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List Rules The definition of "punk" is nebulous - if you don't consider a band punk, feel free to vote em down

The subject of who is the greatest punk band has fueled argument and debate for decades. Punk and punk inspired musical acts are more common than ever but the underground punk acts of the 70s and 80s will always be remembered for creating a culture for rebellion. From 80s punk to today's top punk bands, which are the best punk rock bands of all time and the best punk bands ever? These punk rocks are also making some of the best rock songs of 2018.

Good punk bands aren't hard to find, there's plenty of great punk music out there, thanks to the many punk groups on this list. Don't see your favorite punk rockers below? Click Rerank to add your list of your favorite punk bands here or vote up the punk acts you love and help create the definitive list of the greatest famous punk bands of all time.

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6,165 3,152
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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2
6,870 2,819
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The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

3
6,276 2,775
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

4
5,473 2,102
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me

5
3,570 2,560
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stooges Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

6
3,831 2,781
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Black Flag Damaged, In My Head, My War

7
4,084 2,947
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Misfits Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us

8
3,624 1,760
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product

9
3,866 1,886
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

10
3,877 2,815
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

11
3,121 2,361
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minor Threat Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape

12
5,186 2,231
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

13
3,043 2,261
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

14
3,386 2,858
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rancid …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

15
5,018 5,248
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

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16
4,126 3,635
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Offspring Smash, Americana, The Offspring

17
3,599 2,768
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

18
2,971 2,455
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion Social Distortion, White Light White Heat White Trash, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

19
2,886 1,809
Descendents is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Descendents Everything Sucks, Milo Goes to College, I Don't Want to Grow Up

20
2,662 2,158
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

21
1,958 1,998
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

22
2,119 1,593
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
New York Dolls New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, Cause I Sez So

23
2,463 1,388
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Siouxsie & the Banshees 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nocturne, Once Upon a Time: The Singles

24
1,746 1,599
X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
X Los Angeles, Under the Big Black Sun, Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

25
2,128 1,688
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs

26
2,381 1,838
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks Group Sex, Golden Shower of Hits, Oddities

27
2,100 1,890
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Operation Ivy Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

28
2,186 1,041
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
pigonthewing added The Cramps Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

29
2,096 1,260
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Jam All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

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30
2,254 2,295
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

31
2,119 1,214
The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
VaniadeBie-vernet added The Stranglers No More Heroes, The Stranglers, Aural Sculpture

32
1,751 1,144
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Dead Boys All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

33
1,607 1,456
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
MC5 Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Back in the USA

34
1,618 493
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Corey Watson added Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

35
2,264 1,950
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Pennywise Land of the Free?, About Time, Home Movies

36
2,008 1,541
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

37
3,097 3,650
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

38
2,204 1,213
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Exploited The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

39
2,162 1,208
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sham 69 The Adventures of Hersham Boys, The A Files, The Game

40
1,641 994
Generation X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Micksandy added Generation X Generation X, Kiss Me Deadly, Valley of the Dolls

41
1,775 945
Crass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Crass Merry Crassmas, Acts of Love: Fifty Songs to My Other Self, The Feeding of the 5000

42
1,416 1,179
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
jinxiethelucky added Agent Orange Living in Darkness, This Is the Voice, Virtually Indestructible

43
1,297 1,312
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime, My First Bells, Introducing the Minutemen

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44
1,304 1,119
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes, So Alone, Down to Kill

45
1,194 1,103
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Destiny Street, Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's, Time

46
1,672 1,245
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
GeorgeRainey added Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

47
1,585 1,527
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Milkmen The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

48
1,144 1,056
Television is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Television Marquee Moon, Television, Adventure

49
1,383 1,205
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Vandals Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World!, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

50
1,425 1,080
The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Adicts Smart Alex, Songs of Praise, Sound of Music