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The Best Post-punk Bands

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Emerging following the punk rock explosion, post punk-bands was a response to that initial movement. Known as a bit more experimental and artistic brand of punk rock, post-punk mixes classic punk with an assortment of other genres to create a sound that is still memorable today. The best post-punk bands emerged in the late 1970s, and many of these post-punk bands still retain a rabid following and remain popular today. In fact, many of the post-punk bands are considered the forebearers and influencers of genres like alternative music, goth rock and industrial music. 

So that said, who are the best post-punk bands of all time? Any list of post-punk groups and post-punk artist must include The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and Siouxsie & The Banshees. These are widely known to anyone post-punk band as the some of the most important bands in the genre. The best post punk bands are included on this list and if you think an important post-punk band isn't on here, feel free to add them. 

This is the list of post-punk bands. Vote up the best post-punk bands you think should be at or near the top of this list. All post-punk bands should be on this poll. Post-punk is one of the most popular genres of music, but you should be voting on the best post-punk bands, not most popular post-punk bands. This list answers the questions "who are the best post-punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-punk musician ever?" 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 post-punk bands that you might've heard of. (69 items)


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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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    Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and ...

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    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    People Are Strange, Evergreen, Crocodiles (bonus disc)

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    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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    Icehouse, The Berlin Tapes, Masterfile

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    Entertainment!, Solid Gold, Songs of the Free

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    Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

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    Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, Send

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    No More Shall We Part, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, Nocturama

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    Script of the Bridge, What Does Anything Mean? Basically, Why Call It ...

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    Jeopardy, Thunder Up, All Fall Down

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    Magic, Murder and the Weather, The Correct Use of Soap

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    Album, Metal Box, This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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    The Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up

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    Extricate, Imperial Wax Solvent, The Light User Syndrome

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    Violent Femmes, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine

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    The Seer, Cop / Young God, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

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    Psychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll

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    This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!

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    20 Jazz Funk Greats, D.o.A. The Third and Final Report, CD1

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    White Bread Black Beer, Cupid & Psyche 85, Provision

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    Double Nickels on the Dime, My First Bells, Introducing the Minutemen

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    All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

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    Impian Cinta

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    Of Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade, Magician Among the Spirits

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    Night Music, Tones On Tail, Weird Pop

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World

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    Cut, Bootleg Retrospective, Return of the Giant Slits

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    Love Is a Ghost, Retribution, Aria of the Devil

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    Not Available, God in Three Persons, Fingerprince

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    Love Is Stronger Than Death, Dogs of Lust (disc 1), Soul Mining

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    Curse, Maximum Security, Information Overload

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    Neon Lights, Don't You (Forget About Me), Glittering Prize 81/92

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    Eligible Bachelors, Strange Boutique, Volume

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    Hit, Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week

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    A Thousand Reasons to Be, North Electronic New Wave 

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    A New Form of Beauty, ...If I Die, I Die

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    Wound in Wall, Detach Me from My Head, Anything But Water

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    Liar, Goat, Pure

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    Drive Like Jehu, Yank Crime, Hand Over Fist/Bullet Train to Vegas

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    Post-Punk, New Wave, Pop

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