Punk 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.

List features The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. Upvote your favorites to see them rise to the top. Give a thumbs down to artists like The Doors and David Bowie if you don't like them and a thumbs up if you do.

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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122 12
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

3
126 13
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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125 13
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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125 13
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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130 14
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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124 13
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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124 13
Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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107 10
The Tornados is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

10
118 12
The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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123 13
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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127 14
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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111 11
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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97 9
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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108 11
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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102 10
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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127 15
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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127 15
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk

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107 11
The Syndicate of Sound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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131 16
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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117 13
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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117 13
Mouse and the Traps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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69 5
The Premiers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

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121 14
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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106 11
The Music Explosion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Protopunk Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added