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The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists 

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List Rules While much of punk may have started at NYC's CBGB, that's not to say such artists like Patti Smith are considered punk rock.

During the mid-1970s, punk rock emerged from places like New York City and London as a response to the bloated nature of progressive and hard rock that ruled the day. The top punk rock bands sounded like they were shot out of a cannon, with their simple three-chord songs that hit listeners like a sledgehammer. Aggressive, fast and powerful, punk rock artists are among the best bands of all time. There are a lot of bands 

So, who are the best punk rock bands? On the list of punk rock bands, you'll see popular punk rock bands, and some you may not have heard of. You'll recognize a lot of these name if you like punk rock, like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks. These groups are considered some of the top punk rock bands of all time, The beauty of punk rock is that it reinvigorated the ethos of rock music and the best rock bands channeled the great spirit of how music was meant to be heard, even if some critics didn't understand how it was sounding. Punk rock musicians went against the grain of the time and created a sound that's still around today.

That said, it's up to you to decide who are the top punk rock band. This list answers the questions "who are the best punk rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest punk rock musician ever?" It's not an easy question to answer, but
if you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular punk rock musicians that you might've heard of.

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Velvet Underground ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Squids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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The Queers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists