Top Ten Most Punk Sounding Songs of the 1960s


The Top Ten

1 I Wanna Be Your Dog - Stooges
2 I Heard Her Call My Name - The Velvet Underground

Lou Reed really outdid himself in this one. The vocals and the lyrics are very good, and the guitar solo is worth a mention, too! It's so sad just because it's heavier than their psychedelic/poppy songs it's so underrated... - somekindofaguy

3 She's Got Eyes that Tell Lies - Him and the Others
4 Pushin' Too Hard - Seeds
5 Cinderella - The Sonics
6 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

Ripped off song

7 All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
8 You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
9 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

However it's mentioned everywhere as proto-metal, it's closer to punk than metal. There is hardly any elements in this song that sounds like inspried metal, but you can hear elements through the song that sounds like inspired punk. - somekindofaguy

10 My Generation - The Who

Antisocial lyrics, raw and angry vocals and stripped down power chord guitar riffs. Sounds like punk to me. - TheStargazer

@TheStargazer Yes, it is punk enough, too. The earlier Who with their wild behavior and loud music influented the later punk music very well, no doubt. - somekindofaguy

The Newcomers

? Kick Out the Jams - Mc5

This one is really sounds like a pure punk rock song from 1969 - somekindofaguy

That's because it is punk. - Brobusky

The Contenders

11 You Really Got Me - The Kinks
12 Strychnine - Sonics
13 Leaving Here - The Birds
14 It Always Happens that Way - The Shadows of Knight
15 I'm a Man - The Elois
16 You're Driving Me Insane - The Missing Links
17 Crawdaddy Simone - The Syndicates
18 It's Shocking What They Call Me - The Game
19 I Don't Care - Thor's Hammer

Wow, midblowing list! Great sixties unknown ( or almost ) gems.

20 Cold Turkey - Big Boy Pete
21 Stengun - Linda Van Dyck
22 Tartarex - The Petards
23 Better Days - Thor's Hammer
24 She's a Girl - The Attraction
25 I'm Coming Home - The Rising Storm
26 Action Woman - The Litter
27 Spazz - Elastic Band
28 Bad Girl - The Zakary Thaks
29 Stop and Listen - The Shag
30 Beaver Patrol - The Wilde Knights
31 She'll Be Sweeter Than You - Nix Nomads
32 Bad Little Woman - The Wheels
33 Anymore Than I Do - The Attack
34 Father's Name is Dad - Fire
35 Next in Line - The Birds
36 Making Time - The Creation
37 Tom Tom - The Creation
38 Are You Ready - Grand Funk Railroad
39 The Ox - The Who
40 I'm Branded - Link Wray
41 Psychotic Reaction - Positively 13 O'Clock
42 He's Waitin' - The Sonics
43 What Goes On - The Velvet Underground
44 Stop It Baby - The Heard
45 1523 Blair - The Outcasts

All those garage-punk bands from the mid-sixties shows us that punk was really born in that period. We can ask ourselves if proto-punk is a good name to indicate those sounds? Because at that moment it's giving power to mid-seventies punk as a new kind ( or invention ) of music when in reality it is more like some kind of revival, an update of music that was already there in 1965-1968. Also, on one of the earliest compilations of mid-sixties sounds ( Nuggets in 1972 ) they refer on the notes the music as punk ( Original notes by Lenny Kaye who was the guitarist of the Patti Smith group some years later ). So, even the name as music genre isn't something invented in the seventies by the so-called punk-groups. Even so -called proto punk bands like the MC5 were in 1966 already sounding very punk ( just listen to " I just don't know " or " Looking at you " ( first version ), " Can only give you everything ", " powertrip " etc... ). It would have been better ( but history has decided ) ...more

46 Cuttin' Grass - Caretakers of Deception
47 On the Road South - Stereo Shoestrings
48 Frustration - The Mystic Tide
49 Got the Thing on the Move - Grand Funk Railroad
50 Slapneck 1943 - The French Church
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