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The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time 

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List Rules Only include bands that fuse ska and punk. There should only be ska punk bands on this list.

Combining elements of ska music and hardcore punk rock, ska punk first became popular in the late 1970s and was started in the UK. Featuring faster tempos, distorted guitars, spunky instrumentation and a cleaner sound than punk, ska punk first rose to prominence in the 2 Tone movement. Though ska punk was big then, many of the best ska punk bands reached their commercial peak in the 1990s. Many of the 90s ska bands incorporated a degree of punk into their sound, and thus, the originality of this sound enthralled audiences and allowed for ska punk bands to shoot up the charts and become beloved figures within the genre. So, what are the best ska punk bands?

Any list of ska punk bands has to include names like No Doubt, The Specials, Operation Ivy, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. These bands are closely associated with ska punk and with good reason. Even when new ska punk bands come along, these are the bands who have songs that audiences love to sing along with. These ska punk bands are among the best not only within their genre, but are also considered some of the greatest bands of all time.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best ska punk bands. If you know ska punk, and a fan of the top ska punk bands, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you notice a band missing from this list, please add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ska punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ska punk 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 ska punk bands that you might've heard of. 
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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Mighty Mighty Bossto... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Big D and the Kids Table... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Madness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time