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. (116 items)
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Pop punk, Garage rock, Power pop

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    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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    Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop punk, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Punk rock

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    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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    New Wave, Ska, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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    Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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    Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

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    Street punk, Pub rock, Punk rock

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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

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    Garage punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Punk rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Punk rock, Oi!

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    Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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    Punk rock

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    Punk rock

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    In Evil Hour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists

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    In Evil Hour Punk Rock

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    Punk rock

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