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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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99 24
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Sister

2
104 29
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Daydream Nation

3
73 24
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Washing Machine

4
55 15
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muzziac added Dirty

5
52 15
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Daydream Nation

6
53 16
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muzziac added EVOL

7
75 31
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8
52 16
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9
50 15
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10
76 33
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11
44 11
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12
59 22
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Daydream Nation

13
56 20
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14
56 20
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Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

15
53 18
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muzziac added Dirty

16
43 11
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17
59 24
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Rather Ripped

18
41 12
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19
39 11
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Daydream Nation

20
35 9
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muzziac added EVOL

21
44 17
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22
44 19
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Bad Moon Rising

23
35 12
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muzziac added Daydream Nation

24
29 8
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25
33 12
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muzziac added Dirty

26
31 11
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muzziac added Dirty

27
27 9
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Sister

28
26 10
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muzziac added Dirty

29
28 12
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30
23 8
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muzziac added Bad Moon Rising

31
24 9
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muzziac added Sonic Youth

32
39 22
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33
24 10
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muzziac added Dirty

34
28 14
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Sister

35
25 13
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Sister

36
21 11
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muzziac added Kill Yr. Idols EP

37
25 15
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38
15 6
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muzziac added Washing Machine

39
27 18
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Daydream Nation, The Eternal

40
17 9
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muzziac added Murray Street

41
18 10
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muzziac added Dirty

42
20 12
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muzziac added The Eternal

43
16 9
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muzziac added Rather Ripped

44
19 12
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muzziac added Murray Street

45
20 13
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Sonic Nurse

46
22 15
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47
15 9
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48
17 11
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muzziac added Dirty

49
17 11
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muzziac added Dirty

50
22 16
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Daydream Nation