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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 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. (82 items)

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Interpol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival
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Haneke Twins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
post-punk added post-punk, alternative

Post punk, Alternative

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk
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A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
reza-riyanto added Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk
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White Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
New Wave, Alternative rock, Indie rock
8
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
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Bloc Party is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Post-Britpop
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The National is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Indie folk, Indie rock
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The Libertines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Garage punk, Garage rock, Alternative rock
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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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Editors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Peter Havacs added Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock
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Phase is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
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The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
InsightOut added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music
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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Shpydar added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk
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Ambulance LTD is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
JamesButko added Indie rock
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The Hives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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Kaiser Chiefs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-punk Revival Bands
Americana, Noise rock, Rock music