Greatest Punk Songs Of All Time
The Top Ten
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... )
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
Fast, catchy, cool, and minimalist. Gets you pumped and nostalgic. Showed short bursts of energy is more effective than 15 dreadful minutes of guitar soloing. - shawnwalkerV 29 Comments
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. - shawnwalkerV 27 Comments
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.
Don't know how Green Day made it on this list but The Clash or The Ramones were infinitely better than Green Day. To be honest I thinks its disrespectful to include Green Day in the same sentence as these 2 great bands. I shall say nothing further on the matter and please excuse me while I take a shower to wash of the dirtiness of mentioning them in the same sentence.
How is Green Day ahead of the only band that matters? And how is this the only Clash song on this list?V 14 Comments
This is one of Green Days standout songs. awesome bass and drums not to mention lyrics. - willhiltonmitch
Best bass line, tight drums and bass are a must in a successful band, excellent singing by Billie Joe, all around great punk song.
My favorite song it's so relate able and actually shows that Green Day is one of the best songwriting bands ever
Best song ever to listen to in the carV 56 Comments
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.
Why is this on the list? Green Day is not punk, it's pop.
Green day is classic punk with a little pop in a few songs. But most of its good music is punk and hard rock. 'Basket Case' along with 'Jesus of Suburbia' are considered to be punk rock classics. - Skymoon22V 17 Comments
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.
Raw, aggressive energy, mixed with politically astute lyrics. God Save the Queen effectively personifies punk attitude, lyrics, and music, whilist also giving a voice to the disenfranchised working class. It attacked the " s***s tem" in a way that has never been matched. Gave birth to the, "No Future" generation, lyrics still apply to modern day England, and is a fantastic punk rock anthem. Excellent lyrics/vocals and great guitar riffing. Great song period. - shawnwalkerV 10 Comments
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.
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.
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
This has to be the ultimate punk record. It is Punk music, in everyway possible. Group artists with real punk attitude. Lyrics which capture the punk spirit. Music with the same intensity and menace that goes with the Lyrics.
Even the super punk groups the likes of Sex Pistols, the clash, the undertones, the buzzcocks pale into insignificance when measured against this track. Only Stiff Little Fingers come close.
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
powerfulV 3 Comments
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
My top 10 Green Day songs
9, american idiot
7, 21 guns
6, hitching a ride
4,king for a day
3,nice guys finish last
...ANDD NUMBER 1
1 tie between basket case or holiday
"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
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 songV 1 Comment
I've known this song forever, before I was into this kinda music I don't see why it's not higher up!
Least punk rock song ever. Blink isn't even a little punk they're emo pop punk - SmileyStudios
A song of defining punk act in modern era... Its an all around punk song with its music up-beat, vocals, guitar-riffs and the facts goes-on and on... Simply the best.
Great song, great music video, all around great stuff. If that's not enough just listen to the album.
No. Just no. Wow dare anyone say this ABONINATION is punk?V 14 Comments
Great guitar riffs, rap-rock feel to it. And lyrics that scream punk rock. 'enough said?
This song is so punky it should be no1 but there's one song ahead that beats it all the small things American idiot could the clash their so not punk - ryanstorm
Hard to vote because I love all these songs, but seriously, this son is PUNK. The definition of this song is punk rock. Nothing else to say. It's closely followed by Basket Case, but this ones the best.
Sum 41 and Green Day (especially the earlier stuff) ARE punk. Although Blink-182 aren't.V 14 Comments
One of the Ramones greatest songs. My name is Shawn so I sing, "Shawnie is a punk rocker now! " Seriously great punk though...V 1 Comment
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
Just listened to this for the first time based on the comments. Agree. Pure awesome.
All The Small Things? THIS is the best punk song ever written.V 2 Comments
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. - shawnwalkerV 3 Comments
Brilliant song, but I personally prefer it by Metallica.V 1 Comment
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!V 1 Comment
Are you kidding me? this isn't punk! this isn't even pop punk! this is an alternative rock song! this isn't supposed to be in this list!
Everyone knows this song, even if you don't like this music you've heard it
This is not even a punk rock or pop punk song at all; it is alternative rock. I wonder how this song came in this list, but it is a good song.
Good song, but a non-punk song. - InartV 12 Comments
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!
Amazing lyrics, riffs, vocals!
A total must - hear
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Top Remixes (34)
2. Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
3. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
2. Judy Is a Punk - The Ramones
3. Kick Out the Jams - Mc5
2. Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
3. London Calling - The Clash
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