Bands/Musicians The Best Post-punk Revival Bands  

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At the end of the 1990s and early 2000s after alternative music ran its course (or at minimum wasn't nearly as popular, the post-punk revival movement was one of the most exciting in all of music. Mixing post-punk, new wave and garage rock, the post-punk revival bands became some of the most popular bands of the early 2000s. Though the revival only last a handful of years for the most part before fizzling out, the best post-punk revival bands managed to endure and are still around today. Some bands had snazzy looks, others went for a more grungy aesthetic, but is unquestioned is that some of the best bands are known as some of the greatest rock bands.

So, what are the best post-punk revival bands? Any list of post-punk revival bands has to include the likes of Interpol, the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, White Stripes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. While a lot of these are New York bands, post-punk revival bands came from all over, like The HIves from Sweden. If you're a fan of the post-punk revival bands, this list should you figure what band can truly be called the best. While these bands were all praised by NME when they first burst onto the music scene, post-punk revival bands have endured and have became respected bands who helped usher in a new generation of music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best post-punk revival band. If you think a band should be on here and isn't, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best post-punk revival bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-punk revival 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 revival bands that you might've heard of. (81 items)

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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Interpol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Interpol Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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175 115
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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Phase is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added Phase Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Bloc Party is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Bloc Party Dance-punk, Rock music, Post-Britpop

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Editors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Peter Havacs added Editors Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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The National is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The National Indie folk, Indie rock

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52 47
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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The Hives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Hives Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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The Libertines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Libertines Garage punk, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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White Lies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
White Lies New Wave, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Kaiser Chiefs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Kaiser Chiefs Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Kings of Leon Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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The Kills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Kills Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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35 56
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Kooks Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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The Milk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
dan808 added The Milk

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Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
dan808 added Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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Death from Above 1979 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
dan808 added Death from Above 1979 Synthpunk, Noise rock, Dance-punk

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Le Butcherettes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
dan808 added Le Butcherettes Garage punk, Garage rock, Punk rock

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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Vaccines is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Vaccines Pop music, Garage rock, Indie rock

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The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Fratellis Indie pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Raconteurs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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The xx is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Spoon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Spoon Third-wave of ska, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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Rapture is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Rapture Acid house, Dance-punk, Rock music

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Maxïmo Park is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
nosebleed added Maxïmo Park Alternative rock, Art rock, Indie rock

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22 46
The Bravery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Bravery New Wave, Dance-punk, Alternative dance

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Snow Patrol Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
reza-riyanto added Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Wombats Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

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We Are Scientists is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
We Are Scientists Indie, Dance-punk, Rock music

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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Faint New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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18 47
The Walkmen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
The Walkmen Rock music, Garage rock, Indie rock

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A Place to Bury Strangers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
A Place to Bury Strangers Noise rock, New Wave, Space rock

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Babyshambles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Babyshambles Garage punk, Garage rock, Punk rock

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Razorlight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Razorlight Pop music, Garage rock, Post-Britpop

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13 41
British Sea Power is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
British Sea Power Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival