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The Best Punk Bands Of All Time  

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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

Punk rock is one of the most popular rock subgenres. 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 2019.

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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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. ...more
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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, and ...more
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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the ...more
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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band became part of the American hardcore punk movement of the early 1980s. They gained a large ...more
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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Black Flag is an American hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. The band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member ...more
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American protopunk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few ...more
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. ...more
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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Religion is a punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring 3-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain ...more
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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as an important influence on ...more
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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned is an English gothic punk band formed in London in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first ...more
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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minor Threat were a hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 Washington, D.C. and disbanded in 1983. The band was relatively short-lived, but had a strong influence on the hardcore punk scene, both ...more
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington DC in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members objected to this term to ...more
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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1991. Founded by 80s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, who previously played in the highly influential ska ...more
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Descendents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson. In 1980 they enlisted Stevenson's ...more
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986. Green Day's members include Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY ...more
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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Stiff Little Fingers are a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They formed in 1977, at the height of the Troubles. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star, doing rock ...more
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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion (sometimes referred to simply as Social D or SxDx) is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness (vocals, ...more
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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Offspring is an American rock band formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1984. Since its formation, the band's line-up has included Dexter Holland (lead vocals, guitar), Noodles (lead ...more
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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX are an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after. ...more
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Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks were an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. The group was founded by former Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris and Red Kross guitarist Greg Hetson. ...more
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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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The Cramps were an American garage punk band, formed in 1976 and active until 2009. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior. Their line-up rotated much over their existence, ...more
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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist ...more
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, ...more
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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi is an American experimental rock/post-hardcore band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1987. The band consists of guitarists and vocalists Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally ...more
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X is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
X is an American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977. Established among the first wave of American punk, the original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, ...more