The 5 Essential Punk Albums


17. Nov. 2009, 2:12

The Clash - London Calling

This album is legendary. The Clash's '79 album is my personal favourite of theirs. Never has a album combined elements of so many different genres so well. The CD opens with the track London Calling and we are blasted away by some raw punk guitar and vocals and a powerful influenced bass line. Other highlights on this album include the more poppy sounding Train in Vain, Lost in the Supermarket and Paul Simonon's Guns Of Brixton. Every song on this album is amazing. This album truly is a masterpiece.

Ramones - Ramones

The Ramones, who are often regarded as the first band, released this amazing album way back in 1976. It was their debut album and in my opinion, their best. It opens with the punk rock anthem Blitzkrieg Bop, this song is 2mins and 14secs in length but changed the face of music. The album also contains the Jim Lee cover Let's Dance as well as plenty of other amazing punk tunes. Hey! Ho! Let's Go!

Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks

Its hard to believe that a band so popular only released the one official studio album, that just proves how essential this classic is. The Sex Pistols released the album in 1977. It is highly influential and really sparked life into the scene in the UK. Plenty of punk anthems on this album including God Save the Queen, Pretty Vacant and Anarchy In The UK

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Not only was this album a huge influence on the American Punk scene but it paved the way for other bands. This debut album by the Dead Kennedys is full of politically charged classics. The highlights of this album are California Über Alles and Holiday in Cambodia.

Misfits - Walk Among Us

Rather controversial choice, as Static Age I also see as an Essential album, but I have chosen this one, just because it is epic! This was the first full-length album the Misfits released and it really introduced the world to . This I think is Glenn Danzig's best work. The best tracks on the album are Night of the Living Dead, Skulls and the live recording of Mommy, Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?.

Well there you have it, 5 essential punk albums that every punk rocker should own. All very influential and all very awesome.


  • bwcrtime

    Nicely done.

    17. Nov. 2009, 21:51
  • Idrinkperiods

    Too obvious choices, london calling isn't punk, but i agree with ramones, pistols and kennedys

    19. Nov. 2009, 23:04
  • RocknrollHendo

    London Calling isn't punk? are you on something? They are obvious choices but if they were some uncommon choices it wouldn't really make them essential would it?

    20. Nov. 2009, 5:07
  • SuperNautica

    These are one person's choices. Just as good as anyone else's. In my opinion, there would have been no Pistols, no Clash, no Ramones, without the New York Dolls. And Johnny Thunders with and without the Heartbreakers. Johnny hated the term punk and preferred rock n roll, which i think all this stuff can fall under. Good music is in the ear of the listener, eh?

    15. Dez. 2009, 2:44
  • davidsakh

    The Clash never could settle on a pop or raw punk sound, but London Calling is definitely a definitive punk album, and it captures the spirit of the era. I'll second "obvious choices" though.

    9. Mär. 2010, 18:58
  • oliviaisaman

    richard hell and the voidoids? the fall (early) ? stiff little fingers? new york dolls? stooges? replacements? I sincerely think you ought to change the title of this 'journal' to 5 Punk Album's That RS Magazine Tells Us To Love, Therefore I Shall Post Them Anyway To Look Like I Have An Idea Of What I'm Talking About.

    29. Mär. 2010, 17:30
  • TheRaptureBorn

    Not too bad a list mate (got Guns of Brixton stuck in my head now lol). + 1 for the Stooges suggestion, however of that era my personal favourite would be (I'm) Stranded by The Saints. They get extra points for being from Brisbane too =].

    27. Aug. 2010, 2:05
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