most expensive punk 7 inch records

The Most Expensive Punk 7-Inch Records of All Time

The DIY spirit of punk has inspired bands all over the world to start their own labels and release their own records. The ideal format quickly became 7-inch records because they were affordable and the shorter sides complemented the genre’s immediacy. Many bands designed their own sleeves and inserts, then put each record together by hand, all in an effort to share their music with people as inexpensively as possible. So why are records that were made for next-to-nothing now selling for thousands of dollars?

To find the best answer to this question, we explored the Database, put together a list of the 30 most expensive punk 7-inch records ever sold on Discogs, and looked for some common threads. Since sought-after 7-inches regularly sell for large sums of money, we focused on the highest price paid for each release. For example, The Misfits’ Cough/Cool has sold for $6,500, $7,500, and $10,877, but only the most expensive sale in the Marketplace is included in the list below.

Like Discogs’ other most expensive rankings, the popularity of some artists plays a part in the price tag. Well-known punk bands like the Sex Pistols and the Misfits make the list multiple times, but it’s not just their notoriety that makes their 7-inches highly collectible.

Many of the releases featured here are very rare. One Sex Pistols 7-inch that made the list is rumored to be a limited edition of nine copies, according to the Discogs Community. Even though it was released on a major label, this extremely rare release has become the holy grail of punk 7-inches and ranks at No. 1 by a $4,000 margin.

The Misfits’ debut single, Cough/Cool, was released on Blank Records, a label started by frontman Glenn Danzig. After releasing only 500 copies, Danzig traded the Blank name to Polygram in exchange for studio time. He renamed his label Plan 9 and continued to release Misfits records, including the three different versions of Bullet found on this list.

Joy Division also makes the cut with the original pressing of An Ideal For Living. Entering the studio as Warsaw, the band changed their name to Joy Division shortly before the EP’s release. These four songs reflect the young group’s punk roots and DIY ethic as they released 1,000 copies on their own record label. With cardstock covers folded into four squares, it’s often speculated that these were hand-folded by the band.

Other rare self-released 7-inches that make the most expensive list include releases from the Dicks, Bad Brains, Big Boys, and Minor Threat. Much like Minor Threat’s Dischord Records, labels like Touch and Go formed in an effort to document their local scene. Early Touch and Go releases like the Necros’ Sex Drive 7-inch and Negative Approach’s Ten Song EP are among the top 12 records listed here.

While punk outfits from the United Kingdom and the United States often get the most attention, the ranking also includes bands from Japan, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Australia. Subway Suck’s N.R.K!/Æ Spyr is regarded as the rarest punk 7-inch in Norwegian history. The head of Polydor Norway was so offended by the lyrical content that he instructed the A&R team to destroy the entire pressing. Twenty-five copies were secretly spared and given to friends, making it one of the most elusive records on the list. Destruction also helped foster the cult status of Australia’s City Ram Waddy and the Walking the Dog 7-inch. With an initial run of 100 copies, up to half of the pressing was ultimately destroyed due to lack of sales.

Japan’s Gas and A-Bomb also find themselves on the list with limited-edition flexi-discs, a format that has recently made quite the comeback.

Do you have any of the priciest punk 7-inches in your Wantlist or Collection? View the list below to find out!

Author’s note: The release page for Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen shows $17,123.29 as the highest sale price. As this sale was not completed via Discogs, our article references the highest completed sale price of $14,591.44. Sale price data is subject to change as exchange rates fluctuate, so the prices you see in the list below may vary slightly from the statistics in the Database. All prices are in USD.

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Most Expensive Punk 7-inch Records


City Ram Waddy - Walking the Dog album cover

No. 30. City Ram Waddy – Walking the Dog (1979)

Price: $2,334.63
Format: 7″, Mono
Label: His Master’s Voice
Country: Australia


Gas - No More Hiroshima album cover

No. 29. Gas – No More Hiroshima (1982)

Price: $2,380.00
Format: Flexi, 7″, S/Sided, Red
Label: 自殺レーベル
Country: Japan


Terveet Kädet - Rock Laahausta Vastaan album cover

No. 28. Terveet Kädet – Rock Laahausta Vastaan (1980)

Price: $2,450.19
Format: 7″, S/Sided, EP, W/Lbl
Label: Ikbal
Country: Finland


Agnostic Front - United Blood album cover

No. 27. Agnostic Front – United Blood (1983)

Price: $2,451.36
Format: 7″, EP, Bla
Label: Not On Label (Agnostic Front Self-released)
Country: US


Minor Threat - In My Eyes album cover

No. 26. Minor Threat – In My Eyes (1981)

Price: $2,500.00
Format: 7″, M/Print, Red
Label: Dischord Records
Country: US


Minor Threat - In My Eyes album cover

No. 25. Minor Threat – In My Eyes (1981)

Price: $2,500.00
Format: 7″, EP, TP
Label: Dischord Records
Country: US


Vomit Pigs - Take One album cover

No. 24. Vomit Pigs – Take One (1978)

Price: $2,500.00
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Bad Wreckors
Country: US


Subway Suck - N.R.K!/Æ Spyr album cover

No. 23. Subway Suck – N.R.K!/Æ Spyr (1977)

Price: $2,568.09
Format: 7″
Label: Snowball Records (8)
Country: Norway


Misfits - Night of the Living Dead album cover

No. 22. Misfits – Night of the Living Dead (1979)

Price: $2,739.73
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Plan 9
Country: US


Big Boys - Frat Cars album cover

No. 21. Big Boys – Frat Cars (1980)

Price: $2,995.00
Format: 7″, EP, Ltd, Num
Label: Big Boys Records
Country: US


Atomic Bomb - Hell

No. 20. Atomic Bomb – Hell’s Story (1986)

Price: $2,999.00
Format: Flexi, 7″, S/Sided, Red
Label: Not On Label (Atomic Bomb Self-released)
Country: Japan


Reign Of Terror - Don

No. 19. Reign Of Terror – Don’t Blame Me (1983)

Price: $3,000.00
Format: 7″, Single
Label: R.O.T. Records
Country: US


Misfits - Bullet album cover

No. 18. Misfits – Bullet (1978)

Price: $3,000.00
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Plan 9
Country: US


Misfits - Bullet album cover

No. 17. Misfits – Bullet (1979)

Price: $3,033.00
Format: 7″, EP, RP, Red
Label: Plan 9
Country: US


Babeez - Dowanna Love album cover

No. 16. Babeez – Dowanna Love (1977)

Price: $3,042.96
Format: 7″, EP, W/Lbl
Label: Not On Label
Country: Australia


Vicious Visions - I Beat You/No No

No. 15. Vicious Visions – I Beat You/No No’s (1983)

Price: $3,151.75
Format: 7″
Label: Not On Label (Vicious Visions Self-released)
Country: Sweden


Dicks - The Dicks Hate the Police album cover

No. 14. Dicks – The Dicks Hate the Police (1980)

Price: $3,200.00
Format: 7″
Label: Radical Records (4)
Country: US


Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK album cover

No. 13. Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK (1976)

Price: $3,424.66
Format: 7″, Single, W/Lbl
Label: EMI
Country: UK


Opus - Good Procedures/The Atrocity album cover

No. 12. Opus – Good Procedures/The Atrocity (1979)

Price: $3,500.00
Format: 7″, Single
Label: Catatonic Records (3)
Country: US


Necros - Sex Drive album cover

No. 11. Necros – Sex Drive (1981)

Price: $3,800.00
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Touch And Go
Country: US


Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen album cover

No. 10. Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen (1977)

Price: $3,852.14
Format: 7″
Label: Virgin
Country: South Africa


Ikkashinju - Dead Section III album cover

No. 9. Ikkashinju – Dead Section III (1988)

Price: $3,999.00
Format: 7″
Label: Premium Records (5)
Country: Japan


The Fingers - solation album cover

No. 8. The Fingers – solation (1978)

Price: $4,000.00
Format: 7″
Label: Paradox Records (8)
Country: US


The Queers - Love Me album cover

No. 7. The Queers – Love Me (1982)

Price: $4,000.00
Format: 7″
Label: Doheny Records
Country: US


Bad Brains - Pay to Cum! album cover

No. 6. Bad Brains – Pay to Cum! (1980)

Price: $4,494.16
Format: 7″, Single
Label: Bad Brain Records
Country: US


Joy Division - An Ideal for Living album cover

No. 5. Joy Division – An Ideal for Living (1978)

Price: $4,794.52
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Enigma
Country: UK


Negative Approach - Negative Approach album cover

No. 4. Negative Approach – Negative Approach (1982)

Price: $5,499.99
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Touch And Go
Country: US


Misfits - Bullet album cover

No. 3. Misfits – Bullet (1979)

Price: $7,495.00
Format: 7″, EP
Label: Plan 9
Country: US


Misfits - Cough/Cool b/w She album cover

No. 2. Misfits – Cough/Cool b/w She (1977)

Price: $10,877.00
Format: 7″, Single, Ltd
Label: Blank Records (11)
Country: US


Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen album cover

No. 1. Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen (1977)

Price: $14,591.44
Format: 7″, Single
Label: A&M Records
Country: UK


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