10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.


That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

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10. Bad Brains, S/T
You can not, I repeat, can not, fuck with the Bad Brains self-titled record. The uneducated music fan thinks punk is synonymous with shitty playing, but singer H.R., drummer Earl Hudson, bassist Darryl Jenifer and guitarist Gary "Dr. Know" Miller shred that misconception to oblivion. From the opening lines of "Sailin' On," you know you've never heard a voice like HR's. He's melodic like an opera singer but he's more pissed than Johnny Rotten. That's not fair to other punk singers, but this is the Bad Brains we're talking about. Next on the record is "Don't Need It," a track that is faster than it should be yet sound totally comfortable at its breakneck pace. How is that possible? The Bad Brains rule, that's how. From there the album includes "Attitude," "The Regulator," "Fearless Vampire Killers," "Supertouch/Shitfit," "I," "Big Takeover" and "Right Brigade." Simply put, these songs are amazing and feature musicianship far beyond what anyone associates with punk rock. The breakdown on "Right Brigade?" Forget about it. Oh yeah...did I mention that the album also includes three reggae tracks that prove the Bad Brains could have been a full-time dub group if they wanted to be? Well, it does and they could have been if they weren't too busy completely destroying hardcore for anyone who followed. In fact, fuck this list. I'm going to stop writing and go listen to this instead because I sure as hell don't want to get hit by a bus tomorrow and not have heard this one final time.



9. Sex Pistols, Nevermind the Bullocks Here's the Sex Pistols
Just how essential is this record to punk? Well, the Sex Pistols' Wikipedia page has 237 footnotes.That's 168 more than The Doors. But don't let Wikipedia tell you how good this album us. Just listen to the damn thing and you'll understand that the Sex Pistols were more than a traveling freak show. Lyrically, Johnny Rotten attacks authority on "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the U.K.," bashes a former record label on "E.M.I." and deals with angst and boredom on "Pretty Vacant." That's enough to make this a classic record, but what makes Bullocks so great is the Pistols' acumen for the basics of rock 'n' roll. Whereas later British punk bands thought they were picking up where the Pistols left off, the only thing those latter groups did was spike their hair and play way too fast. The Pistols, however, took the groove created by the likes of Chuck Berry and twisted it into their own demented sound.


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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!

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?

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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