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alternative music The Best Sonic Youth Songs of All Time  

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Sonic Youth songs, not just singles and hits.

List of the top Sonic Youth songs, as voted on by fans like you. Sonic Youth has left a lasting impression on the world of alternative rock. Since forming in the early '80s, these New York noise rockers have influenced countless indie and underground artists. This poll includes all of Sonic Youth's singles, from "Teen Age Riot" to "Kool Thing," but true fans know that many of the band's best songs were never played on the radio. 

Music videos and audio videos are included next to each track name, so if you haven't heard a song you can listen to it right here on this page. Is one of your favorite Sonic Youth songs missing from this poll? Add it to the list so it has a chance to rise to the top. If the order of this list bothers you, then show off your knowledge by creating your own version and re-ranking it. Simply click the "Rerank List" button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like.

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Schizophrenia Sister

2
90 27
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Teen Age Riot Daydream Nation

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68 21
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The Diamond Sea Washing Machine

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49 12
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muzziac added Sugar Kane Dirty

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’Cross the Breeze Daydream Nation

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47 14
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muzziac added Shadow of a Doubt EVOL

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39 9
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The Sprawl Daydream Nation

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46 14
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71 32
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55 21
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Silver Rocket Daydream Nation

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48 16
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muzziac added 100% Dirty

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41 11
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51 19
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The Best U2 Albums of All Time

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36 10
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48 19
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Bull in the Heather Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

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51 22
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Incinerate Rather Ripped

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muzziac added Star Power EVOL

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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muzziac added Trilogy: Hyperstation Daydream Nation

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41 19
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Death Valley '69 Bad Moon Rising

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30 11
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muzziac added Theresa's Sound World Dirty

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29 11
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muzziac added Wish Fulfillment Dirty

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25 9
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Kotton Krown Sister

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37 21
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The Best Eminem Songs of All Time

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25 11
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White Kross Sister

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25 11
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muzziac added I Dreamed I Dream Sonic Youth

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26 13
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Tuff Gnarl Sister

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19 7
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muzziac added Brave Men Run (in My Family) Bad Moon Rising

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muzziac added Swimsuit Issue Dirty

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22 10
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muzziac added JC Dirty

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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23 13
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26 16
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Hey Joni Daydream Nation, The Eternal

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15 7
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muzziac added The Empty Page Murray Street

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22 14
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Total Trash Daydream Nation

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18 11
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muzziac added Disconnection Notice Murray Street

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18 11
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muzziac added Sacred Trickster The Eternal

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19 12
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Stones Sonic Nurse

The Best Honey Mustard Brands of All-Time

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muzziac added Unwind Washing Machine

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15 10
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muzziac added Youth Against Fascism Dirty

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14 9
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muzziac added Pink Steam Rather Ripped

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muzziac added Kill Yr. Idols Kill Yr. Idols EP

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Flower Bad Moon Rising