Punk 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. (112 items)
list ordered by

1
685 154
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

2
656 169
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

3
553 145
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
560 258
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

5
496 228
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

6
401 322
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

7
362 311
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

8
372 294
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

9
357 282
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

10
330 244
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk

11
331 285
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

12
332 228
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

13
354 303
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

14
383 273
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock

15
358 299
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

16
327 242
L7 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

17
344 263
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

18
289 263
X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
269 199
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly

20
294 255
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

21
304 242
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

22
94 45
The Queers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
cmay7783 added Pop punk, Punk rock, Surf music

23
324 266
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

24
179 146
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Folk music, Country rock, Alternative country

25
270 289
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

26
186 202
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

27
272 307
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

28
132 140
Gogol Bordello is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Romani music, Gypsy punk, Punk rock

29
303 328
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

30
220 234
Germs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

31
214 258
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

32
148 174
Against Me! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Folk rock, Alternative rock, Punk rock

33
239 258
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

34
227 246
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

35
180 217
U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Street punk, Pub rock, Punk rock

36
193 235
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

37
243 267
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

38
142 148
Murphy's Law is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Ska punk, Reggae, Skate punk

39
225 249
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

40
204 224
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock

41
219 242
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Punk rock

42
236 261
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

43
116 139
Dezerter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

44
186 203
Fear is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
131 160
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock

46
146 156
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

47
112 136
In Evil Hour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added In Evil Hour Punk Rock

48
140 172
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

49
116 120
Samhain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

50
117 143
Fang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk