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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. (111 items)
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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk
2
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
3
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk
4
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave
5
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
6
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk
7
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
8
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore
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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
10
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop
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The Squids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock
12
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk
13
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
14
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
15
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
16
The Queers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
cmay7783 added Pop punk, Punk rock, Surf music
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L7 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal
18
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly
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X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music
20
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
21
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
22
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk
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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
25
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly