Bands/Musicians The Best Classic Punk Bands  

Reference
1.8k votes 224 voters 5.1k views 38 items

When punk rock first emerged in New York City and London in the 1970s, the bands were some of the exciting and dangerous in the world. Now, years after those electrifying early days, it's hard to admit, but they now fall in the new category of classic punk bands. It may be weird to say, and with good reason since punk bands were supposed to burn out, but these groups have managed to become firmly entrenched in history with their contribution to punk rock music.

So, what groups can be considered the best classic punk bands? Starting at the beginning of punk, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Dead Boys have been instrumental in making punk rock accessible to the masses, even if that wasn't the intention of the music. Thus, their legacy has outlived those particular bands time playing music, and can be considered in the pantheon of classic punk. Bands who should be on this list are punk icons and have influenced the artists of today.

This is a list of classic punk bands. Every band who should be on this list is considered a true giant in punk rock. If you think someone is missing, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best classic punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest classic punk musician ever?" It's up to you to determine who deserves to be on this list and near the top, so vote wisely. (38 items)
list ordered by

1
89 32
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

2
76 28
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

3
74 27
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
shawnwalker added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

4
64 23
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sm2016376 added Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

5
61 30
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

6
22 9
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
dan808 added Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

7
35 22
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

8
30 19
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

9
23 14
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Punk rock

10
31 23
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

11
32 25
Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

12
28 21
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

13
16 10
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Punk rock

14
14 9
The Descendents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Descendents

15
9 4
Flipper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Noise rock, Sludge metal, Punk rock

16
13 9
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

17
11 7
The Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Minutemen

18
10 7
Wire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

19
9 8
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Vandals

20
20 21
Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues

21
14 14
999 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Punk rock

22
11 11
Devo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

23
6 7
The Dils is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Dils

24
10 12
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

25
9 12
Charged GBH is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

26
5 8
The Zeros is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Punk rock

27
10 16
The Dictators is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

28
9 17
Violators is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Violators Rock music, Classic Punk, Rock and roll

29
4 14
Cheetah Chrome is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Garage rock, Classic Punk, Punk rock

30
6 17
The Undead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Horror punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

31
5 16
Pure Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Classic Punk, Punk rock

32
6 18
The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock

33
33 61
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

34
3 14
ParrotOx is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
ParrotOx Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

35
4 18
Legionnaires Disease is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Legionnaires Disease Classic Punk, Punk rock

36
0 5
Makeshift3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
makeshift3 added Makeshift3

37
2 14
Butch Lust & The Hypocrites is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Butch Lust & The Hypocrites Classic Punk

38
2 15
butch lust and Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
butch lust and Disgrace Classic Punk