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The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists  

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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 Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music
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Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk
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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock
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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat
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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll
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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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The Monks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added New Wave, Punk rock
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Mouse and the Traps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music
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The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added