Cease – Bad Religion (Best Punk Rock Songs 10/13)

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Best Punk Rock Songs

Today we enter the Top 10 of my favourite Punk Rock Songs. And it’s time for one of the most influential Punk Rock bands ever: Bad Religion. My number 10 is Cease from their 1996 album The Gray Race.

When I think of Bad Religion, I immediately think of Cease. I scrolled through their hundreds (!) of songs from the last 30 years, but I couldn’t find a song that better captures the band’s style and what I like most about their music: meaningful lyrics and a straight Punk Rock sound.

The song starts with the catchy guitar riff and kicks off with a melodic guitar solo. The first few bars of the verse are a bit slower and give room for the main vocals. But the rest of the verse is classic Bad Religion again: power chords in Punk Rock rhythm. Melodic background vocals support Greg Graffin on the way to the chorus. And the cycle repeats.

The song is very melodic and catchy. I recommend you also listen to its acoustic version. Great songs simply sound good regardless of which muscial style they are played in:

Bad Religion don’t stop the rocking even after over 30 years in the business and I like their newer material as well as the classic albums. They even seem to increase the speed with every new album. Listen to their newest album True North* to get an impression.

The Gray Race contains quite a few more classic Bad Religion songs like Punk Rock Song and A Walk (which I both played with my band when I was younger 😉 ). If you haven’t checked out the album yet, I would definitely recommend to do so!


What’s your favourite Bad Religion song? Did I pick the right one for my list?

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