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The Best Bands Like Sublime

Updated November 9, 2020 2.6k votes 325 voters 14.6k views34 items

List RulesVote up the bands that Sublime fans should check out ASAP.

Looking for more good bands like Sublime? You've come to the right place. During the early '90s, Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson, and Bud Gaugh became regarded as one of the best ska bands of all time, and thanks to their masterful fusion of ska-punk with reggae rock and dub, many bands have been inspired by the Long Beach trio.

Bands like Slightly Stoopid and Pepper are perhaps most often cited as related artists, both having appeared on Nowell's Skunk Records label in their early career, while top ska and reggae rock bands like 311 and the Dirty Heads are widely considered to sound like Sublime. Of course, if you're looking for the group with music the most similar to Sublime, you need look no further than Sublime with Rome - a spinoff trio consisting of Wilson, Rome Ramirez, and Carlos Verdugo. While the band is best known for performing classic Sublime hits, Sublime with Rome also has recorded three original albums' worth of new songs which have the flavor we all know and love.

Undeniably, Sublime has had a massive influence on the ska-punk, reggae rock, and dub scenes, inspiring both their contemporaries and modern bands. And, while there are a lot of awesome groups and artists that sound like the legends behind 40 Oz. to Freedom,  it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up the bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Sublime, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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