punk The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists

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During the mid-1970s, punk rock emerged from places like New York City and London as a response to the bloated nature of progressive and hard rock that ruled the day. The top punk rock bands sounded like they were shot out of a cannon, with their simple three-chord songs that hit listeners like a sledgehammer. Aggressive, fast and powerful, punk rock artists are among the best bands of all time. There are a lot of bands 

So, who are the best punk rock bands? On the list of punk rock bands, you'll see popular punk rock bands, and some you may not have heard of. You'll recognize a lot of these name if you like punk rock, like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks. These groups are considered some of the top punk rock bands of all time, The beauty of punk rock is that it reinvigorated the ethos of rock music and the best rock bands channeled the great spirit of how music was meant to be heard, even if some critics didn't understand how it was sounding. Punk rock musicians went against the grain of the time and created a sound that's still around today.
 
That said, it's up to you to decide who are the top punk rock band. This list answers the questions "who are the best punk rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest punk rock musician ever?" It's not an easy question to answer, but
if you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular punk rock musicians that you might've heard of. (117 items)

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

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

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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 Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk Skate punk

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues Rock music

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal Classic Punk

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock Hardcore punk

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The Squids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Squids Comedy, Punk rock

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X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
X Punk blues, Psychobilly Rock music

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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Buzzcocks Pop punk, New Wave Power pop

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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk Rock music

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk Folk rock

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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word Heavy metal

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash Melodic hardcore

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk Street punk

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Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Circle Jerks Rock music, Heavy metal Alternative rock

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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock Rockabilly

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Joe Strummer New Wave, Ska Rock music

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L7 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge Heavy metal

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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Boys Pop punk, Garage rock Power pop

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music Garage rock

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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Dead Boys Rock music, Classic Punk Punk rock

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues Classic Punk

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music Skate punk

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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock Hardcore punk

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The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Vandals Pop punk, Punk rock

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock Alternative rock

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal Reggae

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock Alternative rock

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Germs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music Alternative rock

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk Melodic hardcore

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Fear Punk blues, Punk rock Hardcore punk

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Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Rock music, Punk rock

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk Alternative rock

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Angry Samoans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Angry Samoans Garage punk, Punk rock Hardcore punk

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Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pennywise Pop punk, Crossover thrash Rock music

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T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
T.S.O.L. Horror punk, Glam metal Gothic rock

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U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
U.K. Subs Street punk, Pub rock Punk rock

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The Dils is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Dils Punk rock

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Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Angelic Upstarts Punk rock, Oi!

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The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Adverts Punk rock

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Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave Industrial rock

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock Positive hardcore

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The Gun Club is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Gun Club Punk blues, Psychobilly Garage punk

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Slime is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Slime Punk rock