Top 10 Best Punk Rock Songs of All Time

In 1976, in the dark corners of New York City there came a sound that would blow out speakers with raw chords and lyrics. It smacked music lovers with a genre that spread like wildfire. In fact, it woke up the world of underground music clubs, and halls, that were deep within the city’s underground music scene.

Not to far away, a band of these non-stopping music vamps acted on this music vibe and they called themselves The Ramones. On the other side of anothe continent another band was developing in the UK that simply added to the scene, and they called themselves The Sex Pistols. These bands are just two of dozens and dozens of punk bands that formed and made it possible for the doors to be opened to the masses.

The music they were playing…punk rock. This music was like dynamite, ready to go off. And it did go off and made some of the best punk rock legends of the movement all too famous.

What many people didn’t realize that the punk music was already developing in places like CBGBs and the Dowry. The revolution of this scene, the punk rock scene, inspired and moved the entertainment business up a notch. It was also considered the “split of music genres”. Hence, it split the rock and roll music industry into revolutionizing another genre still heard–loud and sometimes clear–to this day.

Punk rock music and the beginning

The majority of people did see it as a “form of negation, which called upon teens and young adults” everywhere. Only because of the bands members looks and other ‘taboo’ like acts that can only be tied into their attidudes. Afterall, punk rock is a form of attitude; actually, it is all about attitude.

These Top 10 punk rock bands showed variety for music lovers while transforming emotional power within their voices. Their instruments just helped. What began is a love/hate relationships for music critics and die-hard punk rock music fans while still maintaining their true nature as musicians. Staggering while still a little obscure, yet loved by many, these bands are the original and authentic and paved the way for todays punk bands such as Green Day.

There are musicians, then there are “accomplished musicians” that can emulate society into their lyrics. Their songs rose above the rest with loud, proud, and full of energy. It is also raw, minimal, fast, and with lyrics that will make your grandma drop her jaws, or turn over her grave, they are staple to the music genre forever.

Although, they’re normally not too long of songs, fans have stayed loyal to their favorite punk bands with this passionate love for the bands. The lifestyle which blended well into the scene at concerts. It was that dire need of loudness that exploded onto the audiences with radical energy.

The emotions in these bands are raw with lots of attitude; that’s because it is…Punk is all attitude. It’s inflammatory and even derogatory at times. But, the music sticks into your heads when played. And if you like it enough, you’ll feel those rough edges that come with a musical style that sometimes is all too much but still addictive. Good enough it sure packs clubs, bars, halls, and even stadiums with it’s fast, hard driven loudness.
Punk Rock Songs Top 10 Best Punk Rock Songs of All Time

List of Top 10 Best Punk Rock Songs of All Time till in 2017

10. Fear

One of the bands all time popular songs was “I Love Livin’ in the City.” It was the first single by the band, Fear. It paved the way in 1978 on the Los Angeles-based label, Criminal Records. This ever so popular hardcore punk band came out of Los Angeles, California which was formed in 1977. The band is credited for helping shape sounds and styles of the Californian hardcore punk scene. They started out as part of the early punk rock scene in California. They were also notably on Saturday Night Live which gave them national exposure and put them in the limelight for awhile. Music lovers grew to like them for awhile as an infamous band that was not going to quit the scene. They are still playing today. Their song, “I Love Living in the City” is in Tony Hawk’s video game Tony Hawk’s Underground.

9. Suicidal Tendencies

Punk member Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir drove the youth into thinking about the upheaval parents put them through while still trying to “figure things out” since 1980. They also, mention Pepsi which took it to another level. The highlight of this in the lyrics of this punk song also gave way to those who fell for the subliminal messages advertisers uses to grab consumers attention. Anything but corporate, ST’s songs were skated to in backyard ramps and empty pools by skateboarders all across the nation. ST originally came out of Venice, California. They led millions to their concerts which chanted loud obscrue and low bass songs, fast and sometimes slow tunes in which fans would (and still do) mosh-in pits that were as huge as the images of a hurricane in the Weather Channel. Busting through a wide audience that sang along with them.

Most often associated with the punk movement the ST lineup included vocalist, Mike Muir, bassist, Mike Dunnigan, guitarist, Mike Ball, and drummer, Carlos “Egie” Egert. They were original party band members but their popularity kept them growing. They probably have the most “former” punk band members to this day. They were voted “Worst Band/Biggest Assholes” according to Flipside in 1982. Although like much music critics they were then voted the best… Some of their best included Institutionalized, Join the Army, Lights, Camera,…Revolutionized and several others.


American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX later. Although in 1991, El Hefe played lead guitar and trumpet which added to their originality and to their fast tempoed beats and lyrics. They earned success as punkers whom recognized them all over the world. The masses then noticed in the late 90’s which earned them more success than their contemps, Green day, Bad Religion and even the Offspring. They were signed to a major label which was not common at all for punk rock bands.

Some of their best songs are Lori Meyers. Hearing when you hear this song in particular, live, a bad-ass female punker will come up on stage and sing the female part (yes, the band has a part for a female that this song is about). Another song they are known for is the song Linoleum as well as many, many others. They’re still going strong with a new released album called First Ditch Effort (October 2016).

7. Bad Brains

Banned in DC (ROIR 1982) has to be one of the most punk rock songs of all time. Bad Brains exemplified their gift to musical punk influences alike with this song. It’s fast and furious, with the fasted tempo you can imagine at the beginning. Fronted by singer H.R., also known as Human Rights, guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jennifer, and drummer Earl Hudson which is H.R.’s younger sibling. They perform every now and then.

I against I was yet another all time Bad Brains fave amongst punk followers in the 80s. With high pitched voices and leads, the band stuck around for their fans for years. Most people in the music industry will consider them as hardcore punk, but they sure did ‘pioneer’ where they formed in band formed in 1977 in Washington D.C. They dabble in reggae also, along with other music genres.

