The definition of punk rock has -- in recent years -- lost its punch, becoming synonymous with carefully-packaged pop singers like Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne; these artists are about as embroiled in politics and anarchy as Big Bird. But the genre of fast-paced, stripped-down sound that often features anti-establishment sentiments is by no means a lost art, and remains near and dear to fans. Here are the 10 Best Classic Punk Songs rated by our listeners.
Although their music is considered "politically neutral," the band once played a benefit concert for the Cypress College Young Republicans.
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. Dukakis v. Bush. Poison v. Def Leppard. 1988 was one explosive year, not just politically, but also on the radio. The hair was big and the music was bigger, making it not just an eventful year for George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle, but just as much for Perry Farrell and Bret Michaels. Without further ado, we give you the Top 1988 Songs as voted by AOL Radio listeners.
In the same year that Live Aid occurred, artists were topping the 1985 charts with the deep synthpop of New Wave and ethereal echoes of the post-songwriter era, releasing some breakthrough music videos along the way. Without further adieu, check out our Top 1985 Songs, as voted by AOL Radio listeners.
Not only was 1984 the year that Apple unveiled their Macintosh computer (a dinosaur to the revolutionary iPod) -- it was the year the 'Thriller' album won a record-breaking eight Grammys, including Album of the Year. However, as the Top 1984 Songs (rated by AOL Radio listeners) illustrate, there was plenty more radio play in 1984 than just "Thriller" ...though witnesses might disagree.
Although the Broadway run of musical 'Annie' came to a close in 1982, Americans were by no means spared the endless choruses of plenty of other songs played in heavy rotation on the radio. From Cyndi Lauper to Billy Idol, the post-disco era was in full swing in 1983 as pop music entered an exciting new frontier, embracing punk and new wave in FM-friendly packages. Below are the Top 1983 Songs, as rated by AOL listeners.
Ask anyone who was there, and they'll tell you 1982 was a crazy year. The Lebanon War, America's first lethal injection, even a short-lived recession -- some even consider 1982 the official year disco finally died, ushering in music that helped define the next generation of American music. Here are the Top 1982 Songs (as rated by AOL Radio listeners) covering a vast range of music genres including power jams, new wave, and even hip-hop.
One can easily forget that a great song will occasionally come in the form of something comedic, a funny song written by somebody, somewhere, with the sole intention of making you laugh. The following Top 10 Funny Songs remind us that there are, in fact, musicians and bands who don't just sing the songs -- they make 'em damn funny, too.