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The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 562.5k votes 35.8k voters 511.4k views389 items

List RulesThe 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
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    Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ramones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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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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    Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Damned is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Misfits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 9 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,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Descendents is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Bad Religion is a punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 15 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Siouxsie & the Banshees 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Circle Jerks (stylized as Ciʀcle JƎʀᴋs) were an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1979 in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band formed in Ann... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Exploited are a Scottish hardcore punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Generation X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    Generation X (later known as Gen X) were an English punk rock band from London in the late... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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    The Pogues were a British Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Crass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
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