10 Punk Rock Albums Worth Remembering

Punk rock is one of the most polarizing musical genres out there, which is why people love it so much. The underground art form captured the hearts and musical ears of many during its peak. 

Punk rock is a musical genre known for its rejection of the mainstream and over-the-top presentations. The genre was born in 1976 and informed several, if not most, pop culture and fashion trends by the 90s. 

Punk rock may not be as popular as it used to be back in the day, but it is still one of the best genres out there. Consequently, we’ve listed ten punk rock albums that are worth remembering to celebrate the genre. 

Nevermind By Nirvana

Kurt Cobain once declared in an interview that punk rock should mean freedom, and he gave that to fans with this album. Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ gave even junior high scholars the urge to throw themselves in a mosh pit. 

Los Angeles By X

John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s 1980 album ‘Los Angeles’ explored tinsel town as a surreal nightmare. Their approach may have been too arty for the hardcore scene at the time, but the album was exquisite. 

Damaged By Black Flag

Black Flag did not hold back in their subject matter on their 1981 album ‘Damaged.’ The rage-filled anarchist messaging even caused the label to hold back on releasing the album calling it an anti-parent record. 

Double Nickels On The Dime By The Minutemen

The Minutemen gave their fans their best with this classic 45 song double album. Double Nickels on The Dime cleverly tackled political subject matter, friendship, and punk values through the music, which is timeless. 

Pink Flag By Wire

This 1977 masterpiece is loved by even some of the most successful punk musicians in the industry. With 21 songs that span over 35 minutes, Wire managed to present what Black Flag’s Henry Rollins calls a perfect album. 

Entertainment! By Gang Of Four

Gang Of Four fused the sounds of James Brown, the Ramones, and early hip hop to spread their working-class justice message. The foursome from Leeds weaves different sounds to produce an unforgettable project. 

Funhouse By The Stooges

The Stooges’ Funhouse’ experimented with a garage band sound that was almost a decade ahead of its time. This album’s sound was so groundbreaking that it inspired generations of music as a result. 

Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols By The Sex Pistols

In 1977, The Sex Pistols released their first official album, which shocked listeners everywhere. The aggressive lyrics that were once deemed unlistenable inspire punk records that we love to hear now. 

The Clash By The Clash

The Clash’s 1977 album is one of the punk records that transformed the sound into a social weapon. Songs like ‘I’m so bored with the U.S.A’ shifted the adolescent rage perspective of British punk forever. 

Ramones By Ramones

The Ramones recorded their 1976 album with a plan to ‘eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the substance.’ The outcome of the agenda is an album seen as punk’s most endearing and influential record.

Written by:
Siba Mosana

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