6. Minor Threat

Out of Step is the sole studio album by American hardcore punk band Minor Threat. When Minor Threat hit the studios, they released their first one on a 45 RPM vinyl in April 1983. It was through Dischord Records that laid the tracks. Today, one of their best selling albums has been released in limited amount of CDs taking on a new generation of punk rockers, or music lovers. They were considered one of the first hardcore bands from Washington, D.C. (like Bad Brains in the 1990s). Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s own label, Dischord Records stayed true to their band and helped other alternative bands record with their label. Their full-length studio album Out of Step received several “accolades” and are considered the one of the truest in punk rock band genres. This is one amongst the Top 10 Best Punk Rock Songs of All Time till 2017.

5. Iggy Pop and the Stooges

With the song I Wanna Be Your Dog is the classic punk rock song from this band. Anyone who listens to rock and roll music, much less punk rock, has heard it in their lifetime, and probably don’t even know it. It’s heavy, slower than normal punk, and packs great beats along the way. They formed because of Iggy whom was the front man, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1967. The lineup was guitarist Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton as the drummer, and bassist Dave Alexander.

Their primitive style of music made them an original act on stage with Iggy always moving and swaying with only tight spandex on wooing the crowds with his “self mutilation of them.” They broke up in 1974 and reunited years later 2003, but they are still active after the fact that the band experienced several band members’ deaths along the way. Their albums The Stooges in 1969 and Fun House in 1970 was followed by thousands upon thousands of punk rock and music lovers alike.

4. The Clash

London Calling was obviously their best album, which came out in 1976. Born in the U.K., people obviously supported the band mainly because they had a voice to pitch the youth of those days’ political and social upheaval globally. They had an original punk rock style that still echoes today. Although they were recognized in the U.S. with their London Calling album, they were popular with songs like Rock the Casbah which earned them 2 platinum certifications. The band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, and bassist/vocalist Paul Simonon, drummer/percussionist Nicky “Topper” Headon. Headon eventually quit the band in although in 1982 because of “so called friction” with other band member(s). Eventually Jones left as well New band members replaced the originals, but it wasn’t the same as the originals. So the band basically broke up again in 1986.

They left behind their political and musical influences that stayed with all punk rockers today. with the major influences of alternative rock, they left a huge mark what alternative means in the music industry today.

Their rebellious attitude had a far-reaching cry and influence on other rock bands worldwide. A promo marketing tag line (aka slogan) considered them as “The Only Band That Matters” which were introduced by CBS record label.

They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 in the aftermath of the death of Joe Strummer’s (whom was the original lineup); also inducted was the original drummer Terry Chimes. Ranked as 28 of 100 in 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest artists of all time; yet, to the true hard core punk rockers, they’re really amongst the top 10 punk rock bands of all time; because we’re not Rolling Stone magazine.

3. The Misfits

This American “horror” punk rock band is considered influential to both horror punk (the subgenre) and punk rock. It was in their music videos that they became even more influential to other bands in various genres. In a black and white video, there’s zombies dancing around in costume in a basement-like room then panning over to a stage area, the Misfits are playing live. Meanwhile Frankenstein is entering, which is obviously footage from the real movie, Frankenstein. Hybrid Moments from the Legacy of Brutality album was one of their big hits when it came out.

Blending horror film themes and images from them was a regular trademark of the Misfits band. They were founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey with front man Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and drummer Manny Martínez. Danzig and Only were the only consistent members Throughout the next six years, Danzig and Only were the original members that stayed with the band. Later, in 1983, Danzig went solo and developed the band Samhain. Several EPs and singles later, Danzig went on a solo binge and still performs today, also, making cameos in Hollywood movies.

2. Sex Pistols

How can you not like this punk band! These four punk rockers from the U.K. gave raw and loud energetic punk rock music in audiences faces.

They were loved, and still are, hated, but with the entertainment the express on stage, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious become the voices for teens in angst and political and social unrest. The youth growing up in that era, the 70’s were pissed off at the government’s communistic and society’s normal ways. They were true anarchist that were scared to act and show it. With these lyrics, how can you not like this punk rock band of all time.

Anarchy! in bedrock, twitch twitch.
[One, two, three, four]
Right now, ha ha ha.

I am an Antichrist
I am an anarchist,
Know what I want, But know how to get it.
Want to destroy, Mr. slate,
‘Cause I want to be Fred Flintstone

1. The Ramones

The Ramones were four punk rockers from Queens that came up with a blistering song that echoed bedrooms and bars all across the nation. This began the turntable of one of many revolutionary punk rock songs and bands that were inspiring for other bands to come out of their bedrooms and garages.

The Ramones didn’t even realise that they stirred the bucket of punk rock music while another band was doing the same thing in their country.The Ramones is safely said the first true punk rock band in the nation. They developed their band in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in 1974. Performing more than 2,263 concerts with catchy and sometimes upbeat songs. Ultimately, when you hear this punk band, you’ll definitely feel the pumped up vibes of fast and original punk music with signs of nostalgic moments of burst of energy. They were influential in the 70’s punk movement for the U.K. as well.

So, these above are the Top 10 Best Punk Rock Songs of All Time till 2017. here are quite a few punk bands that weren’t on the list, such as The Circle Jerks, Adolescents, NOFX, The Descendents, CroMags, Pennywise, The Damned, and even The Cramps…to name a few, but it didn’t perfect the genre it added to the lineups of a multitude of loud and proud punk bands that are still going on strong today. Inspirational as well as sound-provoking, these were the bands of the punk rock genre that will forever be in the hearts of teens, young adults, as well as the older ones who grew up with them. Good to know that punk rock IS NOT Dead!

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