40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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The Stooges, 'Funhouse' (1970)
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4. The Stooges, 'Funhouse' (1970)

"The Stooges were the perfect embodiment of what music should be," said Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. On the Detroit band's second album (produced by Kingsmen keyboardist Don Gallucci), that meant primal garage chaos nearly a decade ahead of its time. Guitarist Ron Asheton hammered as few chords as possible ("T.V. Eye" is just one), while Iggy Pop channeled bad-trip psychedelia and metallic R&B into hormonal meltdowns that inspired generations of pent-up noise fiends.

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