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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 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. 

The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

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    Somewhere in the Between, Everything Goes Numb, 99 Songs of Revolution: ...

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    Everything Sucks, Cheer Up!, Turn the Radio Off

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    …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

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    Let's Face It, Question the Answers, Live From the Middle East

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    Specials, Ghost Town, In the Studio

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    Stomping Ground, Teen Beef, Open Your Eyes

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    Just One More, Quality Soft Core, Duck and Cover

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    Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

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    The Potty Training Years, Symbolic, Baile de los Locos

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    Pray for Mojo, Big Daddy Multitude, Skapocalypse Now!

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    Keasbey Nights, Alone in a Crowd, Washed Up and Through the Ringer!

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    It Means Everything, Introducing... Save Ferris, Modified

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    Deadline, Fuck World Trade, Mediocre Generica

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    The Aquabats! vs. The Floating Eye of Death!, Punk Goes Metal, The Fury of ...

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    Dub 56, Skaboom!, Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

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    Same Old Tunes, Millencolin / Midtown, The Melancholy Collection

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Rump Shaker, Dance Like Nobody's Watching, Origin Edition

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    Mighty, No Self Control, Life of the Party

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    The Great Awake, Destroy to Create, Dead Language

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    Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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    Truth and Soul, The Reality of My Surroundings, It's a Wonderful Life

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    Winter Wonderland, You by Me: Volume 1, Ultra Panic

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    Pornocracy, Built to Fail, Built to Fail+

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    Slapstick, Lookit!, Superhero EP

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    Out of Nowhere, Right on Time, Scientific First wave inspired from LA

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    Out on the Streets, Celebrate the Bullet, Street Feeling

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    Peculiar, Slackness, Close My Eyes

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    Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can ...

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    Deadline, Active Ingredients, Free Souls in a Trapped Environment Ska punk, political

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    Progress, The Resignation, Halfway Between Here and There

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    Destroy What Destroys You, All Fall Down, 24 Hour Roadside Resistance

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    Regrets No More, Old Enough To Know Better

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    Stupidity, Gosh It's... Bad Manners, Mental Notes

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    Twenty-Eight Teeth, Songs in the Key of Bree, Sustain

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    One Big Day, Confrontation, Face to Face

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    Pound for the Sound, Wind Up Toys, Live in MK

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    Before You Knew Better, The Elements of Transition

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