X Songs Ranked

X is an American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles. The original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist-bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake. The band released seven studio albums from 1980 to 1993. After a period of inactivity during the mid-to-late 1990s, X reunited in the early 2000s, and currently tours, as of 2021. X achieved limited mainstream success but influenced various genres of music, including punk rock, Americana, and folk-rock, and is considered one of the most influential bands of their era. In 2003, X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. Los Angeles was ranked 91st on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Here are all of the X songs ranked.

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10. The New World (More Fun in the New World, 1983)

““The New World” quite a bit, and it set a fairly high standard that the following tracks simply fail to meet, but that’s not because of the lyrics, for which other publications (AllmusicPopmattersRollingStone) put way too much stock in. I get that I’m supposed to hate Ronald Reagan’s guts, “The tears have been falling all over the country’s face / It was better before / Before they voted for what’s his name / This is supposed to be the new world,” but the band offer absolutely no solution to the country’s problems; the lads in X just sort of complain about it.”

9. Blue Spark (Wild Gift, 1981)

“Blue spark refers to the bumper cars at the Santa Monica pier, close to where John and Excene lived. The blue spark that gets created at the top of the bumper car where the pole contacts the ceiling. This time, she is out cheating on him, while he sit and waits for her. I always think its kind of a sister song to White Girl, where he is cheating on her. Best part about these songs is who sings them. John sings a lot of White Girl, even though Excene wrote it about him.”

8. Crystal Ship (The X-Files: The Album, 1998)

“Without a doubt the best punk rock album of all time. Rockabilly riffs, great lyrics, solid sequencing and catchy hooks. This album does everything perfectly.”

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7. Strange Life (Alphabetland, 2020)

“This is a fun and catchy album, like what JGuy said. For me, most of the tracks kind of mash together, as the sounds don’t really differ from one another. I don’t think Alphabetland is a standout release from X’s discography, but it’s definitely not the worst thing I’ve heard all year. Besides the last song, this is a pretty upbeat record, although I don’t think I’ll be coming back to it all that much. Nothing truly blew me away with this one.”

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6. Delta 88 Nightmare (Delta 88 Nightmare, 2019)

“It’s hard for me to consider this as anything more than just a solid punk classic, but, on the other hand, it really is a solid punk classic. Your enjoyment of it will probably be strongly correlated to how much you want another solid punk classic in your life.”

5. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (More Fun in the New World, 1983)

“I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts” where they lament the elusive success (“The facts we hate / You’ll never hear us / I hear the radio is finally gonna play new music / You know, the British Invasion / But what about…”) is probably the best song here. It is practically a hidden gem, especially coming off a 5-song stretch of mostly run-off-the-mill punk songs (speaking of, why the fuck didn’t producer Ray Manzarek lend a hand on organs to boost them the way he did a lot on Los Angeles?). “

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4. We’re Desperate (The Decline of Western Civilization, 1981)

“I find it somewhat difficult to think of this as punk rock per se, then again that difficulty seems to be a common denominator in the punk albums I find myself still wanting to listen to.”

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3. Cyrano De Berger’s Back (Alphabetland, 2020)

“You havehave to watch or have read Cyrano De Bergerac to understand.but the gist of it is that cyrano loved his cousin who was roxanne and roxanne loved a man named christian and he(christian) loved her too. and so cyrano decided to help christian win her over which was successfully done and he ended up dying with out ever telling her that he loved her or even cared.”

2. Country at War (hey Zeus!, 1993)

“LOVE this song!!!Loved it then & I still love it! It could be re-released right now. It seems to speak of the current political climate.”

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1. Johny Hit and Run Paulene (Los Angeles, 1980)

“Actually I thought Red Left Hand’s idea was pretty ridiculous too, and believed this was an anti rape song, which X may have claimed later. But if you watch the Decline Of Western Civilization, John Doe states that this song was actually a sexual fantasy for him.”