10. Black Flag – “Rise Above”
“Rise Above” is just a balls-to-the-wall, throw-’em-up-in-the-air, politically motivated song. Written by Greg Ginn, the opening track off of Black Flag’s 1981 debut, Damaged, is probably the first thing every kid should hear on their 13th birthday. The chorus is anthemic (“We are tired of your abuse/ Try to stop us, it’s no use”), the rhythm is heavy, and the aggression is immaturely focused. If you missed out on this baby in middle school, do yourself a favor and kick up a riot at age 30.