Hey Ronnie! Here are the top 10 anti-Reagan punk songs
Arguably Suicidal's best song after the legendary "Institutionalized," this track's opening line actually goes, "I shot Reagan!" before launching into a lurching guitar and subsequent thrash. Venice vocalist Cyco Mike actually claims to have shot Anwar Sadat, John Lennon and the Pope in this jam, as well.4. Government Issue - "Hey Ronnie"
This song was likely most heard in the '80s on the Flex Your Head compilation Dischord Records released and is high on the list for the catchiest chorus involving Ronald Reagan. Once you've heard it, you'll always remember it.3. Dead Kennedys - "Bleed for Me"
"When cowboy Ronnie comes to town/Forks out his tongue at human rights/Sit down enjoy our ethnic meal/Dine on some charbroiled nuns," sneers Boulder, Colorado, native Jello Biafra in "Bleed for Me," the 1982 single by this legendary Bay Area band. One of the most political punk bands and certainly the most famous, the Dead Kennedys explicitly mention the president by name only once in a song, in this one.2. Reagan Youth - "Reagan Youth"
The eponymous jam by this New York hardcore band and the late Dave Rubinstein is just as much Ramones as it is hardcore. While there was a reunion back in January 2009 (read this excellent write-up about it
), this is Reagan-era punk at its simplest: "We are the sons of Reagan ...Heil!/Gonna kill us some pagans ...Heil!/The right's your sacred mission/Start an inquisition/Gonna purge the heathen minds!"1. The Ramones - "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg"
This 12-inch import single, released in the fall of 1985, focuses onReagan's visit to a German cemetery
where members of the Nazi SS were buried. Sure this song is angry, but after cycling through the rest of the tracks on this list, it has a refreshing lack of blind rage and really feels like a protest song, written around a single specific action. This song gets under your fingernails while the rest only kick up dust. "By visiting the cemetery, Reagan sort of shit on everybody," Ramone toldMother Jones
Next page: Honorable Mentions!Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the U.S.A."
It's widely known that the Reagan re-election campaign in 1984mistakenly used the Springsteen song
as campaign jam, unaware that Springsteen was far from a Ronnie Republican.The Minutemen - "If Reagan Played Disco"
This 1982 song by the SoCal band could easily fit on our list, but the song is more of a musician's number, and the lyrics feel like an afterthought: "If Reagan played disco, he'd shoot it to sh!t./You can't disco in Jack boots/Born, born on a white horse, he'd sing lame lyrics/And try to reach the working man."Insurrection - "Reagan's Crusade"
This song is a solid hardcore number by Arizona's Insurrection, and the singer wears one of those novelty latex Reagan masks on stage. Love it.Previous Page
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