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Old 06-15-2005, 05:16 PM
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30 Greatest Punk Songs (Radio1) *UPDATE*

BBC Radio1 held a poll recently to descover the 30 greatest phnk songs of all time. You may be able to guess most of the list off the top of your head, but here it is anyway:

1. Green Day - Basket Case
2. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
3. The Clash - London Calling
4. The Prodigy - Firestarter
5. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
6. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
7. Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
8. Green Day - American Idiot
9. Alkaline Trio - Private Eye
10. Green Day - LongView
11. The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
12. The Clash - White Riot
13. The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
14. At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor
15. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
16. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
17. Rancid - Ruby Soho
18. Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
19. Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
20. The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
21. Refused - New Noise
22. Bad Religion - American Jesus
23. NOFX - Stickin In My Eye
24. AFI - Days of The Phoenix
25. Capdown - Ska Wars
26. The Clash - White Man in Hammersmith
27. The Damned - New Rose
28. The Offspring - Come Out and Play
29. Pennywise - Bro Hymn
30. Fugazi - Waiting Room

Whenever a list like this is posted forum members usually knock it. With this list I think that anyone reserves the right to say that Greenday do not deserve to be on top, what a dreadful decision. In fact, my list would not include that song at all, or any other Greenday song. Both the Prodigy and Nirvana should not be there either. I'm suprised that The Ramones did not get further up, I thought their contribution to punk is as important as anyone's. For me though, The Clash should have easily won this, and White Riot and London's Calling could have easily taken top spot.

What do you think?

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Green Day are undoubtedly not "traditional" punk, and let's face it; there are great legions of punk fans who don't accept anything made after about 1985, unless it was by one of the founding groups.

There is no doubt, though, that they are viewed as punk by the mass listening audience, and are definitely the most commericaly successful "punk" band in history, which makes their placement so high on a radio poll unsurprising.

I personally like Green Day, but if they were asking me for a poll like this, they wouldn't even enter my mind (although they would before Nirvana, huh?); "London Calling", "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Anarchy in the U.K." would immediately spring to mind as top punk songs. I love Rancid, but think of them as more ska than punk.
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Green Day are undoubtedly not "traditional" punk, and let's face it; there are great legions of punk fans who don't accept anything made after about 1985, unless it was by one of the founding groups.

There is no doubt, though, that they are viewed as punk by the mass listening audience, and are definitely the most commericaly successful "punk" band in history, which makes their placement so high on a radio poll unsurprising.

I personally like Green Day, but if they were asking me for a poll like this, they wouldn't even enter my mind (although they would before Nirvana, huh?); "London Calling", "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Anarchy in the U.K." would immediately spring to mind as top punk songs. I love Rancid, but think of them as more ska than punk.
I would agree that there a lot of questionable enteries in terms of genres. But I suppose they had to think of works of the 1990s to try and appeal to the more youthful listeners. Greenday are probably the closest band to 'punk' around at the moment, or certainyly a band that most people have heard of. Prodigy didn't belong in this list, and neither did Nirvana.

I guess that this list was always going to appeal to the more commercially successful bands, which is a shame and goes against the moral fabrics of the whole punk genre. I agree with your three instant thoughts, and were suprised when they were not higher placed.
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Prodigy didn't belong in this list, and neither did Nirvana.
I thought Prodigy were electronica...

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Green Day. No surprise there.



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I wouldn't call Jimmy Eat World, punk, and specially not that song.

Interesting the only Greenday song in the list, comes top :S







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I love Green Day but they are far from true punk in my eyes. They may dress punk but that's about it. Political vocals doesn't = punk.

Rebellion, swearing whatever you want to say ..... in your music does not instantly title you a "punk" band. You need to have that certain feel like the Sex Pistols, The Clash etc.

Nirvana PUNK .. What theeeeeeeee
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Yeah, The Proigy are electronica, how the hell did they get there and on no. 4.

Green Day and Jimmy Eat World???

Green Day doesn't deserve to be on top, but i like that song though.




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At The Drive In? Prodigy? This list is a joke!
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Ew...what a horrible list...Bad Religion's best song is not American Jesus, Green Day?! Sex Pistols?! Nirvana?! Prodigy?! Offspring?! At The Drive-In?! What are they doin' on there!?
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Ew...what a horrible list...Bad Religion's best song is not American Jesus, Green Day?! Sex Pistols?! Nirvana?! Prodigy?! Offspring?! At The Drive-In?! What are they doin' on there!?
Well, Sex Pistols are understandable, they made one of the punk's most defining albums and were one of the relative originators.

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Well, Sex Pistols are understandable, they made one of the punk's most defining albums and were one of the relative originators.
Can't agree more with you there ..... The Sex Pistols deserves to be on the list.
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Sex Pistols definitly on the list.

Nirvana??? Didn't they create "grunge" and so therefore by definition are not "punk"?
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Grunge has heavy punk influence, that's why you can call it punk.

They also didn't create grunge, they just popularized it.




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Grunge has heavy punk influence, that's why you can call it punk.
Yes, but Nirvana is still not "punk" in the same way Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, etc are.

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They also didn't create grunge, they just popularized it.
Very true. (I knew plenty of people who had been wearing flannel and ripped jeans for years )
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