

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2 Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols

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.

The Stranglers Hanging Around...best punk rock song of all time....

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3 London Calling - The Clash

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!

London is drowning and I live by the river

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4 God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols

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

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

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.

There is a bunch of songs here that have ansolutley nothing to do with Punk, if you think Blink 182 is a great punk band then I'd hate to break your capitalist heart. Punk isn't a style but it is the realizatoon of the problem in the political system. A real punk band is put there for the music and the revolition, not the fame. I hardly see Pop punk, a genre made with the fusion of soft pointless songs and an actual music movement as part of this list. Stop callinv yourself punk if you like songs like Still Standing.

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5 Basket Case - Green Day

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. - stajo08

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.

The best Song aver!

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6 Longview - Green Day

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

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

Greatest bass line ever

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7 Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys

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.

Deserves to have a higher position, Dead Kennedys are actually amazing

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8 Search and Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges

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

powerful

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9 Kick Out the Jams - Mc5

"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

10 Welcome to Paradise - Green Day

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

There is no amount of GD hate rated that one man can drink to make them hate this songs. It's simply too catchy and yes I admit GD became more pop-punk and alt-rock after the 90s but that stuff is good anyways but Dookie was the most punkish you can get

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The Newcomers

? Eat that Rat - The Ramones
? Savior - Skillet

The Contenders

11 American Idiot - Green Day

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

i love it

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12 Last Caress - The Misfits

Brilliant song, but I personally prefer it by Metallica.

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

13 I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

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!

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

1. Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols
2. Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
3. Blitzkreig Bop - Ramones
4. Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
5. Should I Stay or should I Go - The Clash
6. You're gonna go far kid - the Offspring
7. What's my age again? - Blink-182
8. Fat Lip - Sum 41
9. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
10. Basket Case - Green Day

14 Sheena is a Punk Rocker - The Ramones

Way better than Bop - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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

15 Complete Control - The Clash

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.

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16 Survive - Rise Against

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

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17 California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys

To bad these pop-punk fangirls don't know anything about real punk. This song is far better than anything Green Day or Blink-182 ever did. The Dead Kennedys unapologetically told it like it is on issues that matter. Blink whines about how much they miss their girlfriends.

Haha! That comment is HILARIOUS! Bands like Sex Pistols and Dead Kennedys sang about important subjects, whereas Blink 182 and similar pop bands think whining about a broken heart is punk! Punk is contention against apathy and animosities of the government and people in general. Pistols and Kennedys I think best express this. Johnny Rotten and Jello Biafra= geniuses. - shawnwalker

Shame this is not on top tens, it really is the best of all this songs, you could listen to this all day and don't get tired of it.

There's always room for Jello in the top 10. This song should be there! Show some respect.

A punk masterpiece

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18 Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag

My head really hurts...

Keith Morris HELL YES

19 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges

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. - Gulf5

If you listen to no fun by the stooges I think you quickly realise how poor the Pistols version is.

The Pistols version kicks the crap out of the Stooges version! Unlike you, I like both, but the Pistols version is much more raw and well, fun. - shawnwalker

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20 Story of My Life - Social Distortion

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

Impossible not to sing along

21 The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring

Damn this is hard... to pick between two equally amazing songs, but my vote is the kids aren't alright over self-esteem because it needs the vote more and to anyone says Americana wasn't as good as Smash screw you!

If we're talking best PUNK rock songs, the offspring should be in the top 10!

The offspring should at least be in the top 5!

Great intro, Great solo, and especially Great lyrics. I'm happy that they wrote a song about reality, this song may be depressing but it's the truth. #TheOffspring.

I recommend this song to any guitarists who's looking for a challenging and great song.

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22 Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies

Great song reflecting true life - sextysex

All I wanted was a pepsi!

All I wanted wasa pepsi just ONE PEPSI and she says NO you're on drugs and I'm like MOM I just thinking NO you're ON DRUGS

23 Judy Is a Punk - The Ramones

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

powerful

24 Brain Stew - Green Day

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 - zxm

My fave guitar riff of all time #AMERICANIDIOTSUCKS

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25 Rise Above - Black Flag

This needs to be higher meine friends
- Rassta-Blassta

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

RISE ABOVE... Green Day, Sum 41, and Blink-182

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26 Neat Neat Neat - The Damned

No argument - ever

Definitely top 20 - Cyrobian

The opener for the first punk rock album in the UK. Can't get any more classic than that.

stunning

27 So What - Anti-Nowhere League

so what

28 New Noise - Refused

For New Noise to not even be in the Top 10 is a tragedy.

