music The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time  

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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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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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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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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

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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Reel Big Fish Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mad Caddies Ska punk, Punk rock

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Choking Victim Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk - Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Toasters 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

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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

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Millencolin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Millencolin Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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MU330 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
MU330 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Suburban Legends Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time

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

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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Five Iron Frenzy Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Slapstick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Slapstick Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady - First wave inspired from LA

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Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

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Against All Authority is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Against All Authority Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rx Bandits Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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

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Ska-P is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska-P Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time

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The Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Flatliners Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

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Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Link 80 Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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The Hippos Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

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I Voted for Kodos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
I Voted for Kodos Pop punk, Ska punk, Ska

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Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

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The Beat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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The Arrogant Sons of Bitches is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Arrogant Sons of Bitches Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska