Top punk songs that define the genre?

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  1. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    List your top 10 (more or less) punk songs.
    Pick them to define the genre as you see it and/or your favorite and/or you best of list.


    Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
    God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
    London Calling – The Clash
    New Rose - The Damned
    American Idiot – Green Day
    I Wanna Be Loved - Heartbreakers
    (Can't Get My) Head Around You – The Offspring
    American Jesus – Bad Religion
    Babylon's Burning - The Ruts
    Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers

    For whatever reason I had a hard time. Mostly because I was limiting it to one song per band.
    Also I kept it at 10 (I think I could have defined the genre with a few songs, or I could have added a bunch), I excluded pre 1975, new wave, grunge, alternative, and I am not really into hard core. Don’t let that stop you from including any of these if it suits you.
     
  2. jcarr73729

    jcarr73729 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    UK
    Magazine - Shot By Both Sides (single version had an amazing energy)
     
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  3. jimod99

    jimod99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I'm Stranded - The Saints
    Anarchy In The UK - Sex Pistols
    Gary Gilmores Eyes - The Adverts
    GLC - Menace
    White Riot - The Clash
    Borstal Breakout - Sham 69
    Boredom - Buzzcocks
    Neat Neat Neat - The Damned
    Oh Bondage Up Yours - X-Ray Spex
    Cant Stand My Baby - The Rezillos
     
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  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Forum Resident

    God Save the Queen : Sex Pistols

    One of the most powerful, incendiary songs ever written.
     
  5. APH

    APH Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cambridge, England
    Sex pistols -god save the queen
    Clash - white riot
    Damned - love song
    Dead kennedys - nazi punks eff off
    Crass - big a little a
    Discharge - fight back
    Bad brains - sailing on
    Buzzcocks - orgasm addict
    X ray spex - the day the world turned day glo
    Ramones - blitzkreig bop
     
  6. Echo

    Echo Forum Resident

    Very difficult defining a whole genre from so many countries; here a try:

    Dead Kennedys: 'Holiday in Cambodia'
    The Ex: 'State of Shock'
    The Ramones: 'Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue'
    Blur: 'Song 2'
    The Undertones: 'My Perfect Cousin'
    Flipper: 'Ha Ha Ha'
    PIL: 'Public Image'
    Iggy Pop' 'Lust for Life'
    Nirvana: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
    Wire: '12XU'
    The Wipers: 'Doom Town'
    The Stranglers: 'No More Heroes'
    Jane's Addiction: 'Stop!'
    The Jam: 'That's Entertainment!'
    Nina Hagen: 'Unbeschreiblich Weiblich'

    As you see even some songs with acoustic guitars, an organ, some reggae dub and even a cello... :)
     
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  7. APH

    APH Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cambridge, England
    Oh and how about a plug for my favourite local group Beverly Kills, and their christmassy girl punk cover of Walking in the Air from the Snowman y
     
  8. peteneatneat

    peteneatneat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    Some more.........

    One Chord Wonders - The Adverts
    Sick Of You - The Users
    Sick On You - Hollywood Brats
    Read About Seymour - Swell Maps
    Another Girl Another Planet - Only Ones
    Car Crash EP- The Avengers
    No Time To Be 21 - The Adverts
    Lookalikes - The Drones
    I Don't Care - The Boys
    Shadow - The Lurkers
    What Have We Got - Sham 69
    This Perfect Day - The Saints
    Know Your Product - The Saints
    Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Regulations - Neon Hearts
    Sonic Reducer - Dead Boys
    Ain't Nothing To Do - Dead Boys
    At Home He's A Tourist - Gang Of Four
    Action Time & Vision - ATV
    Part Time Punks EP - TV Personalities
    Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
    What Do I Get - Buzzcocks
    Blank Generation - Voidoids
     
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  9. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    Location:
    Finland
    Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant
    The Stranglers, Straighten out
    The Clash, Career Opportunities
    The Ruts, In a Rut
     
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  10. GeddyLeeFan

    GeddyLeeFan Active Member

    Location:
    Aurora
    Not really my kind of genre, and I don't know if they define punk but these are some of my favourites:

    Bad Religion - 21st Century Digital Boy
    Rancid - Ruby Soho
    Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs
    Thirty Seconds From Mars - This Is War
    Sum 41 - In Too Deep
    Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Blink-182 - First Date
    Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
    Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbdag
    Nirvana - Come As You Are
    Good Charlotte - The Anthem
     
