The Best Punk Bands Of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

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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. 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 punk bands of all time.

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Ramones

    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 161
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    100
  3. 3
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex Pistols

    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    92
  4. 4
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    Down 105

    ranked low on reranks
    Dead Kennedys

    Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk More
    91
  5. 5
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    Down 104
    Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk More
    84
  6. 6
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    Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk More
    83
  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    80
  8. 8
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    Down 121
    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore More
    78
  9. 9
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    Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk More
    76
  10. 10
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    often listed
    Rancid

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk More
    74
  11. 11
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    Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly More
    72
  12. 12
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae More
    71
  13. 13
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore More
    67
  14. 14
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop More
    66
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dropkick Murphys

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock More
    65
  16. 16
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    Down 87
    Pop punk, Melodic hardcore, Skate punk More
    65
  17. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hüsker Dü

    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
    62
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    62
  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Operation Ivy

    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk More
    61
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Damned

    Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock More
    61
  21. 21
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    Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk More
    60
  22. 22
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    59
  23. 23
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music More
    59
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Offspring

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
    59
  25. 25
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    often listed
    X

    Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music More
    59
  26. 26
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    Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock More
    59
  27. 27
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    often listed
    MC5

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    58
  28. 28
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    Punk rock, Post-punk More
    58
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Suicidal Tendencies

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Adicts

    Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock More
    56
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Minutemen

    Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock More
    56
  32. 32
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    ranked high on reranks
    Siouxsie & the Banshees

    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    56
  33. 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Milkmen

    Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    56
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stiff Little Fingers

    Punk rock More
    56
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Exploited

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk More
    55
  36. 36
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    ranked high on reranks
    Anti‐Flag

    Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    55
  37. 37
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    often listed
    The Vandals

    Pop punk, Punk rock More
    54
  38. 38
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    Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock More
    54
  39. 39
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    ranked high on reranks
    Adolescents

    Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk More
    53
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Patti Smith

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    53
  41. 41
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Cure

    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music More
    52
    added by: Desertrat89
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Replacements

    Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock More
    52
  43. 43
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    ranked high on reranks
    Sham 69

    Punk rock, Oi! More
    52
  44. 44
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Jam

    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 34
    Down 22

    ranked high on reranks
    Television

    New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk More
    51
  46. 46
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Undertones

    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop More
    50
    added by: pigonthewing
  47. 47
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    ranked low on reranks
    X-Ray Spex

    New Wave, Punk rock More
    50
  48. 48
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    often listed
    Generation X

    Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk More
    50
    added by: Micksandy
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Butthole Surfers

    Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia More
    50
    added by: MadameLil
  50. 50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fear

    Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk More
    49
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