New Day Rising was ranked thirteenth in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005." In 2003, the album was ranked 495 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2012, it was pushed up to rank 488. The magazine also included the title track in its "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" list, ranking it at 96.
^Rolling Stone - The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Retrieved 2011-01-24. "Eighties hardcore punk was never more simple or stubbornly hopeful: three chords, a three-word chorus and magnificent speed-of-light hammering that never seems to quit but is over way too soon. Bob Mould beats his strings like a homicidal Johnny Ramone, but there's no mistaking the battered-church-bell ring in his stacks of chords and his stressed-amp roar. What a great album."