A week after ranking the 100 greatest drummers, Rolling Stone is back with another outrageous list. This time, the magazine’s editors have unveiled their picks for the best punk albums, and get ready for even more controversy.
It’s worth noting that no one punk band has more than one entry on the list. Still, that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach omissions such as London Calling, Tim, and Raw Power in favor of Blink-182’s Enema of the State.
Also, Bleach is more of a punk album than Nevermind, and even that’s a stretch.
Check out the top 20 below, and see the full list along with the rational for each selection here.
20. X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents
19. Bad Brains – Bad Brains
18. Green Day – Dookie
17. Television – Marquee Moon
16. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
15. New York Dolls – New York Dolls
14. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
13. Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
12. Patti Smith – Horses
11. The Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
10. Nirvana – Nevermind
09. X – Los Angeles
08. Black Flag – Damaged
07. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
06. Wire – Pink Flag
05. Gang of Four – Entertainment!
04. The Stooges – Funhouse
03. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
02. The Clash – The Clash
01. Ramones – Ramones