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The Best Post-punk Bands  

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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, Bauhaus, 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. (82 items)

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list ordered by
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Punk rock, Post-punk
2
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music
3
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
4
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
punksnotdead added Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk
5
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock
6
New Order is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
OwenG02 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
7
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tmcandrews3 added Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock
8
The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop
9
Wire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music
10
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Firebird added Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock
11
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock
12
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Avant-garde
13
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music
14
The Sound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-punk
15
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk
16
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Post-punk
17
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
18
Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk
19
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
20
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
21
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
RobertNelson1 added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave
22
Swans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
23
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk
24
Madness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music
25
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock