5. "Punk Rock Love," The Casualties

Come on, how could it not make it on here? It's called "Punk Rock Love," fer cryin' out loud. It's a tale of heartbreak, delivered through broken teeth. 

4. "Marriage," The Descendents

The Descendents might have the honor of being the only punk rock band to write a pro-marriage anthem, but that was always their strength: writing sincerely about the mundane, wonderful parts of life that other bands were just too punk to touch on. 

3. "Want," Jawbreaker

"Chesterfield King" made it onto our list of the greatest love songs of the 1990s, but fortunately, there's a whole catalog of brutally honest and eloquent Jawbreaker songs to takes its place on this list. Nobody knew their way around a black-lunged ode to love like Blake Schwarzenbach, and "Want" is among his finest.

2. "Lover's Rock," The Clash

Unlike The Ramones, whose concept of love appeared to stop at fourth grade, or The Sex Pistols (Johnny Rotten famously dismissed love as "two minutes and fifty-two seconds of squelching"), The Clash weren't afraid to get seductive, and with great results. Coy punning aside, this is one of the band's most tender tunes, and one of their best.

1. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," The Ramones

Achingly honest without being cloying, and simple without being boring, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" will forever be an anthem for lovelorn teenagers, and Joey Ramone their eternal spokesman.


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