bands/musicians The Best Classic Punk Bands  

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

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70 23
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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67 22
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
shawnwalker added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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56 22
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Sm2016376 added Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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54 27
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

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34 20
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Sham 69 Punk rock, Oi!

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15 6
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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18 9
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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28 19
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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30 21
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Dead Boys Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

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21 13
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Stiff Little Fingers Punk rock

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15 7
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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15 7
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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30 24
Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Cock Sparrer Punk rock, Oi!

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25 19
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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14 8
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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11 5
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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15 10
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added The Adverts Punk rock

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10 6
Wire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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11 8
Husker Du is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Husker Du

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9 6
The Germs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Germs

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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9 6
Generation X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Generation X Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk

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11 9
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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10 8
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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9 7
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Replacements Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

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9 7
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Public Image Ltd. Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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8 6
The Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Minutemen

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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Flipper Noise rock, Sludge metal, Punk rock

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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20 20
Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Johnny Thunders Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues

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13 13
999 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added 999 Pop punk, Punk rock

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6 5
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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6 5
The Plasmatics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Plasmatics

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9 9
Devo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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8 8
The Descendents is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Descendents

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8 8
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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6 6
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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6 6
The Dils is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Dils

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8 9
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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7 8
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Vandals

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6 7
The Misfits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Misfits

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5 6
The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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5 7
The Zeros is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Zeros Punk rock

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4 6
Green River is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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8 11
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
punksnotdead added Angelic Upstarts Punk rock, Oi!

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7 10
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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7 10
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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Makeshift3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
makeshift3 added Makeshift3

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4 7
Mr. Epp and the Calculations is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Mr. Epp and the Calculations

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8 12
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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10 15
The Dictators is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Punk Bands
The Dictators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk