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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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6,758 3,510
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

2
7,473 3,135
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

3
6,863 3,071
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
6,019 2,295
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
3,887 2,809
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
4,252 2,947
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
4,583 3,155
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
3,849 2,000
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product

9
4,285 2,992
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

10
4,054 2,101
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

11
3,419 2,512
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
3,320 2,429
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

13
3,748 3,054
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rancid …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

14
5,321 2,429
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

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15
5,585 5,750
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

16
3,970 2,959
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

17
4,532 3,931
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Offspring Smash, Americana, The Offspring

18
3,248 1,927
Descendents is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Descendents Everything Sucks, Milo Goes to College, I Don't Want to Grow Up

19
3,328 2,616
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
2,980 2,353
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

21
2,337 1,741
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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2,131 2,147
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

23
2,632 1,931
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks Group Sex, Golden Shower of Hits, Oddities

24
1,927 1,730
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
2,363 1,824
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs

26
2,303 2,064
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Operation Ivy Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

27
2,377 1,160
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
pigonthewing added The Cramps Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

28
2,253 1,383
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Jam All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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2,660 1,632
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
2,506 2,442
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

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1,905 634
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Corey Watson added Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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2,227 1,692
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

33
2,457 2,121
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Pennywise Land of the Free?, About Time, Home Movies

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1,872 1,292
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Dead Boys All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

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2,213 1,387
The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
VaniadeBie-vernet added The Stranglers No More Heroes, The Stranglers, Aural Sculpture

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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1,727 1,611
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 36 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

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1,806 1,087
Generation X is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Micksandy added Generation X Generation X, Kiss Me Deadly, Valley of the Dolls

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3,385 4,024
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

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2,336 1,370
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Exploited The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

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2,254 1,364
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sham 69 The Adventures of Hersham Boys, The A Files, The Game

41
1,821 1,602
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Milkmen The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

42
1,893 1,118
Crass is listed (or ranked) 42 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

Bloody and Vomit-Filled Behind-The-Scenes Stories Of Iggy Pop, The Godfather Of Punk

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1,542 1,330
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
jinxiethelucky added Agent Orange Living in Darkness, This Is the Voice, Virtually Indestructible

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1,919 1,373
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
GeorgeRainey added Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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1,417 1,470
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 45 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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1,383 1,288
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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1,280 1,267
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Destiny Street, Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's, Time

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1,505 1,345
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Vandals Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World!, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

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1,353 1,381
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
MadameLil added Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician

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1,501 1,227
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