Looking for the 10 best punk rock songs of 2008? It might not have been the best year in history for punk rock, but a few good bands put out some blistering singles and albums. Here is a selection of the cream of the crop.
- “Hammerhead” by the Offspring. The Offspring are often credited, alongside Green Day, with reviving mainstream interest in punk rock. The first single from their album, “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace,” was the best punk rock song of 2008, hands down.
- “Re-Education Through Labor” by Rise Against. This was Rise Against’s second highest charting single on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. It kicks some serious butt!
- “Good n’ Ready” by Anti-Flag. Anti-Flag has been waving their middle finger in the face of the establishment since starting out in Pittsburgh back in 1988. Though often criticized as being a more commercial version of their earlier style, “Good n’ Ready” is still one of the best punk rock songs of 2008.
- “I Don’t Care” by Fallout Boy. Rock critics consider this band to be among the most important of the first decade of the 21st century. This was the last good single Fallout Boy released before going on hiatus in 2008.
- “The Chosen Few” by the Dropkick Murphys. Fans of Celtic punk often site “The Chosen Few” as one of the best punk rock songs of 2008. Long live the Irish!
- “White Noise” by the Living End. The title single from the Living End’s album put Australia on the map for punk rock in 2008. No wonder this band continues to win all of the country's top music awards.
- "Does the Lion City Still Roar?" by Less than Jake. If you like your punk infused with an audible dose of ska, then chances are high that this was you favorite punk rock song of 2008. The track came off of the "GNV FLA" album of the same year, which is definitely a contender for one of the best punk rock albums of 2008.
- “When I’m Gone” by Simple Plan. Pop punk rockers Simple Plan injected a much-needed dose of energy into the mainstream music world with “When I’m Gone.” If this list had a number eleven, then their track "I Can Wait Forever" would probably be there!
- “Love Love, Kiss Kiss” by the Alkaline Trio. The second single off the band’s “Agony and Irony” album was released in two versions: electric and acoustic. Both versions sound great.
- “Float” by Flogging Molly. An awesome title tune by Flogging Molly from their most political album to date. Yet another confirmation of the genius of lead singer/songwriter Dave King!
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