The Vandals Songs Ranked

The Vandals are an American punk rock band, established in 1980 in Orange County, California. They have released ten full-length studio albums, two live albums, and have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. They are well known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for comedy and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues. As of 2000, they are signed to Kung Fu Records. The band’s lineup fluctuated significantly over their first nine years, though founding members Steven Ronald Jensen, guitarist Jan Nils Ackermann, and first consistent drummer Joe Escalante remained regular fixtures. Of the early members, only Escalante has remained through all subsequent incarnations of the band. The current lineup of Escalante, Dave Quackenbush, Warren Fitzgerald, and Josh Freese has remained intact since 1990 and is generally considered far removed from the band’s early 1980s incarnation. Since 2002 Escalante has released all of the band’s albums through his Kung Fu Records label, with Fitzgerald generally producing. Here are all of The Vandals songs ranked.

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10. An Idea for a Movie (Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, 1998)

“The guitar riff to this song is amazing. It’s my favourite song by the Vandals. This is one of those songs that I have found myself randomly humming and singing to for years.”

9. It’s a Fact (The Quickening, 1996)

“As funny as this song may seem on the surface, it actually lays down the only true philosophy in the world: life is merely an accident of nature, nothing matters in any universal sense, and ultimately, nothing is worth doing. The only people who don’t understand this are the stupid, the uneducated, and the scientifically illiterate (but here, “only” refers to the staggering majority of the human population).”

8. San Berdu (Look What I Almost Stepped In…, 2000)

“This is such a cute song. It always makes me wonder who this song is for. Really good as far as punk goes. One of the best punk bands ever. They have influenced a lot of bands”

Vandals, The - Look What I Almost Stepped In Green Vinyl Edition - Vinyl LP  - 2000 - US - Reissue | HHV

7. Here I Am Lord (Oi to the World!, 1996)

“God is insecure and indecisive in light of all the pain and misery according to this well known hymn. Still God has no problem boasting all the fantastic things he could do.”

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6. Summer Lovin’ (Fear of a Punk Planet, 1990)

“I love this song!! It’s the best when Dave and Josh sing it together. It makes me laugh every time! “Fear of a Punk Planet” by the Vandals is by all accounts a punk anthem and a definate classic. “

5. I’ve Got an Ape Drape (Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, 1998)

“This is a poppier Vandals album, but it still mainatain the distinctive sound that they created beginning in the early 80s. But really, this is good. It is funny, though ridiculous at times, displays a sifficient amount of musical proficiency, and manages to deliver some rather catchy tunes that stick in your head during soirees and cocktail parties.”

Hitler Bad, Vandals Good - Album by The Vandals | Spotify

4. Urban Struggle (Dudes, 1987)

“This song define a finite group of people and they shall forever be in debt to The Vandals. this allowed those people who fart in markets feel courageous enough to let their backend voices be heard.”

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3. Euro Barge (Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, 1998)

“Yeah its about rude travelers in America, but the funny part is its like the Americans are complaining about what the rest of the world thinks of them in their countries.”

2. Don’t Stop Me Now (Hollywood Potato Chip, 2004)

“I’d say the Vandals are probably the best pop punk band. They have a reputation for just being silly and stupid, but they write some fairly unique and occasionally emotional lyrics with lots of great melodies.”

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1. Anarchy Burger (Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals, 1989)

“The Vandals have said in interviews that they have no political motives and just write songs that are supposed to be funny. This song is basically just a parody of anarchist punk. It’s not for or against anarchy – just making fun of it.”