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)
Post punk, Alternative