29 Blood-Red White & Blue - Rise Against
30 Clash City Rockers - The Clash
31 God Save Us All - Sum 41
32 New Rose - The Damned

It's generally regarded as the first British Punk-Rock-Single (released 22/10/76) and remains a timeless classic, therefore belongs in Top 5. What's wrong with the people who vote for this lists?

#32 - what a laugh.

Classic. Keep the comments coming they make me laugh not in a bad way! Guess site is us surprised rsmones, rsmones is not here, covered brill by mitorhead too

33 Rock the Casbah - The Clash

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

34 Pay to C** - Bad Brains
35 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - Sex Pistols
36 Stay Together for the Kids - Blink-182
37 Welcome to My Life - Simple Plan

This song is kinda like a power punk ballad

Very meaningful and awesome. SP's best song ever!

38 Heaven Knows - Rise Against
39 My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down - The Ramones

The song is actually called "Bonzo goes to Bitburg." - justdenise54

40 Progress - Bad Religion

Bad religion is the best punk band in my opinion. They have decent lyrics, a good sound and have been making plenty of good music. Also they haven't broken up yet like so many punk bands. It's dissapointing to see Green Days American idiot song, which isn't punk at all, in the top ten. Bad religion is much better than Green Day and deserves to be in the top ten ASAP

Weird choice, but I have to agree. Every bad religion song should be within the top 500

41 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Green Day has few songs down the list but apart from Basket Case, Longview and Welcome to Paradise, there more of Green Day's alt rock style! This song however is a mix of both styles and I love it! Jesus of Suburbia is the Stairway to Heaven of Punk Rock! - micdanchris

Annoying how to best songs are put at the worst place. Green Day all the way!

This song is the anthem of my life. Could listen to it all day.

This song should be on number 1

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42 Poison Heart - Ramones

Excellent Dee Dee composition and Joey's vocals are just gut wrenchingly powerful. A dark attack/acknowledgement of this apathetic world. Has great Johnny punk guitars and a fantastic Joey vocal performance that conveys really powerful emotions. Underrated punk gem and one of the best songs ever period. - shawnwalker

Most of the time Johnny Ramone's barre chord riffs become monotonous. Though those are great. But this riff is more technically played. More unique sound. - zxm

43 Murder on the Airwaves - Zebrahead

Finally! Zebrahead gets a shout on one of these lists

44 Bodies - Sex Pistols

Amazing, totally underrated song...

Amazing song. The aggression captivates punk in a single song.

45 The Guns of Brixton - The Clash

Just look how many covers of this song was made. This song is the best mix of reggae and punk.

Killer bass line. Another work of musical art by the Clash.

46 I Fought the Law - The Clash

A punk anthem. Even though they didn't originally write it, it was the Clash who immortalized it.

47 Still Breathing - Green Day
48 Silly Thing - Sex Pistols
49 The River - Good Charlotte

Just a brilliant song! And its featuring members of my favorite band. Nothing better than this. Fat Lip would be my second pick.

I love this song so much, the lyrics are so meaningful. This song has helped me through a lot, and it features 2 members from my all time favorite band. Truly a masterpiece if you havnt heard it your missing out on a lot

I love love love this tune, one of the better ones of new good charlotte!

This song is the best, I don't really think it is a punk song, but the lyrics in this is so great and guitar work in this is absoloutly mad! Vote for The River! It is a perfect song by a legendary ban

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50 Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys

Best Dead Kennedys-Song, one of the best lyrics ever written.

Excellent hardcore song about things that matter.

My top so far:
1. Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys
2. American Idiot - Green Day
3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
4. Rockaway Beach - Ramones
5. Pet Sematary - Ramones
6. Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
7. Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
8. Basket Case - Green Day
9. London Calling - The Clash
10. Teenage Lobotomy - Ramones

Honourable Mentions:
Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop, Cretin Hop, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, I Don't Want to Grow Up
The Clash: Lost in the Supermarket, Guns of Brixton, Train in Vain
Green Day: Longview, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, Whatsername
Dead Kennedys: Let's Lynch the Landlord, Chemical Warfare, California Uber Alles
Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the UK

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