Best Songwriters in Punk Rock


The Top Ten

1 Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

Jello's a punk icon with probably the most recognizable voice in punk rock. - cjWriter1997

Smart, witty, angry and funny. a lot of social and political criticism with a lot of satire and sarcasm. Criticizes both the "left" and the "right" of the political spectrum (I hate that some label them "left wing"). Right up my alley. What punk is about. - THC13

2 Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author.

Bad Religion withhold some of the best lyrics in Punk rock. - cjWriter1997

One of the most intelligent person in music and his lyrics show it. - THC13

3 Penny Rimbaud (Crass)

A band with a lot to say. - THC13

4 Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion)

Great songwriter. Right there with Graffin. - THC13

5 Dick Lucas (Subhumans)

Another band with a lot to say. - THC13

6 Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni)

A certified schizo who wrote one of their albums while locked up in a nut house. Dark, twisted, gloomy, weird but also intelligent, deep and socially aware. One hell of an artist too. He does the artwork on every one of their albums. Check out his artwork. Bassist Grant Matthews also writes some of their songs. - THC13

7 Greg Ginn (Black Flag)

One frustrated, pissed off dude. Makes for great songwriting. - THC13

8 Dave Insurgent (Reagan Youth)

Punk rock poet. - THC13

9 Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.
10 Bill Stevenson (Descendents, All)

All members of The Descendents and All write songs. I believe Stevenson is the best in both bands (which is the same but with a different singer). He writes punk rock love songs that are sometimes sad and always a little twisted and comical. I believe he may have written or co wrote a couple of Black Flag songs too. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Joe Strummer (The Clash) Joe Strummer (The Clash) John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

Great lyrics. Too bad he didn't practice what he preached. He was a hypocrite. - THC13

12 Henry Rollins (Black Flag) Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
13 Pete Wentz Pete Wentz Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979)is an American musician. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. Before Fall Out Boy's inception in 2001, Wentz was a fixture of the Chicago hardcore scene and was notably the lead more.
14 Glenn Danzig (Danzig) Glenn Danzig (Danzig) Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.
15 Tim Armstrong

Tim Timebomb still going strong

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