Top 10 Best Pere Ubu Songs

Rooted in Cleveland, Ohio, Pere Ubu was central to the early development of punk and the New Wave genre, but they've always maintained a distinct sound that defies easy classification. Unorthodox? Check. Experimental? Absolutely. But that's what makes their discography such a treasure trove of musical exploration.

At the heart of Pere Ubu is frontman David Thomas, a distinctive voice and visionary force whose abstract lyrical landscapes and genre-defying sonic experiments have carved out a unique niche in rock history. The band's varied line-up over the years has also contributed to their sound's evolution, making each album a new revelation. From their early experimental punk leanings to their ventures into more synthesized sounds in the 80s, and their subsequent return to more guitar-based, rock-infused tunes, each era of Pere Ubu presents a unique facet to explore.

In this list, you'll discover songs that straddle the divide between punk rock and abstract art, music that provokes thought, incites feeling, and above all, breaks down conventional barriers. These are tracks that defy expectations, bursting through the boundaries of what was considered 'normal' at the time of their release and continue to do so even today.
The Top Ten
1 Final Solution

I think that we really need to come together as a team and push for the best possible outcome. If we start pushing really hard, we could end up with a 5-point lead. But come on now, this isn't rocket science.

"Jerry, pass to the wing."

"OK, coach, got it, thanks."


"But where are the shoes?"

Drums and bass are better on this song, but 30 Seconds Over Tokyo is rarely better.

Best song yet, one of the best songs in rock, with the best bassist's job.

2 30 Seconds Over Tokyo

David Thomas' apocalyptic lyrics take a pilot's-eye view of The Doolittle Raid, an air raid by the US on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on Honshu island during World War II. It was the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands and was the result of a desire expressed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Japan be bombed as soon as possible to boost public morale after the disaster at Pearl Harbor.

I can't believe that this song is not even number 1 on the list! If I were the creator of this list of the supposed best songs of Pere Ubu, this would undoubtedly be the best song. I also consider it one of the most solid songs that exist.

3 Non-Alignment Pact

I feel like this song should be absolutely number one. Best Pere Ubu song of all time!

Yes, it is definitely good. An unbeatable classic, no contest!

This song has to be included in the top 3. It's awesome.

4 Modern Dance

This song is powerful. I know it can climb up so high that it could be considered the song to reach the top spot. Come on.

Yeah, a simply magnificent song that could be number 1 indeed.

One of the greatest Pere Ubu songs ever made.

5 Street Waves

This is clearly the best song ever performed by Pere Ubu and recorded by Sebastian C. It is also one of the most underrated songs I've heard from this great band, which is not well-known at the moment. Just read the lyrical content and let's have a more complex discussion later!

6 Chinese Radiation

Such a magnificent song, it's hard to believe it is not number two at least!

What's this amazing track doing in the number 7 position? It is clearly a song that should be counted in the top 5 without any question!

This song is getting buried so fast. I can't believe it is not even included in the Top 3. This is disappointing!

7 Laughing
8 Navvy

Better than Humor Me. I also feel bad for hating this song before. Now it's a mental switch since it's now one of my favorite songs of all time. I love this song. Pick it to be number 1. Navvy for president of the list of best Pere Ubu songs!

Greatest rock song with the best drums, hands down!

Why did this song get out of the Top 5?

9 Heart of Darkness

I love rock songs like this one.

10 Humor Me
The Contenders
11 Small Was Fast
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