Wake Up to Punk! Playlist


When you wake up knowing it’s time to grab your day by the horns (or you need to get the mental fires burning), look no further - this playlist will have your blood pumping in no time at all. Enjoy! (Side effects may include: extreme motivation, frequent nodding and/or headbanging, and occasional bouts of anarchistic anger.)

  1. “Cobrastyle” (feat. Mad Cobra) by the Teddybears

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This song is a warm up for the high-voltage rock to come. Let the tempo get up and moving and feel the style -- cobrastyle.

  1. “Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs

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Now I’m not a fanboy, but I don’t think Jack White can do much wrong. This song is an example of that crunchy, slammin’ sound he is known for, and the rest of the guys in the band that make up the Raconteurs bring their own bluesy vibes to get this party going.

  1. “Come On” by Sunflower Bean

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A clean, classic rock tune, “Come On” will get your engines revving. This live version brings the heat! (If you’re interested and want to know more, check out this article.)

  1. “Machine Gun Blues” by Social Distortion

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There’s nothing like a little ‘50’s nostalgia to bring the Rock n’ Roll vibes. Social D’s classic hit “Machine Gun Blues” will be sure to bring out your inner badass!

  1. “Panic” by Sublime with Rome

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Some say that Sublime died with Bradley Nowell (RIP); I say fu*% off to those losers, because Rome, alongside Sublime founder Eric Wilson, only does Sublime justice with this aggressive skate-punk-esque hit. Grab your board and hit the streets!

  1. “Straight Outta Massachusetts” by NOFX

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Representing the voice of 90’s punks everywhere, NOFX’s “Straight Outta Massachusetts” is a favorite of mine for its driving drums and guitar and it’s notably punk brevity at only 1:16 long.

  1. “First Date” by Blink-182

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We all (hopefully) know this stomach-turningly-beautiful feeling that is going out on a first date and overthinking everything, from what to wear, to how to go in for the kiss (and regardless of how you try, you’ll look like an idiot anyways). Blink-182 captures all of this confused energy in a way only they can with First Date.

  1. “Let Them Eat War” by Bad Religion

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With our country descending deeper into the depths of intensive involvement in foreign affairs and conflicts, this song is an evermore necessary reminder of the toll that war takes on innocent people here at home, and abroad. Nobody wins from war but the rich-profiteers and the politicians; spread the love and tear down the system!

  1. “As Wicked” by Rancid

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Off Out Comes the Wolves, one of my favorite punk albums of all time, “As Wicked” is a killer tune by Rancid. Don’t let Tim Armstrong’s half-assed tone in the verses fool you; these guys are hardcore!

  1. “The Blonde Lead the Blind” by Streetlight Manifesto

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And how could an energy-filled punk playlist be complete without an annoyingly fast ska-punk song? The answer is: it couldn’t. So here’s a blaring-horn, angry-voice-filled song from Streetlight Manifesto to finish off the playlist and send you on your way! If this one doesn’t make you wanna mosh around your room (and apologize to your mom or roommate for the broken furniture), you might be (read: are) a mainstream-music puppet. (Why did you even read this far?)

With that, I will say: go, make some chaos, and have a rockin’ day!

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