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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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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

2
1,030 275
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

3
841 301
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Less Than Jake Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

4
955 354
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

5
914 290
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Reel Big Fish Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

6
820 151
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

7
831 187
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

8
1,069 290
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

9
477 163
The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

10
391 129
Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

11
571 207
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

12
359 122
Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

13
389 143
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mad Caddies Ska punk, Punk rock

14
394 123
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

15
487 146
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

16
458 101
Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

17
289 85
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

18
30 0
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pawelpebowski added exit from hell Ska/Punk/Reggae

19
288 110
The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Toasters 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

20
244 129
Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

21
312 140
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
stiffdraws added The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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281 99
Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
eshan.merali98 added Choking Victim Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk - Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

23
276 133
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

24
172 44
The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added The Interrupters

25
261 109
Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Leftöver Crack Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk

26
157 47
Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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156 51
Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
ErnestBoshey added Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

28
136 62
The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
pcraft added The Slackers Ska

Best Punk Songs About Death

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201 116
Millencolin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Millencolin Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

30
186 66
The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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121 51
Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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105 36
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
StephenBrawn added The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

33
114 79
MU330 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
MU330 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

34
119 90
The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Planet Smashers Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

35
95 34
Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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131 66
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady - First wave inspired from LA

37
106 47
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Matthew T McHenry added Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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115 53
Citizen Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Citizen Fish Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska punk, political

39
99 39
Ska-P is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Florenta Jafri added Ska-P Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

40
119 98
Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
AndrewKelley added Suburban Legends Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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113 53
Against All Authority is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Against All Authority Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

42
358 225
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

Punk Bands with the Best Lyrics

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97 65
Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Five Iron Frenzy Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

44
84 59
Slapstick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Slapstick Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

45
91 73
The Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Flatliners Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

46
108 74
Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rx Bandits Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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71 40
Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Link 80 Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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55 27
Authority Zero is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Joseph Muschaweck added Authority Zero Ska punk, Reggae, Melodic hardcore

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62 41
Ranker Video
sdc224 added The Hippos Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

50
56 33
Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska