The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: Only include bands that fuse ska and punk. There should only be ska punk bands on this list.

Combining elements of ska music and hardcore punk rock, ska punk first became popular in the late 1970s and was started in the UK. Featuring faster tempos, distorted guitars, spunky instrumentation and a cleaner sound than punk, ska punk first rose to prominence in the 2 Tone movement. Though ska punk was big then, many of the best ska punk bands reached their commercial peak in the 1990s. Many of the 90s ska bands incorporated a degree of punk into their sound, and thus, the originality of this sound enthralled audiences and allowed for ska punk bands to shoot up the charts and become beloved figures within the genre. So, what are the best ska punk bands?

Any list of ska punk bands has to include names like No Doubt, The Specials, Operation Ivy, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. These bands are closely associated with ska punk and with good reason. Even when new ska punk bands come along, these are the bands who have songs that audiences love to sing along with. These ska punk bands are among the best not only within their genre, but are also considered some of the greatest bands of all time.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best ska punk bands. If you know ska punk, and a fan of the top ska punk bands, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you notice a band missing from this list, please add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ska punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ska 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 ska punk bands that you might've heard of. 
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Ska punk, Punk rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Ska punk

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    Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk

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    2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

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    added by Matthew T McHenry
    Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    added by eshan.merali98
    Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by AndrewKelley
    Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska

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    Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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    Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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    Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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    Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

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    Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, 2 Tone

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska, Rocksteady First wave inspired from LA

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    New Wave, Ska

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Ska

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    Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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    Ska punk, Punk rock Ska punk, political

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    Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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    2 Tone, Ska

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    Pop punk, Ska punk

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Ska punk, Ska

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