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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skatepunk
skatepunk

Pretty tough to narrow it down to just 10.

Minor Threat and Rebel Truth are absolute must records.

mhip
mhip

Buzzcocks...

keott
keott

Greg the Bunny's Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains- Love Songs for the Apocalypse, Big Vinny and the Cattle Thieves- I Was a Teenage Premature Ejaculator, M.D.C.- Millions of Dead Cops, Cross Stitched Eyes- Coranach, Dayglow Abortions- Out of the Womb, Hard-ons - Dick Cheese, 7 Seconds- Old School, Subhumanz- From the Cradle to the Grave, Die Wut- Die Fruhen Jahre (1981--1982).


Fuck all of your mainstream pop punk. Big Vinny is a single, but both sides are killer and worthy of a listen before you all go fuck yourselves.

mehmeh
mehmeh

we get it dude, you like the dwarves. hate to break it to you but most punks STILL haven't heard them, just heard OF them due to their shock value. they don't belong on this list at all

josegranny
josegranny

SUCK MY ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

josegranny
josegranny

GERMS INVENTED HARDCORE PUNK YOU SNIVELING PIECE OF SHIT!!!!!

josegranny
josegranny

HENRY ROLLINS IS A COWARD ASS FAGGOT WHO RAN AND LEFT HIS FRIEND TO BE SHOT TO DEATH. THEN TRIED TO ACT HARDCORE? I DONT THINK SO. HE IS THE WRONG KIND IF PUNK.

josegranny
josegranny

THE CLASH ARE A BUNCH OF ASSHOLE HUFFING FAGGOTS!



ignaciodelgado2003
ignaciodelgado2003

Wow, not a single Clash album.  Bogus list.  I could go on.  But why bother. And no X or Social D?  OK so I went on.  Rancid? Anyone?

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!

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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