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?"

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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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The Monks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Monks New Wave, Punk rock

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added 13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Jonathan Richman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jonathan Richman

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Little Richard

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lightnin' Hopkins Electric blues, Country blues

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Mouse and the Traps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mouse and the Traps

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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Nightcrawlers

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The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Castaways

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Strawberry Alarm Clock

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Sam the Sham & the Pharaoh... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Doors

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The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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The Moontrekkers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Moontrekkers

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The Merry-Go-Round is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Merry-Go-Round Pop music

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The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Beau Brummels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Beau Brummels Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Swingin' Medallions is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Swingin' Medallions

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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Carl Perkins Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Leaves

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Every Mother's Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Every Mother's Son

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Lowell George and the Factory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lowell George and the Factory

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The Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Chambers Brothers

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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Leaves

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We Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added We Five Rock music, Folk rock

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Moulty and the Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Moulty and the Barbarians

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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Badfinger Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Shaggs Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music