Punk Songs With the Best Lyrics

To be honest most people don't pay attention to the lyrics in punk songs. This is a list showing my top ten songs when considering how the lyrics and beat flow.

The Top Ten

1 Holiday - Green Day

The best analogies, metaphors, and symbolism, all while pertaining to the plotline of the rock opera *and* the modern age. No small feat.

I'm wondering how many number ones Green Day have in this web site and how many songs and albums are up to the top 10 love Green Day!

A war protest in it's finest form.

Green Day are god of punk rock...

2 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

its about his dad dying thats pretty deep

This song is not even remotely punk rock - SmileyStudios

3 American Idiot - Green Day

I think its great

4 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

For a song to be 9:08 minutes long and still be as interesting deserves the number 1 spot. - georgielikesgreenday

Love all there song. But for me this is their most complete offering to date. Fantastic song from the start to the end.

Green Day has the best punk lyrics - mr_crossover27

The most complete song I have ever heard from GD. it has everything!

5 Say It Ain't So - Weezer

Since when would Weezer be considered punk?!

6 Dammit - Blink-182
7 Adam's Song - Blink 182
8 Under the Bridge - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

I know its iffy but the red hot chili peppers in my mind are punk it takes guts to confess to a heroine addiction

Awesome song will go down as one of the greats!

Great lyrics, but not punk!

Love the Chilis but this is a punk list

9 Savior - Rise Against

Not really the best lyrically song by RA in my opinion although it is better lyrically than Holiday by GD, I guess this is just a popularity competition other then a best punk lyrics list, but lets be real isn't it though?

This song is real punk rock. Nirvana? RHCP? Weezer? They aren't punk! However, this song is so great; Rise Against is the best punk band ever? - rock2metal

Rise Against is the best band in the world, Green Day can't even be compared to these guys. This is probably rise against's best song so the best song of the best band = win.

10 The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring

The Contenders

11 Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys

Green Day has great lyrics, but this piece is very well-crafted. The lyrics send shivers down your spine with an unmatched profound brutality. - JoLeKosovo

THIS is real punk... not Green Day or Fall Out Boy. This are tru punk lyrics

Green Day can't compare...


12 Dumb - Nirvana

The lyrics in this song are vague yet easy to relate to. And yes, Nirvana is punk.

Nirvana isn't punk per se but these lyrics are good. You kind of listen to it and you're like... What? But then you kind of see the hidem meaning in it as you listen more

13 Kotov Syndrome - Rise Against

yes I know rise against number 2 but Tim McIlrath lyrics are fantastic

14 Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - Rise Against

This song is simply incredible. The lyrics are beautifully written, and can relate to anyone. - RiseAgainstSOT

15 Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance

Best band ever ❤❤❤ all their song's lyrics are awesome and touchy they have song for every feeling so I listen to them 24/7😭❤❤ best band, best songs, best members they're cute, sexy, funny, sweet, succeeded, simply legends ❤
And Gerard's voice makes the songs even better he's amazing 😭❤
Proud to be their fan hjdkfkgjbsbfkfkddhdjf 😭😭😭❤❤❤❤""

16 I Delete - TV Smith

"The only way to make my life complete - I DELETE. I saw the CCTV footage, but I swear I wasn't there. You can catch me red-handed, I'll swear it isn't fair and even when the proof has been produced, still I won't believe that it is true. I DELETE"

There isn't one real punk song in the Top 10. Ridiculous! - punksnotdead

17 Search And Destroy - The Stooges

Lets at least get The Stooges past Billy Idol... Please!

Dead Kennedys and this are the only two legitimate songs on this list of punk lyrics.
And this one isn't even punk, Stooges are the grandfathers of punk. '90s pop punk or just wearing eyeliner is not punk. Where are the Ramones? Where's Sex Pistols? Bikini Kill? Sonic Youth? Replacements? Black Flag? Ugh my soul hurts.

18 Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

Simply the pinnacle of punk lyrics. "Dance, dance we're falling apart to half time..."

19 Expensive Being Poor - TV Smith

Unfortunately, the sample here is the worst version possible - listen to "Useless" for better understanding and, ideally, see him live!

20 Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol

good wordplay one of his more poppy songs

21 Lithium - Nirvana
22 Blood-Red, White, and Blue - Rise Against
23 I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You - The Ramones
24 Saturday - Fall Out Boy

The best closing song for any concert bar none.

Oh when you listen to this song live...

Amazing song... Just amazing... These lyrics are my life (unfortunately :P) - Drum_Solo

25 Sex & Violence - The Exploited

Only put this in as a joke, to see if it actually gets accepted.

26 Outsider Artist - Paranoid Visions
27 Bodies - Sex Pistols
28 The Decline - NOFX

An 18 minute song filled with intelligent commentary. Probably my favorite song lyrically.
My favorite verse :
"And so we go, on with our lives
We know the truth, but prefer lies
Lies are simple, simple is bliss
Why go against tradition when we can
Admit defeat, live in decline
Be the victim of our own design
The status quo, built on suspect
Why would anyone stick out their neck? " - JoLeKosovo

29 To the Core - Rise Against

Best screaming rage song ever.

30 This Year's War - Subhumans
31 Chain Saw - The Ramones
32 I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement - The Ramones
33 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
34 Clone Town - TV Smith
35 The KKK Took My Baby Away - The Ramones
36 White Riot - The Clash
37 Know Your Rights - The Clash
38 Straight to Hell - The Clash
39 Religion - Slime
40 The Murder of Liddle Towers - Angelic Upstarts

"Who killed Liddle? Did you kill Liddle? Police killed Liddle Towers."

41 Teenage Warning - Angelic Upstarts
42 Religion - Pil

"...and pray to the God of a bitch spelled backwards is dog..."

43 Last Night Another Soldier - Angelic Upstarts
44 Subvert City - Subhumans
45 Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
46 Banned from the Roxy - Crass
47 I Hate Hate - Reagan Youth
48 I've Heard It Before - Black Flag
49 No - Subhumans
50 Mice Race - Rudimentary Peni
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