Bands/Musicians 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)
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771 190
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk
2
742 206
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
3
629 170
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk
4
639 294
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave
5
560 288
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
6
468 351
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk
7
410 345
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
8
416 332
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore
9
396 322
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
10
369 322
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop
11
397 334
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
12
356 284
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk
13
360 257
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
14
392 332
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk
15
396 300
The Squids is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Darby added Comedy, Punk rock
16
309 291
X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music
17
324 287
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
18
370 303
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
19
329 265
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
20
336 278
L7 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal
21
280 228
Nashville Pussy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Boogie rock, Psychobilly
22
341 290
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Ska, Rock music
23
114 69
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
305 313
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
25
310 328
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk