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Emerging following the punk rock explosion, post punk-bands was a response to that initial movement. Known as a bit more experimental and 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 post-punk bands emerged in the late 1970s, and many of these post-punk bands still retain a rabid following and remain popular today. In fact, many of the post-punk bands are considered the forebearers and influencers of genres like alternative music, goth rock and industrial music. 

So that said, who are the best post-punk bands of all time? Any list of post-punk groups and post-punk artist must include The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and Siouxsie & The Banshees. These are widely known to anyone post-punk band as the some of the most important bands in the genre. The best post punk bands are included on this list and if you think an important post-punk band isn't on here, feel free to add them. 

This is the list of post-punk bands. Vote up the best post-punk bands you think should be at or near the top of this list. All post-punk bands should be on this poll. Post-punk is one of the most popular genres of music, but you should be voting on the best post-punk bands, not most popular post-punk bands. 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 instead of just voting for the most popular post-punk bands that you might've heard of. (100 items)
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502 105
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

2
414 105
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

3
218 56
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

4
267 79
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Echo & the Bunnymen New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

5
281 86
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
punksnotdead added Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

6
242 91
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

7
202 77
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
chucky added The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

8
165 61
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

9
90 24
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tmcandrews3 added Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

10
144 61
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
ozzy added The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

11
176 88
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

12
139 67
Wire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

13
122 60
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Jesus and Mary Chain Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

14
118 58
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Fall Alternative rock, Punk rock, Avant-garde

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15
108 53
Devo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

16
95 47
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

17
99 54
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
110 64
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

19
77 44
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

20
57 28
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

21
98 66
The Sound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sound Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

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22
89 58
The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Chameleons New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

23
64 36
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
92 65
Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Violent Femmes Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

25
71 45
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

26
65 45
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

27
50 36
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Slits Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

28
61 49
The Church is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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29
56 46
Swans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

30
46 37
The The is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The The Soundtrack, New Wave, Spoken word

31
52 45
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

32
60 56
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

33
36 29
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
42 38
Madness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

35
51 49
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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35 32
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

37
46 46
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

38
33 30
Interpol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Kyle29061 added Interpol Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

39
40 39
The Sugarcubes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sugarcubes Electro, Power pop, Alternative rock

40
29 26
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Teardrop Explodes New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

41
9 1
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Firebird added The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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44 45
Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Tones on Tail Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

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37 37
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

44
85 104
Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

45
42 49
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

46
36 42
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

47
25 28
Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Orange Juice Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

48
23 26
The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

49
36 44
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

50
25 29
Aztec Camera is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Aztec Camera Indie pop, New Wave, Alternative rock