80s The Best '80s Punk Songs  

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What are the best punk songs to hit the charts during the 1980s? When you think about the 1980's, the decade featured a ton of new(ish) genres, and while punk began more in the 1970s, the '80s featured some of the best tracks the genre had to offer. Let's rank the best '80s punk songs that helped to define the decade and establish a genre that persists to this day.

Punk songs from the 1980s include a wide variety of tracks from the genre. Folks who aren't too familiar with punk have likely sang along to hits like "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash while fans who know the genre a bit more than most are likely listening to Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" even to this day. The decade also featured many memorable bands like The Ramones, which dropped huge hits like "Psycho Therapy" before undergoing a genre shift that would take the band into more of a pop style. Other incredible tracks that helped to define the decade often associated with the genre itself include "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Orgasm Addict," and "This Ain't No Picnic" by The Minutemen.

Vote up your favorite '80s punk songs on this ranked list, and add any tracks that aren't here already.

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Suicidal Tendencies
2
6 0
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Black Flag
3
11 3
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Nazi Punks F*ck Off Dead Kennedys
4
8 1
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So What Anti-Nowhere League
5
8 1
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Hüsker Dü
6
13 6
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Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash
7
7 1
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
8
8 2
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11 5
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Ramones
10
7 2
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Too Drunk to F*ck Dead Kennedys
11
9 5
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John Wayne Was a Nazi MDC
12
5 1
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Let's Have a War FEAR
13
4 0
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Punk Rock Girl The Dead Milkmen
14
4 0
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Live Fast Die Young Circle Jerks
15
7 4
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Sailin’ On Bad Brains
16
6 3
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Mirror in the Bathroom The Beat
17
8 6
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This Ain't No Picnic Minutemen
18
4 2
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Butcher Baby The Plasmatics
19
4 2
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The Clash
20
2 0
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Guilty of Being White Minor Threat
21
2 0
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When the Sh*t Hits the Fan Circle Jerks
22
2 0
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Suburban Home Descendents
23
7 6
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Just Like Heaven The Cure
24
6 5
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Orgasm Addict Buzzcocks
25
3 2
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Let’s Lynch the Landlord Dead Kennedys