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
639 138
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

2
597 155
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

3
511 132
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
519 238
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

5
458 201
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

6
319 205
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

7
372 256
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock

8
318 219
L7 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

9
264 179
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly

10
368 304
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

11
343 291
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

12
304 226
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk

13
317 267
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

14
339 258
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

15
351 271
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

16
324 247
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

17
337 282
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
294 223
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

19
282 244
X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

20
334 287
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

21
281 237
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

22
314 250
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

23
79 33
The Queers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
cmay7783 added Pop punk, Punk rock, Surf music

24
171 133
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Folk music, Country rock, Alternative country

25
257 293
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

26
210 220
Germs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

27
256 273
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

28
230 244
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

29
220 233
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

30
286 308
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

31
233 248
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

32
207 238
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
189 216
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

34
214 227
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Punk rock

35
174 198
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
141 144
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

37
182 191
Fear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

38
125 126
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock

39
124 139
Refused is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Heavy metal, Melodic hardcore, Screamo

40
218 233
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Rock music

41
150 155
MxPx is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Christian punk, Skate punk

42
153 159
The Gun Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Garage punk

43
201 214
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Punk rock

44
121 136
Superchunk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Pop punk, Emo, Alternative rock

45
192 204
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

46
131 148
Gorilla Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

47
114 128
Fang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
muzziac added Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

48
137 141
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

49
111 111
Samhain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

50
174 184
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock