music 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. (89 items)

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock Rock music

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave Dance-punk

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Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk Punk rock

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Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Echo & the Bunnymen New Wave, Neo-psychedelia Alternative rock

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Wire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock Industrial music

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock Alternative rock

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music Punk funk

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop Alternative rock

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The Sound is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sound Alternative rock, Punk rock Post-punk

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The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Chameleons New Wave, Gothic rock Dream pop

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock Rock music

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Magazine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Fall Alternative rock, Punk rock Avant-garde

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Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music Alternative rock

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave Synthpop

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Swans Noise rock, Rock music No wave

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The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Jesus and Mary Chain Indie pop, Shoegazing Alternative rock

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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Violent Femmes Alternative rock, Punk rock Folk punk

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave Rock music

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Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave Pop music

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Church is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave Rock music

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Rem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Rem

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop New Wave

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Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient Electronic music

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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music Experimental rock

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Mission of Burma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Mission of Burma Noise rock, Rock music Punk rock

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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave Rock music

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music Experimental rock

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The Slits is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Slits Reggae, Punk rock Post-punk

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone Ska punk

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music Pub rock

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone Pop music

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Theatre of Hate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Theatre of Hate Gothic rock, Punk rock Post-punk

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Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Tones on Tail Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia Psychedelic music

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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D.A.F. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
D.A.F. Electronic New Wave 

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music Pop rock

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Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music Alternative rock

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The Sugarcubes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sugarcubes Electro, Power pop Alternative rock

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Drive Like Jehu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Drive Like Jehu Noise rock, Emo Alternative rock

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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave Indie rock

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John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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+ - 10 13
The The is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The The Soundtrack, New Wave Spoken word

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+ - 10 13
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave Pop music