Top Ten Most Punk Sounding Songs of the 1960s

The Top Ten

1 Kick Out the Jams - Mc5

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

That's because it is punk. - Brobusky

2 I Wanna Be Your Dog - Stooges
3 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...

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

Ripped off song

8 All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
9 You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
10 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.

The Contenders

11 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.

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

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

21 Cold Turkey - Big Boy Pete
22 Stengun - Linda Van Dyck
23 Tartarex - The Petards
24 Better Days - Thor's Hammer
25 She's a Girl - The Attraction
26 I'm Coming Home - The Rising Storm
27 Action Woman - The Litter
28 Spazz - Elastic Band
29 Bad Girl - The Zakary Thaks
30 Stop and Listen - The Shag
31 Beaver Patrol - The Wilde Knights
32 She'll Be Sweeter Than You - Nix Nomads
33 Bad Little Woman - The Wheels
34 Anymore Than I Do - The Attack
35 Father's Name is Dad - Fire
36 Next in Line - The Birds
37 Making Time - The Creation
38 Tom Tom - The Creation
39 Are You Ready - Grand Funk Railroad
40 The Ox - The Who
41 I'm Branded - Link Wray
42 Psychotic Reaction - Positively 13 O'Clock
43 He's Waitin' - The Sonics
44 What Goes On - The Velvet Underground
45 Stop It Baby - The Heard
46 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

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