10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die



3. Black Flag, My War
What's that? You think punk bands are never supposed to change their sound? That they should write one good song and then re-write it for twenty years? Well, My War says you're wrong. The album opens with the brutal title-track before getting into two of the best Black Flag tunes ever, "Can't Decide" and "Beat My Head Against the Wall." These two songs feature a distinct groove not often found in punk, but lest anyone think the band has gone soft, singer Henry Rollins serves as the perfect lunactic for guitarist/songwriter Greg Ginn's visceral lyrics. Side A ends with "The Swinging Man," which borrows more from Ornette Coleman than the Ramones. It's the type of song that only Black Flag -- and only Black Flag during this era -- could have pulled off. Then there's Side B, which features three songs -- "Nothing Left Inside," "Three Night" and "Scream." Each is heavy, slow and goddamn powerful in a way that makes you want to put your first through a wall. Some claim the B Side to My War is the blueprint to grunge. Maybe. Whatever the case, both sides to My War fucking rule not only because the band successfully proved that the term "punk band" wasn't synonymous with "one-trick pony" but also because the songs are some of the visceral in the group's catalog.



2. The Misfits, Walk Among Us
Being melodic never sounded so creepy, which is probably why the Misfits are one of the few punk bands that has transcended the genre. Singer Glenn Danzig's harmonious baritone/tenor makes every day Halloween on tracks such as "I Turned Into a Martian," "All Hells Breaks Loose," "Vampira," "Hatebreeders," "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight," "Astro Zombies" and "Night of the Living Dead." What's even crazier about this record than a lyric such as "Killed a girl on lover's lane/I kept her toes and teeth/Every night I stalk around until I find my keep/I'll bring back a souvenir /For it's my mommy's dream" is that these aren't even the best version of most of these songs. For those, check out the Misfits' four-disc box set.

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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!

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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