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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. (122 items)
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358 97
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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2
335 103
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

3
308 119
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

4
266 98
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

5
223 108
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

6
181 78
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Circle Jerks Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

7
212 132
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

8
188 126
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

9
158 76
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

10
217 122
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

11
178 104
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

12
169 142
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

13
124 84
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added The Squids Comedy, Punk rock

14
178 139
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

15
123 122
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
DukeArcher added The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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16
137 150
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Buzzcocks Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

17
148 132
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

18
102 103
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

19
125 113
L7 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
83 68
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Nashville Pussy Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly

21
107 135
X is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
X Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

22
139 149
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

23
134 124
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Joe Strummer New Wave, Ska, Rock music

24
153 150
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

25
133 156
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

26
122 149
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

27
112 143
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

28
60 61
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

29
169 196
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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30
98 110
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pennywise Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

31
87 98
Germs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

32
103 137
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
The Dead Boys Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

33
107 124
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

34
106 144
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

35
96 131
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

36
33 43
TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers

37
37 49
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock

38
33 43
NoRMAhl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added NoRMAhl Punk rock

39
39 52
Superchunk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Superchunk Pop punk, Emo, Alternative rock

40
52 70
Angry Samoans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Angry Samoans Garage punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

41
41 55
Jawbox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Jawbox Rock music, Emo, Skate punk

42
36 48
The Dils is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Dils Punk rock

43
51 68
A Day To Remember is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added A Day To Remember Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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44 58
Mayday Parade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added Mayday Parade Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

45
70 80
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
T.S.O.L. Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

46
48 52
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

47
36 48
The Zeros is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Zeros Punk rock

48
40 54
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

49
43 58
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Angelic Upstarts Punk rock, Oi!

50
46 62
Gorilla Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Gorilla Biscuits Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore