Like a lot of classic punk bands, everyone always focuses on the Buzzcocks’s first three albums and ignore everything that came after. Novelty joke songs from their early days often overshadow some of the best songs that came later. Most top 10 lists seem to just regurgitate and reshuffle their greatest hits compilations, historicizing them into a band you should like but don’t. An ironic ending for a band that often railed against nostalgia, idolatry, and marketing schemes in their lyrics.
A great example of their aptitude for putting complicated ideas into a simple song. This one seems to reflect on Nostalgia’s corrosive effect on the present, and the general mythology we build around the past.
9. Get On Your Own
The most immediate and hard hitting song off their first album. A good balance of their melodic and more incongruous elements.
8. I Believe
A slower song meditating on the alienating aspects of politic ideology. A bit long, but still great.
The best song off of their overlooked 90s comeback album Trade Test Transmission. It’s super annoying that early joke songs displace this one in people’s limited attention span.
The first track off their 2000s self-titled album. It actually managed to break through the nostalgia daze and get some attention and renewed interest in the band.
5. What Do I Get?
A classic song that appears on all their compilation albums. Instantly memorable, but not as deep as some of their other cuts.
4. Sixteen Again
A perfect pop song that should be in every top 10 list, but is often omitted.
3. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
Everyone is gonna say this is their best song, it certainly is their most popular. It’s catchy and has great ambience, but it lacks the depth of some of their other songs.
2. Love Is Lies
Old-ball song, written and sung by guitarist/vocalist Steve Diggle. Wes Anderson is basically just a rip-off of this song.
1. Harmony In My Head
Another Steve Diggle tune, probably his most popular. One of the band’s most abrasive songs, Diggle says he had to smoke 20 cigarettes to get the vocal sound.