Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Punk Albums

See what managed to top 'Raw Power,' 'Rocket to Russia' and 'London Calling'

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8. Dead Kennedys, 'Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables'

The punk movement began in New York in the mid-1970s, but by 1980, punk bands were popping up all over America. San Francisco had a particularly vibrant scene, led by hardcore group the Dead Kennedys. They wrote stunningly fast songs with shocking titles like "I Kill Children," "Too Drunk To Fuck" and their immortal classic "Holiday In Cambodia." It was music guaranteed to shock and infuriate your parents, and the wild concerts made Ramones gigs feel tame by comparison. Like many punk bands, they made their biggest statement on their first record. There isn't a weak song on 1980's Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and it set a very high bar, which they had trouble topping during the rest of their career. The group split six years later, and when they reformed in 2001, it was without frontman Jello Biafra. 

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