New Day Rising is the third studio album by the American punk rock band Hüsker Dü, released in 1985 on SST Records. The album featured continued a trend away from the fast hardcore punk of the band's earliest releases toward slower, more melodic material.
The band released the album Zen Arcade through SST Records in July 1984, and the label's co-owner Joe Carducci immediately requested another album. The band wanted to self-produce, but SST insisted on Spot, who produced many of the label's albums, including all of Hüsker Dü's. The recording atmosphere was thus tense. New Day Rising appeared in January 1985 and featured slower, more melodic material, continuing the trend away from the fast hardcore punk of the band's earliest releases. This coupled with the higher-quality musicianship and production led fans to perceive the band as more commercial, and the band defended themselves against accusations of selling out.
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."