bands/musicians The Best Classic Punk Bands  

Reference
1.4k votes 176 voters 3.9k views 62 items Embed

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. (62 items)

1
61 18
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
shawnwalker added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

These Isolated Vocal Tracks from Classic Songs Are SO Good The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

2
72 26
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

3
61 21
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

4
51 19
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sm2016376 added Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

5
48 23
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

6
31 13
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Sham 69 Punk rock, Oi!

7
18 8
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Stiff Little Fingers Punk rock

8
23 13
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

9
28 18
Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Cock Sparrer Punk rock, Oi!

10
14 7
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

11
25 19
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Dead Boys Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

12
11 5
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

13
22 17
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

14
10 5
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

15
9 5
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
9 5
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

17
8 5
Husker Du is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Husker Du

18
8 5
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

19
7 4
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

20
12 10
999 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added 999 Pop punk, Punk rock

21
11 9
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added The Adverts Punk rock

22
8 6
Wire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

23
8 6
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

24
7 5
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Replacements Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

25
7 5
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

26
7 5
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

27
7 5
The Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Minutemen

28
7 5
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Public Image Ltd. Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

29
19 18
Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues

15 Struggles Everyone Who Grew Up Shy Remembers The Best Punk Songs About Depression

30
7 6
The Germs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Germs

31
7 6
Generation X is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Generation X Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk

32
5 4
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

33
7 7
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

34
5 5
The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Misfits

35
5 5
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Avengers

36
4 4
The Plasmatics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Plasmatics

37
4 4
The Zeros is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Zeros Punk rock

38
4 4
The Dils is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Dils

39
4 4
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
4 4
Flipper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Flipper Noise rock, Sludge metal, Punk rock

41
7 8
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Angelic Upstarts Punk rock, Oi!

42
6 7
The Descendents is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Descendents

43
6 7
Devo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

The Best British Documentaries Full Cast of Contagion Actors/Actresses

44
6 7
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Vandals

45
5 6
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
4 5
The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

47
6 8
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

48
2 4
Green River is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

49
2 5
Mr. Epp and the Calculations is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Mr. Epp and the Calculations

50
4 8
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music