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.

This is a true punk song, this song describes punk blitzkrieg bop is pop rock

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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.

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.

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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

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

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.

Legendary 90s

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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.

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.

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8 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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9 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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10 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

The Contenders

11 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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12 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!

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13 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...

14 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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15 Last Caress - The Misfits

Brilliant song, but I personally prefer it by Metallica.

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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!

Amazing lyrics, riffs, vocals!
A total must - hear

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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 classic

18 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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19 Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag V 1 Comment
20 Story of My Life - Social Distortion

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

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1. London Calling - The Clash
2. Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
3. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
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1. Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
2. Judy Is a Punk - The Ramones
3. Kick Out the Jams - Mc5
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1. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
2. Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
3. London Calling - The Clash
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