  11. captone

    captone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    BC, Canada
    Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes (original version)
    Buzzcocks - Boredom
    Clash - Hate & War
    Damned - Born To Kill
    Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
    Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
    The Fall - Rebellious Jukebox
    Gang Of Four - Armalite Rifle (original version)
    Generation X - Your Generation
    The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose
    Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
    The Jam - Art School
    Public Image Ltd - Public Image
    The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
    Rich Kids - Ghosts Of Princes In Towers
    The Ruts - In A Rut
    The Saints - I'm Stranded
    Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
    Sham 69 - Angels WIth Dirty Faces
    Siouxsie & The Banshees - Nicotine Stain
    Slits - Typical Girls
    Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
    Stranglers - Something Better Change
    Tubes - White Punks On Dope
    Undertones - Family Entertainment
    Vibrators - Whips And Furs
    Wire - 12XU
    X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours
     
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  12. Benjy

    Benjy Active Member

    Very little ever happened in punk after this :p

     
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  13. joeyhays

    joeyhays Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    X - Los Angeles
    Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
    Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
    Bad Brains - pretty much everything they did
    Circle Jerks - Wild In the Streets
     
  14. BlueSpeedway

    BlueSpeedway 7217

    Location:
    London, England
    | The Stooges "TV Eye" (1970)
    | Neu! "Super" (1972)
    | Brian Eno "Blank Frank" (1973)
    | Pere Ubu "Final Solution" (1975)
    | Adam & the Ants "Plastic Surgery"
    | Warsaw "Warsaw"
    | Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant"
    | Siouxsie & the Banshees "Love in a Void"
    | The Stranglers "Hanging Around"
    | The Fall "Rowche Rumble"
     
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  15. stef1205

    stef1205 Forum Resident

    These are not punk songs to my definition.
     
  16. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Let's see your list.
     
  17. Szeppelin75

    Szeppelin75 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Panama
    Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" or Die, die My Darling by Misfits.
     
  18. Izozeles

    Izozeles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Santiago de Chile
    Sheena is a Punk Rocker
     
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  19. Avery Keen-Garde

    Avery Keen-Garde Forum Resident

    Location:
    west London
    Not a huge punk fan beyond some of the usual suspects (Clash, Stranglers, Ramones) and a few singles by other bands, but I'll add this. Probably too obscure to be genre defining, but I've always loved it and that's the only excuse I need...


    Wimp by the Zeros (sorry about the ad, if you're getting that for 30 secs at the beginning).
     
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  20. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    The Adverts - One Chord Wonders
    Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
    X-Ray Spex - Identity
    The Clash - Complete Control
    The Damned - New Rose
    Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
    Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP
    Undertones - Teenage Kicks
    Discharge - Decontrol
    Kleenex - Heidi's Head
    Swell Maps - Read About Seymour
    The Pop Group - We Are All Prostitutes
     
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  21. Bob C

    Bob C Active Member

    Location:
    So Cal
    The Weirdos - We Got The Neutron Bomb/Solitary Confinement
    Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve & Danno, Hand Of Law, New Race
     
  22. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Blitzkrieg Bob -- Ramones
    Complete Control -- The Clash
    Holiday In Cambodia -- Dead Kennedys
    Johnny Hit and Run Paulene -- X
    Year 1 -- X
    Oh Bondage, Up Yours! -- X-Ray Spex
    Unity -- Operation Ivy
    Straight Edge -- Minor Threat
    Rock 'n' Roll Ni**er -- Patti Smith Group
    Search and Destroy -- The Stooges
     
  23. dlemaudit

    dlemaudit Forum Resident

    Location:
    France, Paris area
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpkV8nHbttI

    this ( The Victims "Television addict " ) , together with the Zeros masterpiece
    you add " I m Stranded " and strangely enough my 3 favorite genre defining punk classics come from very remote cities ( Perth , Brisbane , San Diego )
     
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  24. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Of course that should say Blitzkrieg Bop. I spell "blitzkrieg" correctly and misspell "bop"??!!
     
  25. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Location:
    Michigan
    B-side Did You No Wrong , blows GSTQ
    out of the freakin' water !
     
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