The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time

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 the likes of 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. They're wildly popular and with good reason. 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. (60 items)

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    California, United States of America First wave inspired from LA

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    Bath, United Kingdom Ska punk, political

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