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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

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71 21
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Teen Age Riot Daydream Nation

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55 12
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The Diamond Sea Washing Machine

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56 16
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45 10
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Silver Rocket Daydream Nation

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60 21
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41 13
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34 8
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muzziac added Sugar Kane Dirty

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37 11
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muzziac added 100% Dirty

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39 13
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Incinerate Rather Ripped

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38 13
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Bull in the Heather Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

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33 10
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muzziac added Shadow of a Doubt EVOL

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34 11
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Death Valley '69 Bad Moon Rising

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33 11
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31 10
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23 5
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muzziac added Trilogy: Hyperstation Daydream Nation

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29 10
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’Cross the Breeze Daydream Nation

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22 5
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29 11
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26 9
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22 6
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muzziac added Theresa's Sound World Dirty

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23 7
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The Sprawl Daydream Nation

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20 5
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muzziac added Star Power EVOL

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23 8
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17 3
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26
21 7
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muzziac added Wish Fulfillment Dirty

27
20 7
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Tuff Gnarl Sister

28
16 4
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17 5
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muzziac added Swimsuit Issue Dirty

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27 14
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20 9
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Hey Joni Daydream Nation, The Eternal

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14 4
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muzziac added Disconnection Notice Murray Street

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16 6
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14 5
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muzziac added JC Dirty

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14 5
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Stones Sonic Nurse

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17 8
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37
18 9
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White Kross Sister

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11 3
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muzziac added Brave Men Run (in My Family) Bad Moon Rising

39
14 6
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muzziac added Sacred Trickster The Eternal

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14 6
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Pattern Recognition Sonic Nurse

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9 2
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muzziac added Anti-Orgasm The Eternal

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11 4
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muzziac added Reena Rather Ripped

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11 4
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muzziac added Kill Yr. Idols Kill Yr. Idols EP

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11 4
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muzziac added Chapel Hill Dirty

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12 5
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muzziac added Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style Murray Street

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15 8
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Unmade Bed Sonic Nurse

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18 11
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10 4
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49
11 5
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muzziac added I Dreamed I Dream Sonic Youth

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15 9
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Total Trash Daydream Nation