bands/musicians The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists  

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Protopunk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good protopunk bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top protopunk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Protopunk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all protopunk bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest protopunk bands of all time, since the most famous protopunk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best protopunk music.

You can click on the protopunk band names to see more information about that particular notable protopunk group. If they're near the top of the best protopunk artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top protopunk bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the protopunk band names themselves.

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The list includes all new protopunk bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of protopunk, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into protopunk music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good protopunk bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent protopunk bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best protopunk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest protopunk 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 protopunk bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Jonathan Richman & The Modern ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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Television is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Television New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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The Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Richard Hell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Richard Hell Rock music, Protopunk, Rock and roll

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Johnny Thunders Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues

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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Carl Perkins Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Monks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Monks New Wave, Punk rock

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Shaggs Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Shadows of Knight Blues-rock, Garage rock

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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Love is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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The Music Explosion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Shocking Blue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Outsiders Rock music, Garage rock, Rock and roll