40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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Sonic Youth, 'Evol' (1986)
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30. Sonic Youth, 'Evol' (1986)

With their third album, the New York crew set themselves on a course to becoming the most important noise band of the past three decades. Amp-torture clinics like "Starpower" and "Expressway to Yr Skull" explore what bassist Kim Gordon had called "the darkness shimmering beneath the shiny quilt of American pop culture."

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