rock The Best Punk Bands Of All Time  

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List Rules The definition of "punk" is nebulous - if you don't consider a band punk, feel free to vote em down

The subject of who is the greatest punk band has fueled argument and debate for decades. Punk and punk inspired musical acts are more common than ever but the underground punk acts of the 70s and 80s will always be remembered for creating a culture for rebellion. From 80s punk to today's top punk bands, which are the best punk rock bands of all time and the best punk bands ever?

Good punk bands aren't hard to find, there's plenty of great punk music out there, thanks to the many punk groups on this list. Don't see your favorite punk rockers below? Click Rerank to add your list of your favorite punk bands here or vote up the punk acts you love and help create the definitive list of the greatest famous punk bands of all time.

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The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stooges Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Black Flag Damaged, In My Head, My War

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Misfits Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us

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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product

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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minor Threat Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rancid …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion Social Distortion, White Light White Heat White Trash, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Offspring Smash, Americana, The Offspring

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Siouxsie & the Banshees 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nocturne, Once Upon a Time: The Singles

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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Descendents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Descendents Everything Sucks, Milo Goes to College, I Don't Want to Grow Up

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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
New York Dolls New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, Cause I Sez So

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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Jam All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

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The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stranglers No More Heroes, The Stranglers, Aural Sculpture

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Cramps Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

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Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks Group Sex, Golden Shower of Hits, Oddities

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

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X is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
X Los Angeles, Under the Big Black Sun, Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

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Generation X is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Generation X Generation X, Kiss Me Deadly, Valley of the Dolls

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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Operation Ivy Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs

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Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sham 69 The Adventures of Hersham Boys, The A Files, The Game

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Exploited The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Dead Boys All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
MC5 Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Back in the USA

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes, So Alone, Down to Kill

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

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Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Destiny Street, Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's, Time

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Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Milkmen The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

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X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents, Conscious Consumer, Obsessed With You: The Early Years

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Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Pennywise Land of the Free?, About Time, Home Movies

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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The Undertones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Undertones The Undertones, Hypnotised, The Sin of Pride

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U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
U.K. Subs Keep on Running (Til You Burn), Flood of Lies, Europe Calling

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Crass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Crass Merry Crassmas, Acts of Love: Fifty Songs to My Other Self, The Feeding of the 5000

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The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Adicts Smart Alex, Songs of Praise, Sound of Music

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Cure Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry