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The Best Punk Bands Of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 654.4k votes 35.2k voters 503.2k views 389 items

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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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that ...more

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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 that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and ...more

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 4 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 true punk rock group. Despite ...more

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), better known as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Designated the "Godfather of Punk", ...more

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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist (and later guitarist) Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat ...more

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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal ...more

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in ...more

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Black Flag is an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole ...more

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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 10 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 (named ...more

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Descendents is listed (or ranked) 12 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 1979, they enlisted ...more

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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson. MacKaye and Nelson had played in several other bands ...more

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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The Cramps were an American punk band formed in 1976 and active until 2009. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior. Their line-up rotated frequently during their existence, ...more

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains are an American rock band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to ...more

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 by singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist ...more

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U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The U.K. Subs are an English punk band, among the earliest in the first wave of British punk. Formed in 1976, the mainstay of the band has been vocalist Charlie Harper, originally a singer in ...more

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Siouxsie & the Bansh... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their ...more

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Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks (stylized as Ciʀcle JƎʀᴋs) 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 Redd ...more

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Exploited are a Scottish hardcore punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979 by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan and later joined by his brother Wattie Buchan. They signed to Secret ...more

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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Public Image Ltd are an English post-punk band formed by singer John Lydon, guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble and drummer Jim Walker. Personnel has changed frequently over the ...more

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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness (lead vocals, lead guitar), Jonny Wickersham (rhythm guitar, ...more

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 23 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 former members of the band Operation Ivy, Rancid is often credited as being among the wave of bands which ...more

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They were formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike (formerly of False Alarm) and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin ...more

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi (; foo-GAH-zee) is an American 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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