Top 20 Best Offspring Songs


From their debut album The Offspring in 1989 to the breakout hit and best selling independent album of all time Smash in 1994 to the outstanding new album Days Go By here in 2012, The Offspring have an amazing discography full of hit punk rock singles and albums. The band is credited, along with bands like Green Day, Bad Religion, and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock music in the U.S. in the 1990s. The band has continued strong through the 2000s and now into the 2010s. The band’s newest album release Days Go By is in my opinion their best album since 1998’s hit album Americana. Read my album review here.

To speak from the heart here for a minute, The Offspring is the band that I credit as getting me into music back when I was in Jr. High School. When “Self Esteem” and “Keep Em Separated” were on the radio and MTV back in 1994, it was the start of a huge inspiration and the development of one of the biggest passions in my life: music. I am both excited and humbled to publish this post, as I am a huge fan of the band and their entire discography.

So what are the best Offspring songs? Everyone probably has a different opinion – and the band probably does as well – but what I tried to do with this list is take everything into account and I aimed to appease fans of the old stuff, fans of the new stuff, and do the band justice at the same time. You can look at this list as ‘Offspring’s Greatest Hits’ meets ‘if I had a $20 iTunes gift card to buy Offspring songs, which ones should I buy?’

The ranking process of this list takes the following into account:

  • Research around the web
  • How well the songs charted on Billboard and similar charts
  • The overall popularity of the songs (Youtube video views, top iTunes/Amazon tracks, scrobbles, lists I found on message boards and blogs, etc.)
  • The sheer awesomeness of the songs
  • Some elements of my opinion and people that I know who love Offspring
  • The potential to fall in love with the song
  • Songs that the band consistently play live

Listen to the complete Top 20 list as a Spotify playlist here
Watch the complete Top 20 list as a Youtube playlist here

Related posts:

Top 20 Best Offspring Songs – Editors Choice
Top 15 Underrated Offspring Songs
A Collection of Lesser Known Offspring Songs

20. “Want You Bad” (2000)


19. “The Future Is Now” (2012)


18. “Nitro (Youth Energy)” (1994)


17. “Million Miles Away” (2000)


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16. “The Meaning Of Life” (1997)


15. “Bad Habit” (1994)


14. “Kick Him When He’s Down” (1993)


13. “Hammerhead” (2008)


12. “Original Prankster” (2000)


11. “Hit That” (2003)


10. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” (1998)


9. “Days Go By” (2012)


8. “Why Don’t You Get A Job?” (1998)


7. “All I Want” (1997)


6. “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” (2008)


5. “Gotta Get Away” (1994)


4. “Gone Away” (1997)


3. “Come Out And Play (Keep Em Separated)” (1994)


2. “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (1998)


1. “Self-Esteem” (1994)


Honorable Mentions:

“Blackball” (1989)
“Kill the President” (1989)
“No Hero” (1993)
“Hypodermic” (1993)
“Dirty Magic” (1993)
“It’ll Be A Long Time” (1994)
“Something To Believe In” (1994)
“Amazed” (1997)
Change the World” (1997)
“The End of the Line” (1998)
“Pay the Man” (1998)
“All Along” (2000)
“Conspiracy of One” (2000)
“Can’t Get My Head Around You” (2003)
“Lightning Rod” (2003)
“Defy You” (2005)
“Can’t Repeat” (2005)
“A Lot Like Me” (2008)
“Takes Me Nowhere” (2008)
“Hurting As One” (2012)
“Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell” (2012)

Links of Interest:

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The Offspring Wikipedia Page
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The Offspring Lyrics at
The Offspring on Spotify

The Offspring have a rich catalog with a lot of good songs. I was tempted to include ‘Defy You,’ ‘Can’t Repeat,’ ‘Dirty Magic,’ and ‘Pay the Man’, among others, on this list but only had 20 slots to work with! Sound off in the comment section below and tell us what songs are your favorite. What songs should have been on the list and what songs on the list that shouldn’t be?

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6 Comments on “Top 20 Best Offspring Songs”

  1. Good list, but you left off some no-brainers, songs that are just CLASSIC Offspring. Dirty Magic (OG verion), Can’t Repeat, Way Down the Line, Americana, and…maybe something like Not The One. At least they feel more classic to me than Original Prankster, Million Miles Away, Want You Bad, and the two off the new album (which, to be fair, I’ve barely listened to). But whatever. Maybe those songs hit your criteria better. It’s still The Offspring, and you pretty much nailed the rest of em.

    I’m also constantly surprised how infrequently ‘Pay The Man’ and ‘Change The World’ are mentioned in lists like this. Definitely two of my favorites, and they’re — if I may borrow some 14-y.o. girl lingo — totally epic, too (if a tad overblown).

    • Hey Marc, thanks for checking out the post and commenting! I agree the songs you mentioned are classic Offspring songs and definitely fit in a list of the best Offspring songs ever. Maybe if the list was a Top 25 😉 I struggled with adding songs like Original Prankster, and Want You Bad because they were more of the pop-style Offspring and I believe their best material is indeed their older, more punk-rock, raw sound. But I really wanted to make a list that showcased the best of the old and new. Check out my post of the Top 15 Underrated Offspring Songs. You might be happy to see what I chose as the #1 most underrated Offspring song.

    • Just wanted to say that it is awesome that someone else recognized how great “Change the World” is. If you look up underrated or forgotten in the dictionary, it would have that song in the definition.

  2. This is just my opinion. Too many songs that are great, and belong on this list but ah well.

    1. Genocide
    2. We Are One
    3. Gone Away
    4. Dirty Magic
    5. Gotta Get Away
    6. Amazed
    7. Nitro
    8. Mota
    9. Walla Walla
    10. Pay The Man
    11. Race Against Myself
    12. Blackball
    13. Nothing From Something
    14. Secrets From The Underground
    15. End Of The Line
    16. The Noose
    17. Not The One
    18. Huck It
    19. Americana
    20. Kill The President

    HM 1. Self Esteem
    2. Hurting as One
    3. A Lot Like Me

  3. I honestly don’t understand any of these lists.
    Not once have I come across a TOP ‘xx’ of the offspring and seen ‘Spare Me The Details’

    This is a classic song I remember vividly from my childhood. And to this day enjoy cranking it.

    And it not like the meaning behind it is something people can’t relate to or something that people think is too stupid. It’s about a guy who’s girlfriend cheats on him after getting drunk at a party. People are always telling him the ‘intricate details’ of the sexual encounter and he just wants to get away from it. He wants people to shut up because thinking about someone else fucking your girlfriend is a thought no one wants in their mind.

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