Top 20 Thursdays: Top 20 Classic Hardcore Punk Songs
Old man wearing Descendents "Everything Sucks" t shirt.
This list of the Top 20 classic hardcore punk songs is fuckin awesome cause it's full of good shit, but it's terrible because there are way more than 20 top songs and so the list probably sucks as a list. Anyway, it's fucking awesome.
20. Murphy's Law - Sit Home and Rot
leaving the house. Something everybody can relate to. Murphy's Law have been around a long fucking time, and they still are. Last we heard, a former Miami kid named Felipe is in the band. They play Churchill's every couple years.
19. Side By Side - Side By Side
"I see people all around me, all with visions of unity, but what I have yet to see, is vision turn to reality."
18. Agent Orange - Bloodstains
"Bloodstains, speed kills, fast cars, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine, I've lost my sense, I've lost control, I've lost my mind."
Agent Orange are still in the game and still touring and show a lot of love to South Florida.
17. Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets
" 64' Valiant, handful of valiums, couple of beers really do me right, you better believe us, better trust us, teenage jive, walking wreck."
Circle Jerks are fronted by Keith Morris, who was once a singer for Black Flag. This is one of their best songs ever.
16. Dead Kennedy's - Nazi Punks Fuck Off
"You still think swastikas look cool. The real Nazis run your schools. They're coaches, businessmen and cops. In a real fourth reich you'll be the first to go."
Dead Kennedy's shows used to end in police riots where they'd beat 15 year old kids in the head with billy clubs for the way they looked and the music they listened to.
15. 7 Seconds - Young Til I Die
"You grew up fast, now you'll die soon. I'll never fucking be like you. You finish college, grab a wife. You're dead before you're 35.
7 Seconds have been playing this song for something like 30 years. They formed in Reno, Nevada in 1980.
14. Adolescents - Amoeba
"Uhmeeebaah, Uhmeeebaah, Uhmeeebaah, Uhmeeebaahuh, Uhmeeebaah, Uhmeeebaah, Uhmeeebaahuh."
Adolescents are a band that formed from members of Agent Orange, Social Distortion, and local punks. They still exist today, and are still fuckin' awesome.
13. Misfits - Where Eagles Dare
"We walk the streets at night. We go where eagles dare. They pick up every movement. They pick up every loser. With jaded eyes and features, you think they really care. I ain't no gotdam son of a bitch."
Misfits have one of the most recognizable, merchandized logos in music history. It's called the Crimson Ghost. The band still exists and still tours in a different version of its former self.
12. DRI - I'd Rather Be Sleeping
"In my bed crashed out. Slice of death wrapped up. All in wool passed out. Drunken stupid fool."
DRI stands for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. They started in a bandmember's parents bedroom in Houston, Texas, and went on to pretty much invent thrash music. Still one of the fastest bands ever.
11. Suicidal Tendencies - I Want More
"Don't wanna pump nobody's gas - I want more. Don't wanna kiss my boss's ass - I want more. Don't wanna take the first job I find-I want more. Don't wanna dig coal out of a mine-I want more."
You may remember Suicidal Tendencies from a little show called Beavis and Butthead for another one of their much more popular classics, "Institutionalized," but this one's just as good. This band has always had heavy Los Angeles street gang credibility.
10. Gorilla Biscuits - No Reason Why
"No reason why to beat up on a poser skin. No reason why to keep the little kids from getting in. No reason why to take advantage of the people you know. No reason why, there's just no reason why."
New York hardcore lives forever.
9. Sick Of It All - The District
"A real rain is gonna come."
Sick Of It All are one of the greatest heavy music influencers of the past 20 years. This video sees the future. Spawn animator Todd McFarlane predicts a major event in this video before it happens. Creepy shit.
8. Descendents - Suburban Home
"I don't won't no hippy pad. I want a house just like mom and dad."
7. FEAR - I Love Livin' In The CIty
Warzone, they are the best. Every song has a positive message.
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