40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

The riot-starters and two-chord wonders that blew rock wide open

Hüsker Dü, 'Zen Arcade' (1984)
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13. Hüsker Dü, 'Zen Arcade' (1984)

The Minnesota power trio broke all the rules of three-chord hardcore with this double-vinyl concept opus — the story of a young guy escaping a broken home and making his way in the city. Bob Mould and Grant Hart traded off­ spit-and-growl vocals in savagely emotional hardcore blasts, but the music expanded into psychedelia, acoustic-folk rage and the closing 14-minute feedback instrumental, "Reoccurring Dreams."

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