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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. (83 items)

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

2
437 112
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

3
235 61
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
297 90
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
punksnotdead added Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

5
256 95
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

6
100 28
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tmcandrews3 added Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

7
155 69
Wire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Wire Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

8
134 60
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Fall Alternative rock, Punk rock, Avant-garde

9
127 66
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Jesus and Mary Chain Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

10
103 49
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

11
124 70
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

12
111 61
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
111 67
The Sound is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sound Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

14
102 60
The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Chameleons New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

15
84 49
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

16
60 33
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

17
95 69
Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Violent Femmes Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

18
73 50
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

19
55 37
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Slits Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

20
64 48
Swans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

21
13 1
New Order is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
OwenG02 added New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

22
68 58
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

23
19 6
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Firebird added The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

24
41 32
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

25
45 41
Madness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

26
48 48
Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Tones on Tail Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

27
39 37
Interpol is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Kyle29061 added Interpol Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

28
51 52
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

29
35 34
Mission of Burma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Mission of Burma Noise rock, Rock music, Punk rock

30
31 29
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Teardrop Explodes New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

31
41 42
The Sugarcubes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Sugarcubes Electro, Power pop, Alternative rock

32
47 50
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

33
29 29
Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Orange Juice Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

34
86 106
Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

35
44 52
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

36
31 35
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
punksnotdead added Alien Sex Fiend Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

37
38 45
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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24 26
The Raincoats is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Raincoats Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock, Punk rock

39
11 9
This Heat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tr1061994 added This Heat Experimental rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

40
27 31
Aztec Camera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Aztec Camera Indie pop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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24 27
The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

42
8 6
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
RobertNelson1 added Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

43
24 30
The Durutti Column is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added The Durutti Column Dream pop, Post-rock, Art rock

44
19 23
Associates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Associates Indie pop, New Wave, New Romanticism

45
28 37
Theatre of Hate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Theatre of Hate Gothic rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

46
21 27
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Beat Indie pop, Rock music, Garage punk

47
23 30
Chrome is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Chrome Rock music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

48
6 6
Clock DVA is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
pmcinmtl added Clock DVA Electronic body music, Electronic music, Industrial music

49
28 38
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

50
21 28
A Certain Ratio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added A Certain Ratio Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music