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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. (85 items)

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1
542 113
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Punk rock, Post-punk

2
447 112
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

3
241 62
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

4
301 90
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
259 95
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

6
102 30
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tmcandrews3 added Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

7
157 70
Wire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

8
136 60
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Avant-garde

9
132 66
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

10
106 49
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Post-punk

11
127 70
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

12
113 62
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
106 60
The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

14
111 68
The Sound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

15
87 50
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Arthur Williams added Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

16
61 35
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

17
98 71
Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

18
76 52
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

19
18 2
New Order is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
OwenG02 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

20
55 37
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

21
65 48
Swans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

22
71 58
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

23
22 7
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Firebird added Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

24
43 32
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

25
47 43
Madness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

26
53 52
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

27
44 42
The Sugarcubes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Electro, Power pop, Alternative rock

28
41 39
Interpol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Kyle29061 added Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

29
48 48
Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

30
36 34
Mission of Burma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Noise rock, Rock music, Punk rock

31
48 50
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

32
31 29
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

33
30 29
Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

34
87 106
Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

35
13 9
This Heat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
tr1061994 added Experimental rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

36
25 26
The Raincoats is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock, Punk rock

37
10 6
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
RobertNelson1 added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

38
39 45
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

39
44 52
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

40
31 35
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
punksnotdead added Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

41
25 27
The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

42
28 32
Aztec Camera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Indie pop, New Wave, Alternative rock

43
24 27
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Indie pop, Rock music, Garage punk

44
20 23
Associates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Indie pop, New Wave, New Romanticism

45
24 30
Chrome is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Rock music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

46
24 30
The Durutti Column is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Dream pop, Post-rock, Art rock

47
29 38
Theatre of Hate is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Gothic rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

48
22 28
Tuxedomoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added New Wave, Experimental music, Punk rock

49
22 28
A Certain Ratio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
daniel-ospina added Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music

50
29 39
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-punk Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge