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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
89 27
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Teen Age Riot Daydream Nation

3
67 21
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The Diamond Sea Washing Machine

4
48 12
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muzziac added Sugar Kane Dirty

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69 27
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46 13
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’Cross the Breeze Daydream Nation

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48 15
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muzziac added 100% Dirty

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55 20
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Silver Rocket Daydream Nation

9
46 14
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muzziac added Shadow of a Doubt EVOL

10
51 18
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11
45 14
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12
70 32
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13
38 9
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The Sprawl Daydream Nation

14
46 15
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The Best U2 Albums of All Time

15
40 11
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48 18
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Bull in the Heather Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

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51 21
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Incinerate Rather Ripped

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42 15
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35 10
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36 11
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32 9
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muzziac added Star Power EVOL

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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28 6
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33 11
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muzziac added Trilogy: Hyperstation Daydream Nation

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41 18
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Death Valley '69 Bad Moon Rising

25
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

27
25 8
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Kotton Krown Sister

28
25 11
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The Best Eminem Songs of All Time

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21 8
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muzziac added I Dreamed I Dream Sonic Youth

30
24 11
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White Kross Sister

31
35 21
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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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22 10
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muzziac added Swimsuit Issue Dirty

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25 13
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Tuff Gnarl Sister

35
21 10
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muzziac added JC Dirty

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
23 12
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37
15 7
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muzziac added The Empty Page Murray Street

38
24 16
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Hey Joni Daydream Nation, The Eternal

39
18 11
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muzziac added Disconnection Notice Murray Street

40
18 11
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muzziac added Sacred Trickster The Eternal

41
19 12
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Stones Sonic Nurse

42
21 14
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Total Trash Daydream Nation

The Best Honey Mustard Brands of All-Time

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23 17
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19 14
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45
15 10
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muzziac added Youth Against Fascism Dirty

46
14 9
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muzziac added Pink Steam Rather Ripped

47
11 6
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muzziac added Unwind Washing Machine

48
14 9
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Flower Bad Moon Rising

49
18 14
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Unmade Bed Sonic Nurse

50
15 11
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muzziac added Purr Dirty