#13 – The Clash – “Train in Vain” – (1979)

London Calling just barely squeaks in as an album of the 1970s, being released in mid-December of 1979. This song is far superior than the album’s title track. Honestly, this might be my favorite Clash tune, part of which is due in part to the pop-like delivery of the lyrics. The singing here is well done – not something punk bands are especially known for. It’s fantastic.

#98 – The Clash – “Rock the Casbah” – (1982)

This is the Clash’s best work. It was their highest charting single as well: hitting number 8 on the Hot 100. The lyrics are wonderful: “By order of the prophet / We ban that boogie sound / Degenerate the faithful / With the crazy Casbah sound.” Every verse is full of fun lyrics and words that are either Arabic or Hebrew or whatever in origin. It’s just a fun song.