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
667 147
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

2
633 163
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

3
535 141
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
546 248
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

5
475 219
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

6
355 303
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

7
388 313
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

8
366 285
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

9
350 270
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

10
328 219
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

11
348 296
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

12
326 277
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

13
379 268
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock

14
289 255
X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

15
350 293
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

16
322 235
L7 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

17
320 238
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk

18
338 257
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

19
290 247
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

20
266 193
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly

21
90 39
The Queers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
cmay7783 added Pop punk, Punk rock, Surf music

22
300 233
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

23
319 261
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

24
175 142
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Folk music, Country rock, Alternative country

25
262 284
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

26
264 302
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

27
193 226
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

28
178 208
U.K. Subs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Street punk, Pub rock, Punk rock

29
211 251
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

30
298 320
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

31
216 228
Germs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

32
130 154
The Adverts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock

33
235 252
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

34
116 137
Fang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

35
131 153
5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
lacagoca added Pop punk, Pop music

36
218 235
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Punk rock

37
224 242
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

38
138 166
Angelic Upstarts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Punk rock, Oi!

39
132 158
Gorilla Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

40
125 151
Refused is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Heavy metal, Melodic hardcore, Screamo

41
118 141
Fastbacks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Pop punk, Pop music, Punk rock

42
115 115
Samhain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

43
142 147
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

44
111 133
In Evil Hour is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added In Evil Hour Punk Rock

45
121 146
Superchunk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Pop punk, Emo, Alternative rock

46
109 129
Goldblade is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added Art rock, Punk rock, Art punk

47
123 149
Jawbox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Rock music, Emo, Skate punk

48
144 174
A Day To Remember is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

49
109 131
Mclusky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

50
112 134
TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
punksnotdead added