The Best Post-punk Bands

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Post-punk bands and musicians only.

Emerging following the punk rock explosion, post punk-bands were a response to that initial movement. Known as a bit more experimental and an artistic brand of punk rock, post-punk mixes classic punk with an assortment of other genres to create a sound that is still memorable today. The best American post-punk bands emerged in the late 1970s and early '80s, and many of these post-punk groups still retain a strong following and remain popular today. In fact, this wave of post-punk is considered the fore-bearer and influencer of genres like alternative music, goth rock and industrial music. 

That being said, who are the best post-punk musicians of all time? Any list of post-punk artists must include the names New Order, The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

This list answers the questions "who are the best post-punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-punk musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular post-punk bands or famous acts that you might've heard of.

Most divisive: The Strokes
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