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. (100 items)
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1
655 143
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

2
613 160
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

3
523 136
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
534 243
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

5
469 208
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

6
322 214
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

7
376 262
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock

8
320 226
L7 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

9
380 308
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

10
265 188
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly

11
348 262
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

12
314 232
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk

13
324 271
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

14
350 297
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

15
334 251
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

16
362 277
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

17
344 288
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
287 250
X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
339 292
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

20
296 231
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

21
287 243
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

22
85 37
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
316 257
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

24
173 139
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Folk music, Country rock, Alternative country

25
260 299
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

26
213 225
Germs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

27
291 316
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

28
232 249
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

29
258 279
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

30
223 239
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

31
192 222
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

32
209 245
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

33
237 257
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

34
216 233
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Punk rock

35
176 204
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
227 247
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

37
219 239
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

38
138 145
Murphy's Law is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Ska punk, Reggae, Skate punk

39
202 220
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock

40
154 164
The Gun Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Garage punk

41
143 151
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

42
183 198
Fear is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

43
132 153
Gorilla Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

44
175 189
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

45
118 136
Fastbacks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Pop punk, Pop music, Punk rock

46
112 115
Samhain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

47
138 161
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

48
120 125
The Dils is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock

49
129 150
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock

50
115 133
Fang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk