10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die



8. Ramones, S/T
Similar to the Sex Pistols, the inclusion of the Ramones' first album could come off as cliched due to the fact that this entire genre was founded on these 14 songs. Historical significance is enough reason to have this record, but Ramones isn't some museum piece that sounds dated. In fact, the more time that passes between 1976 (the year this was released) and now, the songs just keep getting better. Sure, we've all heard album opener "Blitzkrieg Bop," but stand-out tracks "Judy Is a Punk," "Havana Affair" and "53rd & 3rd" make this an absolute must-have. The downstrumming barrage of guitarist Johnny Ramone and bassist Dee Dee Ramone still hasn't been topped while drummer Tommy Ramone lays down the most perfect rock 'n' roll backbeat ever (yeah, that's right, I said ever). Then there's singer Joey Ramone, who can get super melodic on "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and then belts out "Loudmouth" like he's in an insane asylum. Some might argue the band got better over the course of their next three records and those people might be right. However, those records wouldn't exist with Ramones. This album is so essential that if you can buy only one entry from this list, Ramones is it. Seriously. Own this. Today. The only bummer about this record is its reminder that Dee Dee, Johnny and Joey aren't here anymore.



7. Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
On 1981's In God We Trust, Inc., San Francisco's Dead Kennedys proved themselves as a top-notch hardcore band, but a year prior on Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, the group showed that it could have been a damn good pop band if singer Jello Biafra, guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride and drummer Ted really wanted to be. Album opener "Kill the Poor," "Let's Lynch the Landlord" and "Your Emotions" would have been perfect for radio if the quarter aspired to be another throwaway mainstream act. Instead, these songs are sped up a tad and feature vitriol-filled lyrics that no program director would ever get near. To balance these pop tunes, the Dead Kennedys add hardcore elements into their unique blend of punk, surf, pop and psychedelia
(imagine Dick Dale dropping acid and joining the Ramones and you've got East Bay Ray) on tunes such as "Drug Me," "California Uber Alles," "Holiday in Cambodia" and "Chemical Warfare."


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oldpunx1967
oldpunx1967

still have all these on vinyl. all play great and can be turned up to 11.

oldpunx1967
oldpunx1967

Gottem on vinyl, some 1st pressings, all still play great and can be turned up to11!

littlebanana
littlebanana

I would trade the Dwarves, Flipper and Misfits for Wire's "Pink Flag," any of the Buzzcocks' first three albums and Minor Threat's self-titled (if that counts as an album).

paddy.joyce
paddy.joyce

Never Mind The Bollocks at no9 ? WTF??????  How about the Anti no where League? "So What?", Metallica done a cover of that!!! Loads of the best missed, crap list!!!! 

tacchiniale
tacchiniale

ma sei scemo? i dead kennedys al 7 posto? ma ca a ciapà i rat!

cavemag
cavemag

Needs more Husker Du and The Effigies

howardmartinez52
howardmartinez52

No Suicidal Tendencies, and what about Agent Orange...they're from the OC

brianmaull
brianmaull

Is there anyone that enjoys punk rock that hasn't heard every one of those records 897458973590348590387590345 times?  

Monkeygroin
Monkeygroin

Where the hell is The Clash..London Calling????? There are alot of other bands I rather see on this list and number one is the dwarves???? Someone got into the cough syrup again and got some daim bramage

bobby.pps
bobby.pps

I thought "FEAR" would of hit the top ten or least "Adolescence"

rikkagnew
rikkagnew

NO ONE DIRECTION? NO KATY PERRY? WTF? 

disarraye
disarraye

Where are the good Brit punk bands? Sad list...

Crit
Crit

dwarves suck 

nosleepatall.com
nosleepatall.com

All I know is at least I own the #1 band since sometime in the 90's

savatage_de
savatage_de

What a stupid list -> 
 No Discharge - hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing, no UK Subs - Another kind of blues, The Exploited - Punk's not dead, no GBH - City baby attacked by rats, no CRASS - Feeding of the 5000

mannybanny
mannybanny

No ~X~, no Clash, no Replacements? WTF!

SisterRay
SisterRay

Damaged? Repeater? Double Nickle? Zen 
Arcade?  LA?  This list is lame.

GlenW
GlenW

Agnostic Front - Victim in Pain

chucke99
chucke99

Double Nickels on the Dime, dude.

emperor_wurm
emperor_wurm

jesus, black flag with rollins? really? Black flag was only good with Keith Morris

ZaphodBeebleBrox
ZaphodBeebleBrox

I'm not bagging out the list because it's subjective but one punk band that frequently gets overlooked for their contributions is 'The Saints' and their album  (I'm) Stranded. Check it out..

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Some point along the continuum is fine. Just don't wait too long cuz you never know...

Jeff Hillegass
Jeff Hillegass

Is the idea to listen to these IMMEDIATELY before you die, or at some point along the continuum?

Joe Leibrandt
Joe Leibrandt

I guess you had to draw the line somewhere, but no Clash? Really? Fallible.

Rodney David Rachal
Rodney David Rachal

Why are you reposting an article that you done back in November? Lazy asses....

Tim Watson
Tim Watson

And where are the UK Subs, Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks... Sham 69... etc

Ricky Stauffer
Ricky Stauffer

This list will NEVER be perfected. There were a few that I agree with. FLIPPER for one. They were so great live!

Greg Gust
Greg Gust

Infallible my ass - I didn't see Minor Threat or Adolescents...

Kathryn Knox
Kathryn Knox

Nice list, but I need some Against Me in the mix. Reinventing Axl Rose or the live release, Americans Abroad. Brilliant.

PsychoGodKiller
PsychoGodKiller

Sex Pistols, Nevermind the Bullocks Here's the Sex Pistols Number 9???????

Now that's bullshit!

jurnyman66
jurnyman66

Jesus, did you fucking proofread your own article? Guess you were too busy listening to a couple of the shit bands you included on this list... I'm talking to you Flipper and The Dwarves

jmcguinness
jmcguinness

Donde esta Out of Step? trade for the Ramones' monotony any day. Kudos on the Damned and the Descendents

Sandy Baumgardner
Sandy Baumgardner

LOVE The Dwarves take on the California Cooler song, at 12:30.

Dunno
Dunno

Social distortion?

beatrice_demesier
beatrice_demesier

Where's the Germs and Generation X? And there's someone on here that thinks punk is puke and now I am starting to think that person doesn't have any friends.

xrayspex000
xrayspex000

List doesn't include "Los Angeles" by ~X~ or any Clash, so it's an epic FAIL.

 

theroadkill999
theroadkill999

how about some real music like otis spann, howling wolf, tom waits, duke elligotn, bb king or black sabbath blues is the only way to go fuck all this fart punk rock shit all puck is image theirs no soul their 

Duder Die
Duder Die

Flipper and the dwarves suck. None of these would even be on my top 1000, except maybe black flag and bad brains..... Maybe

Greg Chavez
Greg Chavez

No Turbonegro makes that list irrelevant.

Crit
Crit

@savatage_de List doesn't completely suck but you're right at the very least Discharge and GBH should be on there.

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