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Protopunk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good protopunk bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top protopunk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Protopunk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all protopunk bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest protopunk bands of all time, since the most famous protopunk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best protopunk music.

You can click on the protopunk band names to see more information about that particular notable protopunk group. If they're near the top of the best protopunk artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top protopunk bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the protopunk band names themselves.

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All important, significant and iconic names in protopunk music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new protopunk bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of protopunk, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into protopunk music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good protopunk bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent protopunk bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best protopunk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest protopunk 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 protopunk bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Badfinger Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

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Slade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Slade Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Them is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lightnin' Hopkins Electric blues, Country blues

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added 13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Doors

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Monks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Monks New Wave, Punk rock

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The Tornados is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Tornados Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Leaves

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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

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The Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Strawberry Alarm Clock

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Mouse and the Traps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mouse and the Traps

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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Nightcrawlers

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The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Castaways

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Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Gene Vincent Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Beau Brummels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Beau Brummels Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Television is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
pedroa21 added Television New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Raspberries Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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Shocking Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Shocking Blue

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Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Syndicate of Sound is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Syndicate of Sound

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The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Magic Mushrooms

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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The Music Explosion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Music Explosion

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Outsiders Rock music, Garage rock, Rock and roll

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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added David Bowie

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added ? & the Mysterians Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk