bands/musicians The Best Classic Punk Bands  

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When punk rock first emerged in New York City and London in the 1970s, the bands were some of the exciting and dangerous in the world. Now, years after those electrifying early days, it's hard to admit, but they now fall in the new category of classic punk bands. It may be weird to say, and with good reason since punk bands were supposed to burn out, but these groups have managed to become firmly entrenched in history with their contribution to punk rock music.

So, what groups can be considered the best classic punk bands? Starting at the beginning of punk, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Dead Boys have been instrumental in making punk rock accessible to the masses, even if that wasn't the intention of the music. Thus, their legacy has outlived those particular bands time playing music, and can be considered in the pantheon of classic punk. Bands who should be on this list are punk icons and have influenced the artists of today.

This is a list of classic punk bands. Every band who should be on this list is considered a true giant in punk rock. If you think someone is missing, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best classic punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest classic punk musician ever?" It's up to you to determine who deserves to be on this list and near the top, so vote wisely. (62 items)

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

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Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sham 69 Punk rock, Oi!

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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands

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Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Cock Sparrer Punk rock, Oi!

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Dead Boys Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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Husker Du is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Husker Du

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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999 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
999 Pop punk, Punk rock

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The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Adverts Punk rock

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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Replacements Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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The Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Minutemen

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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Wire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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Generation X is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Generation X Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk

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The Germs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Germs

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Public Image Ltd. Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Avengers

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The Plasmatics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Plasmatics

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The Zeros is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Zeros Punk rock

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The Dils is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Dils

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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Flipper Noise rock, Sludge metal, Punk rock

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Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Angelic Upstarts Punk rock, Oi!

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The Descendents is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Descendents

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Green River is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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Mr. Epp and the Calculations is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mr. Epp and the Calculations

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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music