Top punk songs that define the genre?

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  1. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    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 Forum Resident

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

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Forum Resident

    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 Forum Resident

    Very little ever happened in punk after this :p

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  13. joeyhays

    joeyhays Member

    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 Song of the Bailing Man

    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

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

    Szeppelin75 Forum Resident

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

    Izozeles Rock’roll Stalker

    Santiago de Chile
    Sheena is a Punk Rocker
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  19. 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

    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 Forum Resident

    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

    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

    France, Paris area

    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

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

    Scope J Forum Resident

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