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List Rules 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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885 216
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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2
938 240
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

3
742 129
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

4
755 267
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Less Than Jake Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

5
758 165
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

6
864 325
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

7
816 268
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Reel Big Fish Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

8
965 270
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

9
446 151
The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

10
361 121
Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

11
511 198
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

12
317 115
Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

13
354 136
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mad Caddies Ska punk, Punk rock

14
441 139
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

15
356 118
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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16
413 96
Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

17
271 78
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

18
266 104
The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Toasters 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

19
223 122
Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

20
285 129
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
stiffdraws added The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

21
256 94
Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
eshan.merali98 added Choking Victim Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk - Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

22
246 102
Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Leftöver Crack Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk

23
256 128
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

24
142 39
The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added The Interrupters

25
135 44
Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

26
138 47
Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
ErnestBoshey added Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

27
188 108
Millencolin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Millencolin Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

28
123 60
The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
pcraft added The Slackers Ska

29
174 62
The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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30
109 45
Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

31
103 73
MU330 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
MU330 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

32
111 84
The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Planet Smashers Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

33
93 32
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
StephenBrawn added The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

34
123 63
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady - First wave inspired from LA

35
99 44
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Matthew T McHenry added Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

36
335 205
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

37
83 29
Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

38
110 94
Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
AndrewKelley added Suburban Legends Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

39
105 52
Citizen Fish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Citizen Fish Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska punk, political

40
102 50
Against All Authority is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Against All Authority Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

41
88 61
Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Five Iron Frenzy Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

42
74 34
Ska-P is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Florenta Jafri added Ska-P Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

43
75 56
Slapstick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Slapstick Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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44
84 70
The Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Flatliners Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

45
99 73
Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rx Bandits Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

46
61 37
Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Link 80 Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

47
49 30
Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska

48
45 25
Authority Zero is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Joseph Muschaweck added Authority Zero Ska punk, Reggae, Melodic hardcore

49
89 53
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Beat Indie pop, Rock music, Garage punk

50
49 38
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sdc224 added The Hippos Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska