Friday Playlist: Bang Your Head

Heavy songs to power through a rough task or hard day.

Heavy songs to power through a rough task or hard day.

Illustration by Minna


  • FlaG May 11th, 2012 11:15 PM

    Aw hellz to the yezz!!!

  • taste test May 11th, 2012 11:40 PM

    omfg. punk and metal. this is the best playlist ever.

    fun fact I usually try to conceal from everyone else: I was raised listening to metal because my dad is a major metalhead. looking back, I think it is entirely the reason I like hardcore punk so much. there are a lot of similarities between them.

    also, just as a final note, I think banned in dc is the coolest song ever so this playlist gets major points just for that.

    • christinachristina May 14th, 2012 11:17 AM

      don’t conceal! own it! people who like this kind of music are automaticalle more awesome.

  • bohobambi May 12th, 2012 12:18 AM

    Awesome playlist! Another great song is “Raw Power” by The Stooges. :)

  • neelybat May 12th, 2012 12:22 AM

    half of these songs i listen to at work every single day. they really do help. xo

  • christinachristina May 12th, 2012 12:34 AM

    This is so good. So great to be reminded of Harum Scarum.

  • Casey May 12th, 2012 12:43 AM

    This is just what I needed. Today I had my first AP test ever, and then I had to rush to a championship track meet (I already missed one of my events). I just have to release all the stress I’ve been going through with these headbangers!!!!

  • Punky Power May 12th, 2012 12:56 AM

    Yay! Rookie, you always read my mind. Metal makes everything better and definitely makes me feel POWERFUL! But really, no Iron Maiden?! Early 80′s Maiden got me through some rough times!

  • inward_fangirl May 12th, 2012 12:59 AM

    “Don’t Drag Me Down” by Social Distortion!!!!

  • fourf89 May 12th, 2012 1:00 AM

    Ah best playlist to date!

  • TessAnnesley May 12th, 2012 3:13 AM

    This is a kick-ass playlist, but I’m not gonna lie – HOW IS THE WHITE STRIPES NOT ON HERE?

  • Steph May 12th, 2012 3:29 AM

    yes metal finally!

  • Caden May 12th, 2012 3:56 AM

    AWESOME!!! :D :D

    Caden x

  • K. May 12th, 2012 5:56 AM

    Ooh, Metallica’s first! I saw them live last Tuesday… Powerful indeed :)

    • FlaG May 14th, 2012 11:37 AM

      I saw them at the end of 2010 as a graduation present to myself (and a belated birthday present to my boyfriend) – they were really amazing live!

  • Gabriela May 12th, 2012 6:32 AM

    I love this playlist! There are some of my favorite bands :D so glad to hear this!

  • MissKnowItAll May 12th, 2012 7:27 AM

    is it wierd that i feel like such a badass listening to these?

  • flower-power May 12th, 2012 9:35 AM

    Hi rookie, your magazine is amazing.
    How do i become a writer for you?

  • caro nation May 12th, 2012 10:32 AM

    YOU CAN’T HURT ME, I’M BANNED IN DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Henry Rollins is the messiah, and The Germs are often overlooked, so thank you, Stephanie.

    What about The Minutemen? A little too avant-garde?

    Pere Ubu?

  • Sublime X. May 12th, 2012 10:57 AM

    You have great music taste! Especially Metallica, the Germs, and Black Flag.

  • Stephanie May 12th, 2012 1:30 PM

    Glad you all enjoyed it. A little headbanging every once in awhile is totally necessary, especially after a rough week, exams, etc. Sorry I couldn’t include everything everyone loves (or even everything I love). I tried to give a little taste of as many different varieties of heavy music as I could. There is so much more to find and add to your headbanging collection and the comments here will definitely help you out!

  • Clairebearscare May 12th, 2012 4:07 PM

    right when i saw the beavis and butthead picture i knew this was going to be a fantastic playlist. ohhh yeaahahh

  • Maggot May 12th, 2012 4:48 PM

    Old Rise Against, Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Distillers….

    Best Playlist. Ever.

  • kadu May 13th, 2012 12:33 AM


  • Bean May 13th, 2012 10:06 AM

    I didn’t notice who made this until I saw Distillers and I was like, wait wait wait, back it up here, and then was like well duh it’s Stephanie! Haha.
    Also, I may be seeing Refused this summer. My boyfriend most certainly is. He is way beyond stoked.

  • titoextremo May 13th, 2012 3:27 PM

    nice work! good stuff for sure, especially the slayer :)

  • happytrails May 14th, 2012 1:37 PM

    Nothing mentioned of the influence of Glenn Danzig, whose voice can melt even the steeliest metal hearts? misfits, samhain, or even danzig? Listen to ‘Attitude’ by the Misfits and don’t tell me you don’t feel like going out and whooping someone’s ass just for being a jerk?

  • happytrails May 14th, 2012 1:37 PM

    even so, mostly love the list anyway!!

  • dogsrule May 14th, 2012 8:01 PM

    mastodon totally got me through my moby-dick research paper

  • unefillecommetoi May 15th, 2012 6:10 PM


  • oliviaxmae May 16th, 2012 12:50 PM

    cool to see jucifer on here. you should do a women of sludge, stoner, and doom metal playlist on here! get some dark castle, electric wizard, rwake, undersmile, etc represented!

  • poison ivy May 27th, 2012 8:48 PM

    the germs are quite possibly the best band ever on the face of the earth! manimal is a better song than media blitz though

  • arriving May 29th, 2012 4:43 PM

    every playlist ever should end with raining blood.