All the Songs on London Calling Ranked in Chronological Order


Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the release of The Clash’s London Calling. Accordingly, I have for you today the definitive ranking of the songs on what is by anyone’s reckoning one of the 100 greatest albums of the rock era recorded by a band comprised entirely of white men. You may find some of these rankings controversial but I assure you they are correct. If you have any disagreements please let me know in the comments but know ahead of time that you are wrong.

This list took some effort to compile. London Calling was a double album with songs spread over four vinyl sides. I had to carefully count them all and calculate what the numerical order would have been if they had been part of a single Spotify playlist. Here are the results.

  1. “London Calling”. This is the first song.
  2. “Brand New Cadillac”. This is the second song.
  3. “Jimmy Jazz”. This is the third song.
  4. “Hateful”. This is the fourth song.
  5. “Rudie Can’t Fail”. This is the fifth song. It is also the last song of side one.
  6. “Spanish Bombs”. This is the first song of side two but the sixth song overall.
  7. “The Right Profile”. This is the second song of side two but the seventh song overall.
  8. “Lost in the Supermarket”. This is the third song of side two but the eighth song overall.
  9. “Clampdown”. This is the fourth song of side two but the ninth song overall.
  10. “The Guns of Brixton”. This is the fifth song of side two but the tenth song overall.
  11. “Wrong ‘Em Boyo”. This is the first song of side three but the eleventh song overall.
  12. “Death or Glory”. This is the second song of side three but the twelfth song overall.
  13. “Koka Kola”. This is the third song of side three but the thirteenth song overall.
  14. “The Card Cheat”. This is the fourth song of side three but the fourteenth song overall.
  15. “Lover’s Rock”. This is the first song of side four but the fifteenth song overall.
  16. “Four Horsemen”. This is the second song of side four the sixteenth song overall.
  17. “I’m Not Down”. This is the third song of side four but the seventeenth song overall.
  18. “Revolution Rock”. This is the fourth song of side four but the eighteenth song overall.
  19. “Train in Vain”. This is the fifth song of side four but the nineteenth song overall.

What do you think? Do you agree with my rankings? Please let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “All the Songs on London Calling Ranked in Chronological Order

  1. No one could dispute the logic behind your rankings!

    One COULD argue the point that “Train In Vain” should be number 20, given that it almost was left off the album entirely though it became one of The Clash’s most popular songs. But I would not quibble with assigning that track number 19.

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